KEENE, N.H.--During the summer of 2018, the Keene State College Department of Athletics and Recreation will be looking back at some of the memorable and historic moments from the year that was 2017-18.
No. 9 looks back to the fall, when the men's soccer team upset No. 25 and three-time defending champion UMass Boston to open Little East Conference play.
The Owls had not beaten the Beacons since 2013, going 0-2-2 while the Beacons had won three straight regular season and tournament championships, and had reached the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament the previous fall. But none of that mattered in the Owls conference opener, when sophomore Donovan Harris thumped in his first goal of the season with just 65 seconds left in the second overtime.
Harris scored his first goal of the season following a long pass across the box from senior Riley Steele, giving him a 1-on-1 with the goalie before beating him for his first career game winning goal.
The Owls were outshot 20-8, but limited the Beacons to just five shots on goal, all of which were saved by senior goalie Jason Smith. KSC managed just four shots through regulation and the first overtime, but outshot UMass Boston 4-1 in the final stanza, including Harris' game winner with 65 seconds left.
Smith made his first save of the night when he kept Marcelo Cunha off the board in the 24th minute, and the Beacons' Jonathan Cardoso hit the crossbar just before halftime. Smith saved again, this time from Raffi DeSouza, while the Owls' Conor Leahy planted a header wide in the 63rd minute. The Owls took control in the second overtime, with Promise Kpee, Brandon Castor, and Harris all having shots blocked before Steele set up Harris for the winner.