KEENE, N.H. - Despite being tied at one at halftime, the Keene State women's soccer team fell to Amherst 5-2 in an offensive battle at the Owl Athletic Complex on Tuesday night in non-conference play.
- Keene State: 8-5-0, 3-1-0 LEC
- Amherst: 5-5-1, 1-4-1 NESCAC
How It Happened
Amherst earned an early one-goal edge at the 9:10 mark, as Rubii Tamen tipped a pass off a corner kick to Eden Charles, who settled the ball and tucked a shot past Owls' goalkeeper and the reigning LEC Goalkeeper of the Week Shelby Offord. Keene State fired back with two shots on goal less than two minutes later, as senior Taylor Farland dribbled ino the box and ripped off a shot, but Mammoths' goalkeeper Chelsea Cutler made a point-blank save to keep the Owls at bay, before senior Gretchen Greene was able to get a shot off from the top of the box, as Cutler was in place to make the save.
With just under 25 minutes to go in the first half, Hannah Guzzi aimed to double the Mammoths' lead with a hard shot at the top of the box, but an outstretched Offord tipped the ball over the crossbar. Keene State found an equalizer at the 33:02 mark, when freshman Rachel Braun sent a long pass from the left to the feet of junior Stephanie Spitz, who knocked it down to pull the Owls even, as the two teams went into the half knotted up at one.
Keene State aimed to take the lead in the 53rd and 55th minute, as the Owls pressured the Amherst defense, but senior Julia Pearson's shot was blocked and Greene's shot went just over the crossbar. Amherst pulled ahead in the 58th minute, when Guzzi put away a rebound off a Kata Heffron shot from outside the box, before the Mammoths pushed their advantage to two at the 67:05 mark, as Natalie Landau fired off a shot from outside the box and into the right corner for a score of 3-1, Amherst.
Keene State kept up the pressure and was able to get one back just 2:49 later, when senior Taylor Farland brought the ball up the left side and ripped off a shot from just inside the box to cut the Owls' deficit back to one. The Mammoths took back their two-goal cushion in the 79th minute, when Claire Nam finished off a pass in the box from Natalie Landau for a 4-2 Amherst edge, before the visitors added a final tally in the 87th minute, as Delancey King controlled a pass from Mia Bongiorno and found the back of the net to extend the score to 5-2.
Inside the Box
- In between the pipes, Offord tallied a career-high 10 saves over 90 minutes of play, while Cutler registered four stops.
- The Mammoths owned the advantage in shots, 32-15, and corner kicks, 7-2, over the Owls.
- Farland led the way for Keene State with seven shots, including three on goal, while Guzzi had a game-high nine shots.
- Keene State will host Eastern Connecticut State in a LEC showdown on October 14th for a 3:00 p.m. kick-off.
- Amherst will head to Colby on Saturday for a 11:00 a.m. tilt.