GORHAM, Maine - Abbie Staples' goal with 31 seconds left in the opening quarter proved to be enough as the University of Southern Maine blanked the Keene State College field hockey team 1-0 in a Little East Conference contest played Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
- Keene State: 10-6, 8-2 LEC
- Southern Maine: 9-8, 7-2 LEC
How It Happened
The opening 15 minutes saw very few chances on either side, with Klein's bid that went high 1:45 in the only shot for eight team until Staples' tally at the 14:29 mark. She took a corner that the Huskies were given and fed it to Dorina Sirois, who then gave it back to Staples, who got a shot past KSC keeper Rachel Loseby.
Loseby made a stop in the 20th minute to keep it a 1-0 game, and the Owls controlled the remainder of the second quarter, but could not score. Nina Bruno's chance at the 20:15 mark was saved by Lindsay Pych, who recorded a six-save shutout for USM, and KSC's leading scorer tried again not even a minute later, but was blocked. Pych stopped Klein at the 21:43 mark, and Hailey Beaupre's chance following an ensuing corner did not get through. After generating just one shot over the opening 20 minutes, Keene State had nothing to show for generating four in less than two minutes.
Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Owls continued to control the action in the second half, holding Southern Maine without a shot attempt, but Pych continued to be there for the hosts, keeping out Roberts' shot in the 39th minute. Just over a minute into the fourth quarter, KSC nearly broke through with the equalizer, as Bruno had Pych beat, but the Husky goal scorer, Staples, came up big on the other end, clearing Bruno's bid off the line to keep her team up one with 13:53 to go.
Bruno had yet one more opportunity seconds later after Maggie Cahoon took a penalty corner, but Pych made the save and then stopped Klein at the 54:47 mark. Keene State was then held without a shot over the final 5:13 as their four-game winning streak was snapped.
Loseby (8-6) made one save for the Owls in the loss, while Pych improved to 9-6.
- KSC had an 8-4 edge in penalty corners, including 6-2 in the second half.
- With the loss, Keene State falls into third place in the conference, trailing Worcester State University (9-0) and Western Connecticut State University (8-1).
- Southern Maine's last win over the Owls was a 3-1 triumph in the Little East tournament championship game on November 8, 2003 at Owl Athletic Complex. KSC has won 30 of 40 all-time meetings.
- Keene State hosts an important LEC contest against aforementioned Worcester State on Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m.
- Southern Maine visits Fitchburg State University on the same day at 7:00 pm.