KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State women's soccer program celebrated Senior Day in impressive fashion, as five different seniors recorded a goal to lead the Owls to a 7-2 victory over Rhode Island College in a Little East Conference (LEC) contest on Saturday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 9-7-0, 4-2-0 LEC
- Rhode Island College: 4-11-1, 1-4-1 LEC
How It Happened
The Owls put on the pressure early, as senior Taylor Farland scored at the 12:48 mark to give Keene State a 1-0 advantage. Farland collected a pass from senior Katie Silegy on the left side and dribbled into the box, before firing off a cross net shot into the low right corner. At the 18:04 mark, the Owls increased their lead to two when senior Julia Pearson sent a high cross to Silegy, who headed the ball straight at the Anchorwomen's goaltender Erica Edwards, but the ball slipped out of Edwards' hands and into the back of the net.
RIC responded to Keene State with a strike in the 21st minute, as Brittany DeGrooth fed a pass to Brooke Young, who sent a ball into the high left corner and past an outstretched Owls' goaltender Shelby Offord. Just over three minutes later, Farland notched her second goal of the game after controlling a punt from Offord, sending her shot into the low left corner for a two-goal cushion. RIC tested Keene State during the final minutes of the first half, as the Anchorwomen were able to cut their deficit back to one at the 42:53 mark, when Olivia Capraro sent a pass to DeGrooth, who raced forward and found the back of the net, to make it 3-2, Keene State, going into the break.
Pearson pushed the Owls' lead back to two to start the second stanza, as Farland collected a ball just outside the box and sent it to the feet of Pearson, who ripped off a shot from the right into the top left corner for Keene State's fourth goal of the game at the 50:19 mark. Just a few minutes later at the 57:23 mark, Farland completed a hat-trick, as the forward raced past multiple defenders to collect a through ball from Silegy and defeated Edwards one-on-one to push the score to 5-2, Keene State.
RIC's best chance of the half came with 15:40 remaining in regulation, as Madyson Christian controlled the ball in the box and placed a shot, but Offord made a point-blank save. In the 81st minute, the Owls increased their lead to five, as freshman Caitlin Klose set up senior Morgan Kathan, who headed the ball past Edwards.
With 2:25 to go, senior Marianna Porcello added the final tally for the Owls and her first goal of the season. Pearson dribbled the ball into the rightside of the box and towards the endline, before passing it off to Porcello, who knocked back her second shot after the first was blocked, to seal the 7-2 victory for the Owls.
Inside the Box
- Before today's game, the 11 members - Farland, Silegy, Pearson, Kathan, Porcello, Tori Laires, Chloe Loos, Zoe Paige, Natalie Roca, Kali Santino and Gretchen Greene - of the class of 2018 were honored for their contributions to the women's soccer program. The combined record for the class is 47-29-6 overall and 18-8-1 in LEC play, advancing to the LEC championship game two straight years, and earning one LEC tournament title. The Owls reached the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2014 and had a perfect regular season record at the Owl Athletic Complex during the 2016 season.
- For the Owls, Farland led the way with her first hat-trick of the season, while Pearson scored one goal and tallied two assists. For the Anchorwomen, DeGrooth registered one goal and one assist.
- Between the pipes, Offord made four stops for Keene State, while Edwards recorded 19 saves for RIC.
- The Owls dominated on shots, owning an advantage of 39-11 over the Anchorwomen, as Keene State put 26 of the 39 shots on goal. The Owls also held a 6-2 edge in corner kicks over the Anchorwomen.
- This is the third time this season that Keene State has scored seven goals in a game, as the Owls defeated Framingham State, 7-0, on September 12th and Southern Maine, 7-0, on September 30th.
- Keene State will hit the road and travel to Castleton for a 6:00 p.m. matchup on Wednesday, October 25th.
- Rhode Island College will host Fitchburg State at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday.