BRIDGEWATER, Mass.- The Keene State Owls women's soccer team fell behind by two goals in the contest before getting the next goal but were unable to make a comeback, falling to the Bridgewater State Bears 2-1 from Swenson Field Thursday afternoon.
- Keene State: 3-5
- Bridgewater State: 4-3
How it Happened:
Patricia Norton came away with the best opportunity in the first half for the Keene State Owls as they were able to draw a penalty inside the box resulting in their first penalty kick of the season. Norton, who has two goals on the season took the penalty kick but a great save by Bears goalkeeper Kellie Souza kept the game scoreless in the early goings. Norton picked up three shots with two on goal in the first half of the contest.
The Bears would see the game's first goal in the 25th minute when Alana Vincent made a pass through to Emma Sanders who was able to put the ball up past Shelby Offord giving the Bears the 1-0 lead. The Bears would take the 1-0 lead heading into the half time break. KSC would come up with eight total shots in the half, forcing Kellie Souza to come up with three saves in the half. Bridgewater State made nine attempts at goal, with Shelby Offord making three out of four saves in the half.
The Owls would substitute Offord in the second half for Abbie Terrinca, a trend the Owls have been setting for the past two games. Just one minute into the second half, Bridgewater State would tally their second goal of the afternoon. Again, it was Alana Vincent who tallied on the play when she was able to send a cross pass through the box which found the foot of Amelia Burke. Burke was able to deposit the ball past the diving Terrinca and in for a 2-0 Bears lead.
Following the goal from Bridgewater, the Owls would get on the attack and have some good opportunities at goal. Jordyn Abasciano would break the ice for the Owls late in the second half when she was able to pick up the Owls first goal of the game. Abasciano found a loose ball inside the box off of a blocked shot and put the ball into the right corner of the net, giving the Owls a chance with 14 minutes remaining in the half. Keene State's attack would continue to be relentless throughout the final minutes of play, but six saves in the frame by Kellie Souza would be a difference maker, as Bridgewater State would take the 2-1 victory over the Owls.
Inside the Box:
- KSC put up 15 shots in the second half forcing Kellie Souza to make six out of seven saves on their seven shots on goal. The Owls outshot the Bears 23-17 in the game.
- Shelby Offord and Abbie Terrinca both saw 45 minutes of action on the pitch this afternoon each making three saves.
- The Bears goal scorers Emma Sanders, and Amelia Burke each put up their first goals of the season.
- Jordyn Abasciano scored the lone tally for the Owls this afternoon, registering goal number three on the season.
- That is just the second time all time the Owls have been defeated by the Bridgewater State Bears. They now hold a combined record of 19-2-1 against the Bears all time.
- Keene State will return home after their lengthy five game road trip to take on the Seahawks of Salve Regina on Wednesday, October 2. Kick off will start at their newly named Dr. Ron Butcher Field at 5:00 pm.
- The Bears head back into MASCAC play where they will host the Owls of Westfield State on Saturday, September 28 at 12:00 pm.