DANBURY, Conn. - Kayla Klein scored with just 27 seconds left in regulation to tie the game, and again in double overtime, as the Keene State College field hockey team salvaged a 2-1 rain-soaked victory over Western Connecticut State University on Tuesday evening at the Westside Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 8-1, 4-0 LEC
- Western Connecticut: 5-4, 3-2 LEC
How It Happened
Keene State carried the play early on, but Erica Stauffer was denied by WestConn goalie Neve Manion in the third minute, and Ally McCall was also stopped at the 7:53 mark. The Colonials got their first shot nearly 16 minutes in, but Owls goalkeeper Rachel Loseby kept it out. KSC went back on the attack, but a pair of shots from Stauffer sandwiched around one from Nicole Mercadante were swept aside by Manion. Still in a scoreless game, the Colonials generated four shots and a penalty corner over the final ten minutes of the half, but Loseby made three saves in that span.
A shot off a corner from McCall early in the second half was again denied by Manion, and the Colonials eventually took a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute when Morgan Matthews set up Stephanie Clapp after a penalty corner. WestConn had a chance to extend the lead shortly thereafter, but one shot was wide, and another was blocked. From there, the Owls generated several opportunities but remained unable to cash in. Shots from Nina Bruno and Julia Babbitt went wide in the 64th and 65th minutes, and Bruno was stopped by Manion at the 66:44 mark. Still looking for the equalizer and running out of time, Klein came to the rescue with just 27 seconds remaining, scoring after a corner off a feed from Courtney Jessup to tie the game at one.
KSC generated three of the five scoring chances in the first overtime, but neither team could find the back of the cage. In the second OT session, Klein gave the Owls the victory after she scored at the 85:10 mark. Set up by Stauffer, the goal marked Klein's fourth game-winning tally of the season.
Loseby made six stops for KSC in the cage while improving to 8-1. Western Connecticut got ten stops from Manion (5-4).
- Klein has 13 goals and 26 points thus far this season, including four multi-goal games.
- The Owls had a 19-11 advantage in shots (12-7 on goal) and 9-3 in penalty corners.
- The victory extended Keene State's lead in the all-time series to 15-0. It was the closest decision in the series since 2015, when KSC edged the Colonials 1-0.
- Keene State has allowed two or fewer goals in all four conference games, including one three times. Two of the wins have come by a 2-1 score, though this was the first that needed extra time.
- Keene State returns home to face Westfield State University on Saturday, September 29 at 2:30 pm. It is a rematch of last year's LEC Tournament Championship game, won by KSC 9-0.
- Western Connecticut visits conference foe Framingham State University on the same day at 2:00 pm.