Men's Soccer Draws With Southern Maine In LEC Clash

Senior William Salta scored the game-tying goal in the double over time draw with Southern Maine. (Photo by Jake Paquin)
Senior William Salta scored the game-tying goal in the double over time draw with Southern Maine. (Photo by Jake Paquin)

GORHAM, Maine - The Keene State men's soccer program fought to a double overtime draw with Southern Maine, 1-1, in Little East Conference (LEC) action on Saturday afternoon. 

Records 

  • Keene State: 5-2-3, 2-0-1 LEC
  • Southern Maine: 4-5-1, 0-2-1 LEC

How It Happened 

After a scoreless first 44:29 minutes of play, Southern Maine earned the lead just before the break after a counter attack led to a goal by Benjamin Musese. The Huskies' effort started when Joseph Kalilwa sent a through ball to Musese in the box, who fired the ball past the Owls' goalkeeper Jason Smith.

Keene State opened the second half with chances from sophomore Donovan Harris and senior Riley Steele, but each opportunity missed the mark. The Owls were able to even the score at one in the 67th minute, when the visitors were awarded a penalty kick, as senior William Salta converted to give Keene State the game-tying goal that eventually led into overtime. Keene State fired off five shots in the first overtime stanza, but the Owls could not find the back of the net to the win.

Inside the Box 

  • For the Owls, Smith recorded one save over the 110 minutes of play, while his counterpart made two stops for the Huskies. 
  • Keene State held a 20-10 edge in shots over Southern Maine, including an 8-3 advantage in the first half. The Owls also outshot the Huskies 6-2 in overtime. 
  • This is the first time since 2010 that the Owls have been undefeated in LEC play through three games. 

Up Next 

  • Keene State heads to Worcester State on Wednesday, October 4th for a rescheduled matchup with the Lancers, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
  • Southern Maine will travel to Maine-Farmington on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. contest.