BOSTON, Mass. – With a combined three goals in a five minute span in the second dhalf the Owls of Keene State College ended the 2016 women's soccer season as they earned 6-1 decision Saturday evening at James Cotter Field in a Little East Conference match.
UMass Boston 1, Keene State College 6
UMass Boston (3-13-2, 1-5-1 Little East)
Keene State College (14-5-0, 6-1-0 Little East)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Knotted at 1-1 thanks to a goal by Jessi Beverlin (Eagle River, Alaska), the Beacons were looking to play upset and earn the final spot into the Little East Conference Tournament. However with an offensive surge that resulted three goals, the Beacons bid for a ninth straight tournament appearance quickly vanished.
The Owls would tack another goal in the 75th minute, and sealed the victory in the 82nd to earn the number-two seed in the tournament, which begins next Tuesday.
Beverlin's goal was a beautiful breakaway which started in the middle third of the field. Kate Leavitt (Plymouth, Mass.) placed the ball perfectly Beverlin's foot, who happened to catch the Owls defense sleeping. The junior transfer then sprinted past the opposition and beat Keene State goalkeeper Danielle Warhall one-on-one to the far post.
The Beacons would threaten two more times in the second half, with neither finding their mark, while the Owls kicked their offense into overdrive. Alyssa Fugiel (Easthampton, Mass.) was amazing once again as she did everything in her power to keep Keene State off the board. On the night, Fugiel made 14 stops, while Warhall only made one.
Keene State got a majority of their offensive production from Kali Santino, Morgan Kathan, and Katie Silegy. Silegy led the way with two goals and an assist, while Santino finished with one goal and an assist. Kathan also picked-up a pair of assists and finished with one goal as well.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Saturday's loss to the Owls marked the first for the Beacons since the 2011 regular season, when they fell 4-0.
- The Beacons entered the contest riding a seven-game unbeaten streak (4-0-3)
- Saturday's contest marked the final game in the career of the Beacons lone senior Alexandria Levesque
- On the night Keene State outshot UMass Boston 29-5, 20-2 in shots on goal
- The Owls also held a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks