NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Keene State College and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth play to a 2-2 draw in Little East Conference action, despite a career night for both Shelby Offord and Sarah Carron on Wednesday night.
- Keene State: 2-4-1, 0-1-1 LEC
- UMass Dartmouth: 3-5-2, 1-1-1 LEC
How It Happened
UMass Dartmouth an early chance in the 11th minute, as Ella Rath nearly had a tap-in goal, but the Keene State back line was able to snuff out the Corsairs attack
UMD was able to get on the board in the 18th minute, as Nerida Montrond threaded the pass to Ella Rath, who was able to find the back of the net to give the hosts a 1-0 early lead.
Rachel Braun was able to get the first Keene State shot off in the 32nd minute, but it was right at the UMass Dartmouth's goalies chest.
The Corsairs controlled play in the first half, as UMass Dartmouth outshot the Owls 14-1 and a 6-1 advantage with shots on goal.
Six minutes into the seconds half, UMD nearly expanded the lead to 2-0, but a diving stop by Keene State goalie, Shelby Offord and a blocked kick by an Owl defender kept the deficit to one.
Keene State would tie the game with just 20 minutes remaining in regulation. Sarah Carron was able to score the equalizer, with the assist going to Jordyn Abasciano. Five minutes later on the counter-attack, the Owls were able to take the lead, as Carron scored her second of the game. The sophomore midfield was able to chip the ball over the Corsair keeper. Abascciano picked up her second assist of the game with a goal.
UMass Dartmouth struck back, as Montrond connected with Rath once again to knot the game up at 2-2 with just 13 minutes remaining on the clock. With just under four minutes to go Offord saved the game for the Owls, as the Keene State goalie blocked a UMD shot with a charging stop. Moments later a potential game-winning goal was waved off due to an offsides call.
During the first overtime, Keene State came close to ending it, but the UMass Dartmouth goalie, Jamie O'Brien was able to outrace the KSC forwards to the ball. Halfway through the second overtime period, UMass Dartmouth nearly ended the game. Nicole DeAlmeida was able to save the game, as the defending Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year cleared the ball from the goal line.
Outside the Box
- In the net for Keene State, Offord made a career-high 11 saves, her previous high watermark was set last year when she made 10 stops against the Amherst Mammoths.
- Jamie O'Brien got the start for the Corsairs and registered two saves.
- UMass Dartmouth held the advantage in the shot department, outshooting the Owls 29-7.
- UMD was very aggressive on the attack as the Corsairs were caught offsides 10 times.
- Following the tie, Keene State remains in control in the all-time series, 27-3-2.
- Keene State heads back home, as they take on Rhode Island College on Saturday, September 29th. Kickoff for the Little East Conference matchup is slated to begin at 3 p.m.
- UMass Dartmouth will also continue Little East Conference action as they travel up to Boston, to take on the Beacons of UMass Boston. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. for Saturday afternoon.