KEENE, N.H.- The Keene State Owls men's soccer team broke a three-game losing streak at Dr. Ron Butcher Field on a wet Wednesday night over the Plymouth State University Panthers, 3-0.
- Keene State: 9-5-0 (3-2-0 LEC)
- Plymouth State: 1-7-2 (0-3-2 LEC)
How it Happened:
The Keene State Owls and the Plymouth Panthers played to a 0-0 draw after 45 minutes of play. Both teams were not able to muster out a lot of offensive attack, as the majority of play was seen through the middle of the field. The Owls were able to come up with six shots in the first half, putting one shot on goal which was handled by PSU goalkeeper Linus Lindeberg. Starting keeper for the Owls Gavin Fitzpatrick saw two shots come his way in the first half, having handled the only shot on goal in the first half by Plymouth State.
As the rain became a factor, so did the Owls offense. KSC would find goal for the first time in the game in the 52nd minute when Yusufu Juma picked up his first career goal as an Owl. Off a corner kick, Emmanuel Smith sent a soaring ball into the air that bounced its way through a couple of defenders for the Panthers and found an open Juma in the center of the box with an open goal, giving the Owls a 1-0 lead.
KSC would continue their attack on Plymouth as their second goal of the game came in the 68th minute when Emmanuel Smith found goal for his team leading 10th time of the season. Benny Tamzarian set up Smith with a perfect through ball and Smith used his lefty strike to put the ball into the lower left part of the net, doubling the Owls lead of now standing at 2-0. Plymouth State would come with some offensive following the second goal by Keene State, but Gavin Fitzpatrick was able to keep the Panthers off the scoreboard.
Keene State would put the game out of reach for Plymouth State in the 82nd minute when Benny Tamzarian was able to corral a loose ball on the goal line and tuck it away for a 3-0 lead for KSC. Tamzarian came away with three points on the night, with a goal and an assist. Plymouth State's Linus Lindeberg came away with two saves on five shots on goal for the Owls.
Inside the Box:
- KSC's Emmanuel Smith and Benny Tamzarian each had one goal and one assist in the contest. For Smith, he now ranks tied for second in the LEC with 10 goals on the year.
- Keene State came away with six total shots in the first half and the same number in the second half. Plymouth State would outshoot the Owls in the second half, collecting seven total shots.
- Gavin Fitzpatrick came away with all three saves for the Owls in the contest, posting his first shutout of the season. It is just the second time Fitzpatrick has played a full 90-minute game this season.
- KSC will be back on the road for an LEC matchup with UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, October 19 at 1:00 pm.
- Plymouth State ends a three-game road trip following tonight's matchup, as they play their next game at home against Western Connecticut for a morning contest starting at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 19.