KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State men's soccer program triumphed over Western New England, 3-2, on Wednesday night at the Owl Athletic Complex in non-conference action.
- Keene State: 5-2-2, 2-0 LEC
- Western New England: 7-2-0, 2-0 CCC
How It Happened
Western New England got off to a very hot start, when the Golden Bears capitalized on an unsuccessful clear by Keene State, as Corey Brown collected the ball and fired off a shot into the right corner just 19 seconds into play to grab the lead for the visitors. The Owls answered back just over 10 minutes later, as senior Promise Kpee controlled a long ball from the back line and dribbled past the Golden Bears' final defender to beat WNEU's goalkeeper Sam Brewer one-on-one to even the score at one. Keene State did not waste much time before scoring again, as Kpee ran up the right flank and sent a cross to the feet of William Salta, who ripped off a shot that landed into the left corner to give the Owls the 2-1 advantage. In the 37th minute, Kory Caster connected with Troy Remillard off a corner kick, but Owls' goalkeeper Joey Rosa make an outstretched save to keep Keene State on top going into the break.
Back and forth play continued into the second half, until the final four minutes of the game. In the 86th minute, Salta sent a ball from the right side, where it was picked up by junior Samuel Binogono on the left side, who sent a shot into the right side netting, giving the Owls a two-goal cushion. The Golden Bears aimed to make a late comeback, when Logan Pingree found a ball at the top of the box and chipped it over the oncoming Owls' goalkeeper Jason Smtih with just under two minutes on the clock, but it wasn't enough for the visitors, as time expired in favor of Keene State.
Inside the Box
- The Owls split time between the pipes, as Rosa registered three saves in the first half and Smith stopped five in the second stanza. For the Golden Bears, Brewer scooped up three.
- Western New England held a 17-10 advantage in shots over Keene State, while both teams earned six corner kicks.
- With tonight's goal, Kpee has tallied 38 career goals and is now tied for 10th all-time, matching the career numbers of Jesus Menendez (1985-88) and Graham Jones (1971-74).
- Keene State will travel for the next two games, as the Owls will first head to Southern Maine for a Little East Conference (LEC) contest against the Huskies. Game time is set to begin at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30th.
- Western New England will stay on the road and play Endicott on Saturday for a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) game, beginning at 7:00 p.m.