Four Goal First Half Leads Owls Past Rhode Island College, 5-1

PROVIDENCE, R.I - The Keene State Owls women's soccer team scored four times in the first half, pacing their way to their first conference victory of the season, 5-1 over Rhode Island College.

Records:

  • Keene State: 3-3-0, 1-1-0 LEC
  • Rhode Island College: 2-5-0, 0-1-0 LEC

How it Happened:

Keene State would pick up a quick early lead in the 7th minute when Amanda Marshall took a pass from Patricia Norton and sent the ball into the lower left corner of the net, resulting in a 1-0 lead for Keene State. Norton was able to get loose after a throw in for Keene and sent the ball to the middle of the box where Marshall was waiting, and she collected her second goal of the season. Both the Owls and Anchorwomen would have their chances at the net in the first half. Starting goalkeeper for the Owls Shelby Offord made four saves in the first half, including a snag that looked like may have been going in off the foot of Audra Gracia for the Anchorwomen. Gracia sent a shot in from outside the box but Offord, playing off her line, was able to scoot back and make the save.

The Owls would follow by scoring two goals in two minutes and 21 seconds in the first half starting with Jordyn Abasciano picking up her second goal of the season. Abasciano found herself streaking down the middle of the field into the box as Patricia Norton made a heads up pass to Abasciano and she placed the ball passed a giving keeper Erica Edwards for the Anhcorwomen giving the Owls a two- goal lead. Just minutes later, Rachel Braun came streaking down the right side of the field and was able to take a shot that got passed Edwards, giving Keene a 3-0 lead late in the first half.

Keene State added one more in the first half as Kayleigh Marshall picked up her second goal of the season after she was able to find a loose ball in front of the wide-open net, to give the Owls a 4-0 lead heading into the locker room. The Owls outshot the Anchorwomen 15-8 in the first half.

Rhode Island College would get on the board in the 54th minute of the contest when Abigail Prouix took a pass across the box from Madyson Christian and put it past the diving goalie Abbie Terrinca, who subbed in for Offord to begin the second half, giving the Anchorwomen their first goal of the afternoon. Keene State would continue more of the same offensive attack in the second half as they did in the first half, out shooting RIC 10-4.

In the 73rd minute, the Owls would find goal for their fifth and final time in the contest when Patricia Norton picked up her third assist of the afternoon on a feed to Caitlin Klose who picks up her first goal of the season, giving the Owls a four goal advantage for the second time in the contest. Keene State's offense was too much on the afternoon for the Anchorwomen to overcome, as Keene State took the victory 5-1.

Inside the Box:

  • Keene State continues to out shoot their opponents, including in today's contest outshooting RIC 25-12.
  • Goalies Shelby Offord, and Abbie Terrinca turned away a total of seven shots on goal by the Anchorwomen combined. 
  • Rhode Island's goalkeeper Erica Edwards made 13 saves on the afternoon, a season high. 
  • Keene State's Patricia Norton picked up three helpers in the game to guide the Owls to victory. It is the first time all season a player on the Owls has had more than one assist in a game. 

Up Next:

  • Keene State will continue their road trip and be in action in the non-conference form, taking on Worcester State on Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 pm.
  • Rhode Island College stays at home and takes on Curry College in non-conference play on Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00 pm.