Women's Soccer Ready to Begin A Deep Run in Postseason Play

KEENE, N.H.- The Keene State College women's soccer has turned around last year's 4-11-1 record to a now 10-8-0 record, and 5-3 in LEC play to pick up the #3 seed in the 2019 LEC women's soccer tournament to host a quarterfinal game on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 against the #6 seeded Castleton University Spartans from Dr. Ron Butcher Field on Keene State College's campus. 

The Teams

Keene State comes into action after accumulating a 10-8 record on the season, with a 5-3 record in LEC play. The Owls pick up their highest seed in the LEC tournament since 2017 when they were the #3 seed as well. Castleton University finished out the 2019 campaign with a 9-9 overall record, and 4-4 in LEC play. 

The Coaches

Head coach from the Owls Denise Lyons, who has been at the helm of the Owls sideline for the last 28 seasons, enters the LEC tournament after a one-year absence. KSC started off the 2019 season with a 3-7 record but bounced back thanks to a five-game winning streak put together by the Owls. Castleton head coach Chris Chapdelaine has been on Castleton's sideline for the last 15 seasons. Chapdelaine takes his team to his second consecutive LEC women's soccer championship after Castleton had been added to the Little East Conference. The Spartans are the #6 seed for the second consecutive year as well. 

The Leaders

The Owls have been led all season long by their senior captain Patricia Norton, who has made a huge impact for the Owls. Norton picked up five goals and added seven assists on the season, totaling 17 points. Jordyn Abasciano (9-3-21) and Kaliana Palhof (8-1-17) are also deep threats in the starting lineup for the Owls on a nightly basis. The Owls have split time between their two goalkeepers, with Abbie Terrinca and Shelby Offord making 101 saves on the season. Castleton's start forward Rylee Nichols will be at the forefront of the Spartans offense scoring nine goals and adding five assists on the season. Tatum Shappy (8-2-18) and Makenzi Bellando (6-5-17) have also been key contributors for the Spartans offense. Junior Loren Henderson started in 16 games this season for the Spartans, picking up 97 saves on the season, which included two separate 13 saves game on the season. 

The Earlier Matchup

These two teams previously met for in the first game of LEC play, with the Spartans taking the 3-0 victory. The Spartans took control of the game early, scoring in the 24th minute of the contest. Keene State led in shots 16-13 in the 90 minutes of play. 

The Rest of the Tournament

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 will also feature one other quarterfinal game, as the #4 seeded Eastern Connecticut State Warriors will matchup against the #5 seeded Plymouth State University Panthers at Eastern Connecticut. That game is slated to begin at 6:00 pm. #1 seeded UMass Boston awaits the winner of Eastern Connecticut and Plymouth State while #2 seeded Western Connecticut will await the winner of #3 Keene State and #6 seeded Castleton University. The semi-final games will take place on Thursday, November 7, 2019.