SALEM, Mass.- The Keene State College men's soccer team collected another victory at the Salem State Soccer Classic on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Pine Manor College Gators 2-1 at Alumni Field.
- Keene State: 2-0-0
- Pine Manor: 0-1-1
How it Happened:
Keene State got the scoring going in the third minute of the game when Emmanuel Smith took a free kick after a foul was committed by Pine Manor and he sent it curling into the top left corner of the back of the net, putting the Owls ahead early 1-0.
Pine Manor would quickly answer with chances of their own, but Owls starting goaltender Anthony Pasciuto played aggressively in the box and was able to come up with a number of saves throughout the midway point of the first half. The Gators were able to get one past Pasciuto after a foul was called on the Owls back in the Pine Manor defensive end, nearly at midfield. The Gators' Raudel Gomez sent a soaring free kick all the way to KSC's box, where Henry Garcia found himself in a footrace with the Keene defenders, winning the race, and chipping the ball over the head of Pasciuto, tying the game at one, which it remained heading into halftime.
There was a lot of back and forth action for both teams to start the second half, with the best opportunity coming from James McCully when he took a bouncing ball following a free kick and ripped it to the top left corner of the goal, only to see Pine Manor's goalkeeper Angel Pena make a diving-right handed save. McCully would get another chance, and this time he cashed it in for the first collegiate goal of his career. In the 61st minute, he was able to spin the ball into the lower left corner of the goal from 25 yards out giving the Owls a 2-1 edge.
The Owls dominated much of the possession in the second half, registering 11 shots in the half, compared to the Gators' four. KSC kept the pressure on for the majority of the stanza, as Josue Assantha hit the post in the 78th minute, that coming just ten minutes after he had two other opportunities denied, one on a defensive save by Lorenzo Rivas. In the end, McCully's go-ahead goal stood up as the winner after Keene State held Pine Manor to just one shot attempt over the final 32 minutes of the game.
Inside the Box:
- Keene State was only able to muster five total shots in the first half, but ended the game with 16 total shots (eight on goal).
- Noah Spaulding registered his first career point after getting the helper on McCully's goal.
- Pine Manor was led by their lone goal scorer Henry Garcia, who put up six shots with three on target.
- The Owls were caught offsides seven times in the contest.
- The Owls start off the 2019 season 2-0, a mark they last started with in the 2016 season.
- It was the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
- Keene State has a week off before playing their next game on the road at Wheaton College (Mass.) for a weekend showdown on Saturday, September 7. Kickoff is set for 2:00 pm.
- Pine Manor will lace up the shoes against Anna Maria College on September 4 when they travel to take on the Amcats at 6:00 pm.