Owls Storm Back to Defeat Lasers, 5-3

Owls Storm Back to Defeat Lasers, 5-3

KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State College women's soccer team fought hard and completed a stirring comeback, erasing two different deficits, against Lasell University in a 5-3 home-opening victory Saturday afternoon at Owl Athletic Complex.


  • Keene State:  1-1-0
  • Lasell:  0-3-0

How it Happened

The Owls got some early production from forward Patrcia Norton, as she was able to pick up the first goal of the 2019 campaign for the Owls, who took an early 1-0 lead not even seven minutes in.  The Lasers would fight back quickly in the contest, picking up goals from both Bobbi O'Guin and Serena Speight six minutes apart, giving the Lasers the 2-1 lead at the 23:15 mark.  Lasell would continue the attack for most of the first half, picking up quality chances at the net, but Keene's starting goalie Shelby Offord stood tall and kept it a 2-1 game heading into the locker rooms. 

The Owls would be on the attack for much of the second half, putting up four of their five goals in the stanza.  KSC's Jordyn Abasciano would tie the game at two in the opening minutes of the second half, and the hungry Owls pressured Lasers' starting goaltender Angela Sanzari with shot after shot, but could not go ahead - yet.  The Lasers would finally get back on the attack in the 62nd minute when Serena Speight picked up her second goal of the afternoon, putting the Lasers back out in front 3-2. The Owls lost their momentum after that goal, but were able to collect themselves just in time to find an offensive explosion late that powered them to a win. 

In the 80th minute, Norton took a perfect pass and weaved around the defense before sending a sailing ball into the box that found the left foot of Kaliana Palhof, who was able to get a spinning shot that found its way into the bottom left corner of the net, tying the game at three.  Just 43 seconds later, the Owls were suddenly in front as Victoria Reynolds notched her second career goal, giving Keene State the 4-3 lead.  Reynolds was not done yet, as she took a free kick in the 83rd minute and fired the ball into the top left corner of the net, giving the Owls a two-goal edge at the 83:!7 mark, a lead they would not relinquish.  

Inside the Box

  • Reynolds notched the first multi-goal performance of her career scoring two goal in the win. 
  • It was a stellar home return for Patricia Norton, who scored her first goal since September 12, 2017 and recorded an assist.
  • The Lasers' Serena Speight also picked up the first multi goal performance of her career, scoring two in the loss. She tallied five goals in the 2018 season and has already registered three goals through three games this season. 
  • The Owls have not had a five-goal performance in a game since October 21, 2017 in a 7-2 win over Rhode Island College. 
  • The Owls pick up their first win on the season in their second game of the season for the second straight year, after defeating Colby-Sawyer College in similar fashion.   KSC trailed 2-0 through 60 minutes, but rattled off two gols in a one minute span to tie the game and eventually went ahead 3-2 in the 78th minute. 
  • The Lasers were led in shots by Serena Speight, who picked up a game-high nine total (six on goal). 

Up Next

  • The Owls stay home to host Emmanuel College on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 pm. 
  • The Lasers continue their five-game road trip as they head to Tufts University to take on the Jumbos at 4:30 pm on the same date.