Two First Half Goals Lead Men's Soccer To Comeback Victory Over Colonials

KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State men's soccer team scored a pair of goals in the first half en route to a 2-1 comeback win over Western Connecticut State on Saturday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex in Little East Conference (LEC) action.


  • Keene State: 4-1-2, 2-0 LEC
  • Western Connecticut State: 3-4, 1-1 LEC

How It Happened 

In a fast-paced game on a very warm afternoon, Western Connecticut State gained control of the game early with a goal in the fourth minute. Nick Kyriakidis dribbled the ball into the Colonials' offensive third and sent a pass to Chauncey Allers, who went one-on-one with the Owls' goalkeeper Jason Smith and tucked a shot into the bottom right corner. Keene State quickly responded with an equalizier in the 10th minute, as senior Riley Steele fed a pass to a sprinting Promise Kpee, as the forward sent a shot over the head of the oncoming Colonials' goaltender Luca DiCarlo, who got a hand on it, yet the effort by Kpee was enough, as the ball rolled past the endline for the senior's second goal of the year. The Owls tallied one more before time expired in the first half, when Steele sent a pass from the middle of the field to the foot of Kpee, who fired off a shot from the right into the leftside netting in the 31st minute.  

Neither team could find the back of the net in the second half, despite multiple opportunities from each side. Western Connecticut State had an early look to even the score in the 47th minute, as Robert Della Penna knocked down a hard shot that was picked up by Smith. In the 72nd minute, freshman Brandon Castor raced out to a long pass for a breakaway, but his chance was scooped up by the Colonials' new goalkeeper Daniel Szabo. With less than a minute remaining, Western Connecticut State earned a corner kick and aimed to spoil Keene State's victory, but Shane Pugliese's header went over the bar to keep the score at 2-1, Keene State. 

Inside the Box 

  • Keene State edged Western Connecticut State in shots, 18-17, including a 10-7 advantage in the first half, while the Colonials earned five corner kicks to the Owls' four. 
  • In the net, Smith registered four saves, all in the second half, for the Owls, while DiCarlo made three stops for the Colonials, followed by Szabo, who came on for the final 22:52 for one save.
  • Kpee needs one more career goal to break into the top ten all-time for goals scored. 

Up Next 

  • Keene State will have a quick turnaround, as the Owls play a non-conference game at RPI tomorrow, Sunday, September 24th in a 2:00 p.m. match. 
  • Western Connecticut State will host Purchase at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27th.