KEENE, N.H. - Senior Kali Santino started her final season with the Owls with a game-winning strike, as the midfielder fired off a shot in the box and into the back of the net with 1:03 to go in double overtime to lift the Keene State women's soccer team to a 3-2 victory against the Endicott College Gulls on Saturday afternoon for the season opener at the Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 1-0
- Endicott: 0-1
How It Happened
Endicott picked up an early lead, as the Gulls found a crack in the Owls' defense, when Mary Verneris placed a shot into the bottom left corner just 5:19 into the contest for an advantage in favor of the visitors. Rachel Hanna doubled the lead for Endicott just under 10 minutes later, as Hanna fired off a shot into the top left corner and out of reach of the Owls' goaltender freshman Shelby Offord. The Owls began to find their rhythm in the middle of the first half when senior forward Julia Pearson sent a shot just wide of the goal with 20:13 gone. Keene State continued to put pressure on the Gulls, before finally finding a way into the striking zone when junior forward Stephanie Spitz dribbled up the right side and crossed the ball into the box to an open Morgan Kathan, who slotted it home and put the Owls on the board. Keene State would get another chance off the head of Kathan before the end of the first half, but the Owls went into the break down by a goal.
Keene State changed the tone of the game quickly in the first few minutes of the second half, as junior Patricia Norton dribbled past multiple defenders and blasted a shot from outside the box into the upper left corner, past the outstretched hands of the new keeper Caroline Armbruster. Back and forth play continued throughout the remainder of regulation play with opportunities at both ends, as time expired with an even score of two.
In the first overtime section, the Gulls produced a pair of breakaway chances, but freshman keeper Abbie Terrinca came up big to deny Endicott in a 1v1 situation in her first collegiate game and keep the Owls alive. Despite multiple chances from each side, Keene State and Endicott were forced into a second overtime period. As time wound down in the final minutes of double overtime, Keene State earned a corner kick, as Santino collected a pass from senior Chloe Loos off the rebound and fired off the game-winner.
Inside the Box
- Endicott held a narrow 18-17 advantage in shots over Keene State, as both teams earned five corner kicks apiece.
- This is the second game-winning goal in Santino's career.
- Terrinca had a standout performance in the first overtime period, as the freshman keeper made four key saves and six overall during her 63:57 minutes in goal.
- The Owls hold a 9-3 edge in the all-time series against Endicott.
- Keene State has now won four of their past five season opener games.
- Keene State will look to extend their at home winning streak when the Owls take on Lasell College at the Owls Athletic Complex on Wednesday, September 6th at 6:00 p.m.
- Endicott will have a quick turnaround as the Gulls welcome Salem State to Hempstead Stadium on Sunday, September 3rd at 4:00 p.m.