MANSFIELD, Conn.--The Keene State College men's soccer team came up just short on its quest for a Little East Conference championship with a heartbreaking, 2-1 overtime loss to Western Connecticut State University at the Mansfield Turf Complex at Eastern Connecticut State.
- Keene State: 13-6
- Western Conn. State: 17-3-3
How it Happened
The Owls outshot Western Conn. 15-12, and 8-5 in shots on goal, but Darion Richeme' scored his third goal in two games with the winner with 2:10 left in the first overtime, sliding the ball just under Pasciuto.
Connor Downey had given the Owls the lead with 10 minutes remaining in the first half, scoring his second goal of the tournament by taking a pass from Emmanuel Smith and tucking the ball between WestConn goalie Daniel Szabo and the right post. The Owls pushed for a second goal, as Smith hit the post from very close range in the 72nd minute and Downey forced a save from Szabo a minute later.
Western Connecticut State tied the game with 10 minutes left in regulation, as LEC leading scorer Chauncey Allers took a pass from Mikey Sciortino and bent a curling shot past the dive of Pasciuto. KSC kept looking for the winning goal as Isaiah Lovering rose to head Smith's corner kick, but powered his header over the net in the 88th minute.
With the game still tied and deep into the first overtime, Downey had Keene State's first attempt in the 95th minute but Szabo stopped the shot, and two minutes later, Richeme' ended the contest with the game winner.
Inside the Box
- The Owls were bidding for their seventh LEC tournament title, having last won it in 2010. KSC also won in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2006.
- It was the fourth time in program history that Keene State had gone to overtime in the LEC title game, having defeated Plymouth State in overtime in 1999, and fallen to Western Connecticut State in 2003 and UMass Boston in 2014.
- Western Connecticut has now ended Keene State's season in each of the last two years. The Colonials won a penalty kick shootout in 2017 in the semifinal round.
- The Owls' season will end. The Colonials received the LEC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and will find out their site and opponent when the brackets are released at 1 p.m. on Monday.