Men's Soccer Drops 2-0 Decision to Wheaton

Men's Soccer Drops 2-0 Decision to Wheaton
KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State College men's soccer team falls to Wheaton College 2-0 in non-conference action, Saturday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex. 

Records 

  • Keene State: 2-2-0 
  • Wheaton (Mass.): 2-2-0

How It Happened 

Wheaton controlled the pace of the game early on, before allowing the first KSC shot off the foot of LJ Luster at 15:03, which was an easy save by the Lyons keeper. Wheaton finally broke through on the scoreboard in the 21st minute as Jules Stewart drove the ball in the back of the net, following a corner kick. Brady Smith served up the ball into the box, Stewart was able to corral the ball and was able to drive it into the lower left corner of the cage.

With 15 minutes before halftime, the Owls had multiple scoring chances but were unable to capitalize. KSC was able to fire three shots in roughly a five minutes period but were not able to find the back of the net. In the 41st minute, Keene State had offensive numbers but the opportunity was thwarted as the Wheaton keeper made a diving stop to cut off the crossing pass. 

After the intermission, Keene came out firing two quick shots but not able to connect. The Lyons were able to grab momentum in the 60th minute as they fired three shots and were awarded two corners but were not able to expand their lead. The visiting team was able to extend the lead a little later as Keene State defender took down Curran Wait in the box, resulting in a penalty kick. Wait scored by shooting at the high middle of the net, but the Owls' keeper was not able to stop the shot. The Owls were able to get two chances in the closing moments of regulation, but could not find the back of the cage. 

Inside the Box 

  • Wheaton had the slight advantage in the shots department, 11-10, and also was awarded five corner kicks compared to the one that Keene State received. 
  • Anthony Pasciuto and Chase Patterson split time in the cage for the Owls as both recorded one stop, while their counterpart Diego Medina made two saves for the Lyons. 
  • With the win, Wheaton increases their lead in the all-time series, 12-8-2.

Up Next 

  • Keene State hit the road on Tuesday, September 11th, as they take on #5 ranked Tufts University starting at 7 p.m.
  • Wheaton College returns home on Wednesday, September 12th, as they Lyons play host to New England College with a 4 p.m. start time