Late Goal Lifts Lancers over Owls 2-1

WORCESTER, Mass.- The Keene State College women's soccer team surrendered a goal in the 85th minute, proving to be the game winner for the Worcester State Lancers in non-conference action from Coughlin Field Tuesday night. 

Records:

  • Keene State: 3-4
  • Worcester State: 3-4-1

How it Happened:

The Owls and the Lancers battelled in the first half having multiple chances at goal. Both keepers for their respective squads, Abbie Terrinca for the Owls and Tori Socci for the Lancers played a very solid 45 minutes in the first half. Terrinca saw two shots comes her way, both which she was able to turn away. Socci also saw two shots on goal in the first half that she was able to turn aside. The Lancers would triple up the Owls in total shots in the first half, having nine to the Owls three. 

The Owls would use their tandem two goaltenders in the contest with Terrinca seeing the first half, and Shelby Offord taking over for the final 45 minutes. Worcester State would be the first to tally in the second half when Ali Maldonado won a foot race to the ball and saw open cage in front of her and tucked the ball into the lower right corner of the net, giving the Lancers a 1-0 lead. The Lancers goal would be assisted by Apphia Donoghue. Shelby Offord would be tested frequently as the Lancers came with an attack in the second half following their first goal of the game, putting up shot after shot on Offord, but she was able to make the saves. 

The score remained until the Owls got a goal from Patricia Norton who made a perfect strike on the ball to find the back of the net. Norton took a pass from Amanda Marshall and moved in with some foot work on the Lancers defenders and took a shot just outside of the goalie box and sent the ball sailing into the top left corner of the net to tie the game in the 80th minute. The Owls would tie the game at one. Keene State put up three shots in the second half, but just one shot on target. 

The Lancers would pick up a late goal from Ali Maldonado who received a through ball from Madison Rotti and placed a shot perfectly off the cross bar and down over the line for the Lancers. Worcester State would take the 2-1 lead late in the contest. Keene State would fight for one final attempt to tie the game but the Lancers back line of defensive would preserve the win for Worcester State, taking it 2-1.

Inside the Box:

  • Keene State's Shelby Offord came onto the field in the second half and saw ten shots on goal and was able to save eight of those attempts, marking the most saves she has had in a single contest this season. 
  • The Lancers Ali Maldonado scored the two goals on the evening for Worcester State. This is back to back games that Maldanado has scored two or more goals in a contest.
  • WSU's Tsara LeBlanc led all players with seven total shots in the contest, putting up six of those shots on goal. 
  • Worcester State outshot Keene 25-6 marking the first time KSC has been out shot in a contest this season.
  • Keene State's Patricia Norton notched the lone tally for the Owls picking up her second goal of the season. 

Up Next:

  • The Owls will continue non-conference play against another MASCAC opponent, the Bridgewater State Bears on Thursday, September 26 for a kick off at 4:00 pm.
  • The Lancers resume action on Saturday, September 28 against Salem State for a MASCAC matchup at 3 pm.