Men's Soccer Drop OT Thriller to Williams 4-3

'KEENE, N.H. 9/30/03 - The Keene State College men's soccer team dropped a tough 4-3 double-overtime loss to 20th ranked Williams College in a non-conference game played in Williamstown, Mass. on Tuesday.


Williams took a 1-0 lead on a goal by first-year reserve forward John Hillman (La Jolla, CA) 28 minutes, 14 seconds into the game. 


Scoreless until the second half, the Owls fought to overcome the 1-0 deficit with goals by John Cortese (Wilbraham, Mass.) and Casey Banks (Westborough, Mass.) in the first 15 minutes of the half.  KSC lead 2-1 until Williams challenged the Owls at 78:26 into the game with another goal by Hillman to tie the game at 2-2.


The Ephs took the lead 53 seconds later when Schuyler Riggs (Louisville, KY) scored off a rebound from Brett Olsen (Norwell, Mass.). 


Williams lead 3-2 with victory looming, but Jimmy Hogan (Holderness, N.H.) would not be denied as he got the equalizer with four minutes left in the half sending the game into overtime.


The first overtime ended scoreless. 


The clinching goal came three minutes, 10 seconds into the second overtime with a diving header goal by Josh Bolton (Penfield, NY).


"The Williams goalie made the save of the game a minute before their goal," said KSC coach Ron Butcher.  "We had our hands raised.  We thought we won the game."


Williams finished the game with 28 shots on goal and four corner kicks.  KSC had 26 shots on goal and nine corner kicks.  Williams goalie Nick Armington (Wenham, Mass.) had eight saves in the victory. Brandon Beck finished with eight saves for Keene State.


KSC travels to the University of Southern Maine on Saturday (3 p.m.).