Oct. 16, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Senior midfielder Brian Holmes (Sharon, MA) netted two goals including the eventual game-winner to lift the Keene State College men's soccer team past the University of Massachusetts Boston, 6-1, this afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex on the campus of Keene State College. With the win, KSC improves to 9-4-2 overall, 4-0-1 in the Little East Conference while the loss drops the Beacons to 4-10, 1-4 in the LEC.
Holmes didn't waste much time to open the game's scoring, giving the Owls a 1-0 advantage just 8:55 into the match when he put home a cross by senior midfielder Luke Sisco (Pine Plains, NY). Holmes made it 2-0 at the 23:39 mark with his second marker of the match on a shot from the top of the box that beat UMass Boston sophomore keeper Brycen Dowd (Mansfield, MA) to the keepers near post. The Owls would make it 3-0 before halftime on a score by sophomore forward Joe Senecal (Manchaug, MA). Senecal made a streaking run and was fed by freshman midfielder Bryce Lawlor (Woodbury, CT) to give the home squad the three goal margin heading into the intermission.
Keene State did not let up and made it 4-0 only 4:54 into the second stanza when junior midfielder Alex Larson (Williamsport, PA) registered an unassisted goal after collecting a loose ball inside the Beacon penalty box and hammering home a shot from the PK marker. Freshman forward Scott Douglas (East Greenwich, RI) gave Keene State a 5-0 lead with another score from inside around the penalty marker at the 56:55 mark in the match. Douglas was assisted by senior forward Cam Blair (Keene, NH), his second helper on the year.
The Beacons lone goal of the afternoon came at 64:10 into the contest when senior midfielder Alex Cavallero (Lenox, MA) found the back of the net for the first time this season following a free kick set up by sophomore midfielder Victor Costa (Malden, MA), cutting the Owl lead to 5-1.
Keene would net the final tally of the match when freshman midfielder Mike Mulhall (Delmar, NY) netted his first collegiate goal off of a rebound to give KSC the 6-1 edge.
For the Owls, senior keeper Thomas Conran (South Windsor, CT) played the first 74+ minutes in net, registering one save before giving way to freshman netminder Malcolm Cheney (Hopkinton, MA) who also notched a save in the win. Dowd ended the day with three saves in the net for the Beacons.
UMass Boston is idle until Saturday, October 26 when they travel to Plymouth, MA for an LEC matchup vs. Plymouth State University at 4:30 p.m. while the Owls host Framingham State on Wednesday, October 20 in a 6:30 p.m. contest.