Polar Bears Tally in Final Minutes, Defeat Owls 1-0

Polar Bears Tally in Final Minutes, Defeat Owls 1-0

KEENE, N.H.- The Keene State College men's soccer team surrendered a goal in the 81st minute of the contest from Dr. Ron Butcher Field on a rare Sunday afternoon contest, leading to a 1-0 win for the Bowdoin College Polar Bears.

Records:

  • Keene State: 7-2-0
  • Bowdoin: 5-1-3

How It Happened:

Keene State came out of the gates trying to get the early goal on Bowdoin College. Both sides of the ball did not have much trouble putting up shots in the first half. Each team hit the goal post one time in the first half, just missing an opportunity to get on the board in the first half. The NESCAC's leader in saves on the season Michael Webber, the goalkeeper for the Polar Bears, came up with five saves in the first half, including two saves on both LJ Luster and Emmanuel Smith. The Owls Anthony Pasciuto came away with three saves in the first half, seeing shots from three different Polar Bears.

Bowdoin, coming off a win in NESCAC play yesterday, brought the same energy in the second half as they did in the first half, showing no signs of fatigue from the game prior. The Owls came out in the second half and dominated much of play. The best scoring chance of the afternoon for the Owls came in the 77th minute when Emmanuel Smith found himself all alone with the goalie Michael Webber on a breakaway. Smith received an excellent pass from a teammate and was able to weave by two Polar Bear defenders and in on a breakaway. Webber came out to challenge Smith, who then took a shot towards the open goal and missed just wide of the post, leaving the game scoreless.

The Bowdoin Polar Bears took that opportunity for momentum and carried it into the 81st minute when the Polar Bears were awarded with a corner kick. Alex Chaban would take the kick and send the ball into the box. The ball would bounce around and deflect off both Owls and Polar Bears inside the box before finding the head of Hayden Weatherall who sent the ball into the open net in front of him, giving the Polar Bears a 1-0 lead. 

KSC would come up with a few last gasp opportunities in the final minutes to try and tie the game again but came up just short in doing so. The Owls totaled six shots in the second half, putting four on goal. Bowdoin came up with just a single shot in the second half, and it found the back of the net resulting in a 1-0 victory for the Polar Bears.

Inside the Box:

  • Keene State was able to double Bowdoin in shots on the afternoon, collecting 13 total shots, compared to the Polar Bears who put up just six total shots in the game.
  • The Polar Bears sweep the weekend, taking their first game on Saturday from NESCAC opponent Trinity (Conn.) 5-1, and defeating KSC 1-0 today.
  • Freshman GK Michael Webber continues to lead the NESCAC in saves this season, collecting a total of nine saves on the afternoon. The Owls GK Anthony Pasciuto picked up three saves.
  • The Owls have now dropped their only two games on the season to NESCAC opponents, falling to No. 1 Tufts University 3-1 earlier in the season.
  • This was the first ever meeting between these two teams.

Up Next:

  • Keene State will be back at Dr. Ron Butcher Field on Wednesday as they host Castleton University for their second Little East Conference matchup of the season. Kick-off is set for 7:00 pm.
  • Bowdoin College will have six days off before they get back to action against a NESCAC opponent, the Hamilton College Continentals. Kick-off is set for 12:00 pm on Saturday, October 5.