KEENE, N.H. - After being tied up at one at the half, the third-seeded Keene State women's soccer team found the back of the net three times in a span of 6:16 to open the second half and surge past the sixth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs in Little East Conference (LEC) quarterfinal action on Tuesday evening at the Owl Athletic Complex. With the win, the Owls advance to the LEC semifinals on Thursday.
- No. 3 Keene State: 11-7-1
- No. 6 UMass Dartmouth: 4-16-1
How It Happened
After back-and-forth play to begin the game, the Corsairs tested the Owls early as Becca Field dribbled into the middle of the box and sent a strong shot towards the Keene State goalkeeper Shelby Offord, who made a diving save to keep UMass Dartmouth from getting on the board. Keene State then struck first when senior Kali Santino fired off a shot from outside the box, off a pass from senior Taylor Farland, and arched the ball into the top left corner at the 15:34 mark for the Owls' one-point edge. The Corsairs answered back quickly just 4:19 later, as Taryn Carley raced down the middle of the field and fed a pass to the feet of Alexis Pacheco, who drove a long ball towards the net that tucked under the crossbar and over an outstretched Offord for the equalizer and a score of 1-1 that held until the break.
It took just 6:21 into the second half for the Owls to regain the lead, as Keene State earned a free kick just outside the box on the leftside. Senior Katie Silegy sent a ball into the box and in front of the net, that was found by Farland, who redirected the kick towards the net and to the feet of senior Tori Laires, who snuck the ball past the Corsairs' goalkeeper Madison Boucher to take a 2-1 lead. In the 56th minute, freshman Sarah Carron gave the Owls a two-goal cushion, as Rachel Braun brought the ball to the endline and redirected a short pass into the front of the net, where Carron drilled a shot. Keene State added one more just 6:16 after the first strike of the half, as Silegy beat multiple defenders and slotted a ball into the low left corner to push the score to 4-1 in favor of the Owls. UMass Dartmouth added the final tally of the evening with 2:56 remaining on the clock, as Pacheco sent another long ball into the high right corner to cut the Corsairs' deficit to two before time expired for a Keene State victory.
Inside the Box
- Keene State owned a 21-10 advantage over UMass Dartmouth, including a 12-3 edge in the second half, as the Corsairs earned two corner kicks to the Owls' one.
- Between the pipes, Offord registered four saves for the Owls, while Boucher recorded nine stops.
- Before tonight's matchup, the Owls and the Corsairs had most recently met in the LEC postseason in 2015, where Keene State defeated UMass Dartmouth, 1-0.
- No. 3 Keene State will travel to the defending LEC champion No. 2 Western Connecticut State for the LEC semifinal game at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 2nd.
- No. 6 UMass Dartmouth sees its season come to a close.