MANSFIELD, Conn. - The Keene State men's soccer team could not produce any goals for just the second time this season, dropping to defeat 4-0 at the hands of the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday afternoon at Rick McCarthy Field.
- Keene State: 8-5-0, 2-2-0 LEC
- Eastern Connecticut: 11-2-0, 4-1-0 LEC
How It Happened
The Warriors wasted little time getting on the board in the contest. ECSU's and the LEC leading goal scorer Patrick Agyemang struck for the first time in the first minute of the contest. Agyemang received a pass from Nick Starkowski and took a shot from the left corner of the field with his opposite foot and found the back of the net giving the Warriors a quick 1-0 advantage.
Keene State would pick up the next few attempts at goal, but the Warriors goalkeeper Kyle Boutot held his ground and the Owls off the scoreboard. The Warriors would tally again in the 20th minute when Will Toomey made a pass to Griffin Luczek who took a shot from the right side of the box and sliced the ball into the top left corner of the box, beating the Owls keeper Anthony Pasciuto, giving the Warriors a 2-0 lead. KSC had a chance to get right back in the game when Emmanuel Smith was awarded a penalty kick just over a minute later, but Boutot kept it out. Eastern Connecticut put up seven total shots in the first half, with three on goal. Anthony Pasciuto, who played the first 45 minutes for the Owls, made one save. KSC would shoot just three times in the first half, and all were handled by Warriors keeper Kyle Boutot.
Early in the second half, Eastern Connecticut would grab their third goal of the game off a rebound chance. The Warriors' Justin Jensen took a shot that was initially saved by the Owls new goalkeeper Gavin Fitzpatrick, but the loose ball was hammered home by Agyemang for his 15th goal of the season and fourth multi-goal game.
The Owls had no answers for the attack of Eastern Connecticut, who added one final tally in the 61st minute, putting the game virtually out of reach for KSC. Eastern Connecticut's Andres Mayuri put home a rebound off of Gavin Fitzpatrick, making it 4-0. Justin Jensen would be credited with his second assist of the afternoon. Keene State generated seven shots in the second half, but just one on goal. The Owls have now lost three straight and fallen into a tie for fifth place in the conference standings with six points. ECSU picks up their fourth conference win of the season, moving their record to 11-2.
Inside the Box
- Keene State was led by Emmanuel Smith in shots, who took three shots on the afternoon and registered them all on goal. The Owls collected just ten shots all afternoon.
- ECSU's Patrick Agyemang continues to impress on the stat sheet, adding two more goals on the season picking up number's 14 and 15 on the afternoon. He has five more goals than the next closest person in the Little East (Jack Kingdon, Castleton).
- The Owls saw split action between the pipes this afternoon with Anthony Pasciuto and Gavin Fitzpatrick each playing a half.
- Keene State has dominated the all-time series with Eastern Connecticut before dropping this one. KSC was previously 21-4-7 all time against ECSU.
- The Owls look to get back on track as they host Plymouth State University in conference matchup on Wednesday, October 16 at 7:00 pm.
- The Warriors will be on the road on that same date with a meeting with their cross-state rival, the Western Connecticut State University Colonials for a 6:00 pm start time.