SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Keene State women's soccer team dropped their 2019 opener against the Western New England University Golden Bears 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Suprenant Field.
- Keene State: 0-1-0
- Western New England: 1-0-0
How it Happened:
All goalies in the contest played exceptionally well, as Golden Bears goalie Alex Lemekha picked up her first shutout of the season. On the Owls' side, Shelby Offord and Abbie Terrinca split time on duty in the cage, picking up three and two saves, respectively. Lemekha stopped eight shots for the Golden Bears. Offord was tested early in the contest in the 23rd minute when a foul occurred inside the box, creating a penalty shot for the Golden Bears. On the ensuing attempt, Offord dove to her left stopping the shot keeping the game scoreless.
Neither team found the back of the net in the first half, with each team collecting four shots on goal. The Owls outshot WNE 8-7 overall.
The second half started off well for the Owls, as they were able to get several shots on the Western New England goal, but they were not able to put one past Lemekha. In the 51st minute Keene State nearly broke through, as a net front scramble sent the Golden Bears into a frenzy in front of the cage, but aggressive goaltending by Lemekha would not allow the Owls to pick up the first goal of the game as it remained scoreless.
The Golden Bears would break the ice in the 58th minute when a ball was sent over the end line by the Owls, resulting in a corner kick for WNE. The ball was sent into the box and sailed over the head of the Owls netminder before deflecting off the foot of Bee Murphy and over the goal line, giving the Golden Bears a 1-0 lead.
The Owls came up with a few last second gasps. In the 86th minute, a chance came in the form of a free kick that was taken 10 yards outside the box that found the foot of Maggie Vogt, who took a shot that was stopped by Alex Lemekha. Western New England would put a late tally on the board to gain some insurance in the 88th minute when Kristen Decost weaved her way by the Owl defenders and made a move on the Keene State goalie Abbie Terrinca, sliding the ball into the open cage putting WNE up 2-0.
Inside the Box:
- Victoria Reynolds led the Owls in total shots with four. The game high on either side went to Decost, who had five total shots.
- Offord and Terrinca split time in the cage for the Owls today, combining for a total of five saves.
- The Owls had no shortage of shots, picking up a team total of 24. KSC outshot WNE by 10 overall, including 16-7 after the break
- Keene State has dropped the last two meetings after beating Western New England in the first 14 head-to-head meetings.
- Keene State will return to action on Saturday, September 7 as they host Lasell College for their home opener. Kickoff is set for 3:00 pm.
- Western New England will hit the road to crosstown rival Springfield College for a midweek matchup on Wednesday, September 4 at 7:00 pm.