DANBURY, Conn. - Senior midfielder Katie Silegy scored a goal in the second half to cut Keene State's deficit to one, but the Owls were unable to strike again, as second-seeded Western Connecticut State defeated the third-seeded Keene State women's soccer program, 2-1, in Little East Conference (LEC) semifinal action on Thursday evening at the Westside Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 11-8-1
- Western Connecticut State: 16-1-2
How It Happened
Senior Taylor Farland aimed to get Keene State on the board first with a strike at the 21:45 mark, but her shot was saved by the Colonials' goaltender Jillian Fernandez. In the 36th minute, Western Connecticut State earned a corner kick that led to a long kick by Andrea DeVoe that was found by the head of Brooke Hellman to give the Colonials the 1-0 edge, before adding another tally at the 42:23 mark. Jenna Gentile picked up a pass from Autumn Sorice on the left side of the box and found the back of the net to put WCSU ahead, 2-0, going into the locker rooms. Keene State looked to score in between the Colonials' goals at the 40:46 mark, but senior Julia Pearson's header shot was turned away by Fernandez.
With 18:25 remaining in the second half, Silegy brought the Owls within one as the senior midfielder tallied her 12th marker of the season, after being set up in the middle of the box with a cross by Pearson. Silegy's blast was initially stopped by Fernandez, but wiggled out of her grasp and crept over the goal line. Keene State would see two more chances in the remaining minutes, but Silegy's opportunity was saved by Fernandez and Pearson's chance went high.
Inside the Box
- WestConn held a 13-11 shot advantage in the contest over the Keene State, while the Owls outshot the Colonials 6-4 in the second half and put eight of their 11 shots on target.
- Between the pipes, Owls' goalkeeper Shelby Offord made three saves, while Fernandez registered seven stops.
- Farland will finish her career tied for fifth all-time in goals scored with 41 and tied for eighth all-time in points with 97.
- WestConn and Keene State have made 17 appearances in the tournament in the 18 years it has existed since 1999. The Colonials have captured the crown a record nine times while the Owls have four titles. WestConn is a two-time defending league champion. Keene State won the previous two titles in 2013 and 2014.
- Keene State sees their season come to a close.
- Western Connecticut State will take on Eastern Connecticut State in the LEC finals on Saturday, November 4th.
(Portions of this release courtesy of Western Connecticut State)