Lombardo leads Owls Over ECSC 5-0

'WIILMANTIC, CONN.  10/18/03 - Junior forward Jason Lombardo (Woburn, Mass.) had record tying four goals and an assist, including two penalty kick scores, to lead the Keene State College men's soccer team to a 5-0 victory over Eastern Conn., in a Little East Conference contest played Saturday in Willimantic, Conn.


With the victory, KSC improves to 9-5-1 (2-1-1 LEC) while ECSC falls to 4-9-2 and 1-4 in conference play.


Lombardo, who takes over the team scoring lead with 10 goals, opened the scoring at the 24:17 mark when he beat three defenders to the ball and raced in to beat Warrior goalie Dan Murphy. Taken down twice in the box, Lombardo scored on penalty kick to make it 2-0 at halftime and increased the lead to 3-0 with his second PK of the game at the 60:38 mark of the second half.


Lombardo sent Eric Scott in for a goal to make it 4-0 seven minutes later.  Lombardo completed his career day with his fourth goal of the game at the 82:23 that tied an Owl record held by Rit Swain (1971) and Jesus Menendez (1987)


KSC's Brandon Beck (Johnstown, N.Y.) made three saves in his 84 minutes in goal and Matt Caron (Amston, Conn.) turned aside two shots over the final six minutes to share the shutout.  Dan Murphy (1 saves, three goals) and Erik Greb (three saves, two goals) saw action in net for the Warriors.


The Owls return home on Tuesday night (6:30 p.m.) to host Western New England College.