Men's Soccer Ties Up WCSU 1-1

'KEENE, N.H. 9/27/03 - Keene State College and Western Conn. State University battled to a 1-1 double-overtime tie in a Homecoming game at Owl Athletic Complex on Saturday.  The game was a rematch of last year's LEC Championship won by KSC 1-0.


Eric Scott (West Springfield, Mass.) scored a first half goal for Keene State and David Forero (West Haven, Conn.) netted the tying goal for WCSU in the second half.


With just a few strong scoring opportunities in the first half by both teams, KSC finally got on board on a goal by Scott.  Following a free kick, Casey Banks (Westborough, Mass.) set Scott up in front with a centering pass.


After KSC Goalie Brandon Beck (Johnstown, N.Y.) denied Daniel Ribeiro (Ridgefield, Conn.) with a diving stop, the Colonials got the equalizer on a goal by Forero, who finished off a through ball from Bradley Fidler (Morgantown, Pa.).


Both teams had a chance to win the game in regulation.  Forero had a drive stopped by Beck at the five-minute mark and Colonials' goalie Mark Pataky (Trumbull, Conn.) saved Jim Hogan's (Plymouth, Mass.) header attempt with 2:28 to play.


WCSU had an opportunity to winthe game in the closing seconds of the first half, but Beck picked Forero's header out of the air with 25 seconds to play.


Fidler had the best scoring attempt in the second overtime, but his drive sailed over the cross bar with 1:44 left.


Beck had six saves for KSC (6-3-1, 1-0-1 LEC) while Pataky finished with four saves for the Colonials (7-2-1, 1-0-1 LEC).


KSC is at Williams on Tuesday (4:15 p.m.).