NORTON, Mass.- The Keene State College men's soccer team scored two goals in the first half, leading the way for a 3-1 victory at Diane C. Nordin Field over Wheaton College on Saturday afternoon.
- Keene State: 3-0-0
- Wheaton (Mass.): 2-2-0
How it Happened
The Owls got the ball rolling early in the first half, as Connor Downey took a pass from Emmanuel Smith and potted it in the back of the net, giving the Owls a 1-0 lead. KSC collected the first three shots in the game, registering the one goal from Downey in the process. Keene State would double the lead when Emmanuel Smith was able to find the back of the net in the 25th minute, giving the Owls the 2-0 lead on a breakaway that left Smith streaking up the left side of the field all alone. KSC outshot Wheaton 8-3 in the opening 45 minutes.
The Lyons would bounce back after halftime and score what proved to be their only goal of the game when junior Brady Smith picked up the first goal of his career, cutting the Owls lead in half in the 55th minute. Smith was able to find the back of the net off of a free kick, giving the Lyons some life early in the second half. Both the Owls and the Lyons would keep pace with each other in the ladder stages on the second half, matching shot for shot.
The Owls would get some insurance via a late goal by freshman James McCully, as he was able to take the corner kick feed from Emmanuel Smith and knock in his second career goal as an Owl to give Keene State the 3-1 lead. Following the goal from McCully, the Lyons were able to get two shots away, both wide of the goal guarded by Anthony Pasciuto, finalizing the game and giving the Owls a 3-1 victory.
Inside the Box
- Connor Downey found the back of the net for the second time this season for the Owls when he scored just 10:32 into the game.
- The Lyons played a man down for most of the second half after a foul was committed inside the Keene State goalie box, resulting in a red card on Shawn McCall.
- The Owls outshot the Lyons 19-15 and were able to accumulate ten shots on the goal, compared to the Lyons registering six.
- Keene's Emmanuel Smith led the way for the Owls with seven total shots, five of them on net. Smith recorded four points on the afternoon as well (1 G, 2 A).
- Owls goalie Anthony Pasciuto collected five saves on the afternoon, the Lyons goalie picked up seven total saves.
- Keene State has won three of their last four against Wheaton, including each of their last two visits to Norton.
- The Owls will play their home opener on Wednesday, September 11 when they host the defending national champion Jumbos of Tufts University at 7:00 pm.
- The Lyons will also be back to action on September 11 when they travel to New England College and take on the Pilgrims. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm.