BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The Keene State women's soccer team was defeated by Bridgewater State, 2-0, on Wednesday night at Swenson Field in non-conference play.
- Keene State: 8-7-0, 3-2-0 LEC
- Bridgewater State: 9-5-0, 4-1-0 MASCAC
How It Happened
Emma Sanders opened the scoring in the 14th minute for Bridgewater State as she knocked home a perfectly executed crossing pass from Tess Nagle, as Courtney Pepin picked up the secondary assist on the goal. The Owls looked to answer back just over a minute later, but senior Julia Pearson's opportunity was saved by the Bears' goalkeeper Lauren DeSousa.
Keene State opened the second half by putting the pressure on Bridgewater State's backline, as the Owls earned five corner kicks in the first six minutes of the second stanza, yet shots by senior Natalie Roca and senior Taylor Farland went wide, while senior Tori Laires' header shot was saved by DeSousa. Midway through the second half, Bridgewater extended their lead to two, as the Bears were awarded a penalty kick as Sanders drew a foul in the box. Sanders then buried the PK attempt for her sixth goal of the season. Despite Keene holding a decided territorial advantage in the second half, it was the Bears who had the best scoring chance in the second stanza (other than the PK) as Pepin rang the right post on a breakaway bid in the 66th minute.
Inside the Box
- Keene State held a 29-15 shot advantage including a decided 18-6 edge in the second half, including eight shots on goal. All eight of the Owls' corner kick attempts also occurred over the final 45 minutes.
- Freshman netminder Shelby Offord turned aside four shots in the setback for the Owls, while DeSousa registered eight saves for the Bears.
- Keene State holds an all-time series of 18-1-1 with Bridgewater State since first meeting in 1997.
- The Owls will host Little East Conference (LEC) foe Rhode Island College on Saturday afternoon for a 1:00 p.m. matchup.
- The Bears will travel to Mass. Maritime Academy on Friday night for a 7:00 p.m. Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) game with the Buccaneers.
(Portions of this release courtesy of Bridgewater State)