KEENE, N.H.--Senior Gretchen Greene's first career goal lifted the Keene State College women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over UMass Boston in the Little East Conference opener for both teams on a sweltering Saturday at Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 4-1, 1-0 LEC
- UMass Boston: 0-5, 0-1 LEC
How it Happened
An extordinarily humid day in mid-September saw the Owls have plenty of chances. UMass Boston goalie Gigi Braga tipped Patricia Norton's header on to the post in the 14th minute, then saved from Kali Santino 30 seconds later.
Morgan Kathan found her self in acres of space in the 35th minute, but fired her shot over the net, and Quinn Dorogi's free kick whistled wide of the post with less than five minutes left before halftime.
Tori Laires nearly headed the Owls in front at the 49:37 mark of the second half. The Owls held a whopping 23-1 edge in shots on goal, but could not solve UMass Boston goalie Gigi Braga until the 64th minute. A UMass Boston clearance found the foot of Greene about 22 yards out, and the senior smashed in the first goal of her Keene State career, hitting the crossbar and falling over the line before Braga could swat it away. After a few seconds of confusion, the referee confirmed it was a goal and the Owls were in front.
Keene State received an extra advantage about nine minutes later, when UMass Boston's Kerri Alexander received her second yellow card of the afternoon, forcing the Beacons to play down a man for the final 18:33. The Owls poured on the pressure, as freshman Jordyn Abasciano nearly beat Braga on a breakaway in the 83rd minute, but the score held.
Inside the Box
- Abbie Terrinca made just one stop for the Owls improving to 3-1 on the year in net and earning her first career shutout.
- It marked the fourth straight game that the Owls have not lost to the Beacons, having beaten them in each of the last two seasons, plus ties in 2014 and 2015. The 2014 tie was a 1-1 draw that took place in the Little East Conference championship game, where the Owls prevailed 4-3 on penalty kicks.
- Keene State has won its last five conference openers.
- Keene State heads back out of conference and on the road, traveling to Westfield State University on September 20 at 7 p.m.
- The Beacons, who have played all five of their games on the road, head to cross-city foe Emmanuel College on the same day at the same time.