BOSTON, Mass.—Keene State College sophomore Donovan Harris scored with 1:05 remaining in the second overtime, to stun #25 UMass Boston men's soccer in both team's Little East Conference opener.
Keene State 1, #25 UMass Boston 0 (2OT)
(UMass Boston 2-1-2)
(Keene State 3-0-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In a matchup of the final two unbeaten teams in the LEC, UMass Boston dominated the stat line, only to give up a goal on Keene State's second shot on goal of the afternoon.
Riley Steele was able to break through on the right side of the box and cut back into towards goal. He sent a slow cross on the ground through the box, that went through a handful of players-before finding a wide-open Harris on the near side. The sophomore's first touch bounced towards the six-yards box, before the sophomore blasted a left-footed shot over Omar Castro-Dreher's (Woonsocket, R.I.) outstretched hands for a 1-0 win.
The Beacons outshot Keene State 20-8 and held a 4-2 edge in shots on goal. While they settled for shots outside the box for most of the day, the Beacons had a handful of good looks from in close, only to be denied by Keene senior Jason Smith.
Two of the Beacons' best chances didn't even go down as shots on goal. Junior Jonathan Cardoso (Fogo, Cape Verde) blasted a shot square off the crossbar in the 43rd minute. Less than two minutes later, Mauricio Martinez (Revere, Mass.) beat Smith, but his shot floated off the inside of the post, off the back of Smith, and out of danger.
The Beacons' best chance of the second half came with less than 15 minutes remaining in regulation. Daniel Morales (San Diego, Calif.) squeezed his way past a number of defenders, before clearing some space eight-yards out. His right-footed shot was stopped by a diving Smith to keep the game at 0-0.
UMass Boston controlled the chances throughout most of overtime, as they outshot Keene State 2-0 in the first overtime and 3-0 through the first 15 minutes.
It was only in the final five minutes of the day, that the Owls began to pick up the pressure. Promise Kpee had a shot blocked at 107:30 and then the Owls sandwiched a corner kick, between two more blocked shots.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Keene State College continues to be a thorn in the Beacons' side. The two teams are 2-2-2 against each other over the past five years.
- Castro-Dreher made one save in the loss, while Smith stopped all four shots he faced.
- With the loss, UMass Boston's 22-game unbeaten streak in the month of September came to an end. The Beacons had gone 20-0-2 over their past 22 games dating back to September 2015.
- Junior Jacob Higgins (Pembroke, Mass.) made his first collegiate start as a back in the loss.
UMass Boston will look to get back on track on Wednesday, when they travel to play Worcester State University on Wednesday at 7 p.m.