KEENE, N.H.- The Keene State Owls women's soccer team found themselves down 2-1 with 25 minutes left in the contest, but were able to mount a comeback, capped off by Jordyn Abasciano who scored in the 88thminute, lifting KSC over the Southern Maine Huskies 3-2 from Dr. Ron Butcher Field on Saturday afternoon.
- Keene State: 10-8-0 (5-3-0 LEC)
- Southern Maine: 8-10-1 (2-6-0 LEC)
How it Happened:
It did not take long for the Owls to get started, as Sarah Carron was able to break free from the Huskies defense in the opening minutes of the contest and made a move on GK Kayla Gorman and took a shot that ended up going just wide of the right post. The Owls would gain momentum quickly from that and would score the game's first goal in the 8th minute. Patricia Norton made a through pass to Jordyn Abasciano who then was able to cut by two defenders for the Huskies and take a shot that beat GK Kayla Gorman to the bottom left corner of the net, giving KSC a 1-0 lead.
Southern Maine would not let the lead for the Owls linger long, as just six minutes later the Huskies capitalized on a scoring chance for themselves. Adela Kalilwa poked the ball forward from just outside the box and onto the foot of Ciera Berthiaume who took a shot that deflected off the right post and into the goal. Berthiaume picked up her team leading ninth goal of the season. Both netminders were tested in the first half, with Abbie Terrinca making the start for the Owls.
The Huskies would tally their next goal in the 33rd minute of the contest when Ciera Berthiaume took a shot from distance and planted the ball up and over the outstretched reach of GK Abbie Terrinca and into the net, giving the Huskies their first lead of the contest. Berthiaume picked up her 10th goal of the season.
In the first half, Abbie Terrinca and Kayla Gorman would make four saves each, with both team putting up nine shots in the half. The second half was played much like the first, with multiple chances for both teams. KSC would storm down the field in the 65th minute and score the tying goal of the contest. Senior captain Patricia Norton would take space and dribble the ball down the field, weaving by multiple defenders before taking a shot that fell into the right side of the net. Norton picks up her 5th goal of the season.
Southern Maine would see their best chance in the 82nd minute when Adela Kalilwa broke through and took a shot that found the back of the goal but was then called offsides. KSC would break on the attack in the 87thminute when Sarah Carron made a run and then passed the ball up to a streaking Jordyn Abasciano. Abasciano was in one on one with GK Kayla Gorman. Abasciano took a shot from just inside the box that GK Kayla Gorman got a piece of but fell inside the left post and into the back of the net, lifting the Owls in the 88thminute to victory 3-2 over Southern Maine.
Inside the Box:
- Jordyn Abasciano came away with two goals on the afternoon, with her second coming late in the game, giving the Owls the 3-2 win. Abasciano last scored a goal on October 16, in a win over Plymouth State 3-2 in OT. Abasciano had all three goals in that contest, including the GWG in OT.
- Southern Maine's Ciera Berthiaume finishes the 2019 campaign with ten goals on the season, a mark that leads her team after scoring both goals for the Huskies this afternoon.
- Keene State's Abbie Terrinca played all 90 minutes of the contest this afternoon, making six saves. This is the first time that Terrinca has played a full 90 minutes since October 12 in a 1-0 win over Eastern Connecticut State. GK Kayla Gorman also came away with six saves in the losing effort for the Huskies this afternoon.
- With the win, KSC wraps up a #3 seed in the upcoming LEC playoffs, which will begin on Tuesday, November 5. Southern Maine has been eliminated from playoff contention.
- Keene State will host a quarterfinal game against Castleton University. KSC will be the #3 seed in the LEC tournament. Castleton will be the #6 seed. Kick-off is set for 6:00 pm.
- Southern Maine has been eliminated from playoff contention. This afternoon's contest wraps up the 2019 soccer season for the Huskies.