Oct. 16, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore midfielder Leah Teter (Granville, MA) netted the game-winning goal with just 2:46 to play in the first half to propel the Keene State College women's soccer team past the University of Massachusetts Boston, 3-0, this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center field on the campus of UMass Boston. Prior to the start of the match, both teams participated in a THINK PINK ceremony in collaboration with the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and We Got Soccer. Both teams honored and recognized friends and family members who have been affected by the ongoing fight with the distribution of white roses to symbolize their love and support.
After a very even first half that saw the Beacons battling into the wind, Teter was able to sneak free on the weak side and convert a crossed ball from senior midfielder Nora Mahoney (Belchertown, MA) for her first goal of the season to give the Owls the 1-0 halftime advantage.
Senior forward Katie Bradford (Lebanon, NH) made it 2-0 just 4:38 into the second half to give Keene State a comfortable two goal cushion. The striker took advantage of a failed UMass Boston clear and struck a beautiful shot to the upper left hand corner of the goal, beating freshman keeper Katie Coscia (Pittsfield, MA) for her 13th tally of the season. The goal was also Bradford's 61st career marker which breaks the KSC all-time record previous held by Philo Robinson (1991).
The Owls would add an insurance goal when sophomore forward Joan Hamel (Weare, NH) benefited from a through ball pass by sophomore midfielder Brittany Croteau (Swanzey, NH) that allowed her to challenge Coscia one on one. Hamel calmly beat the netminder for her fifth goal of the season with a low, hard strike that found the back of the net, sealing the 3-0 win for Keene State.
Junior goalkeeper Megan Dempsey (East Weymouth, MA) earned her sixth shutout of the season, making two saves on the afternoon for the Owls while Coscia kept the Beacons in it early on, making seven first half saves while finishing the game with nine stops.
UMass Boston's only real scoring opportunity of the match came with just under nine minutes to play in the first half when freshman forward Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, MA) was able to elude the Keene State backline and fire a shot from just inside the visitor's 18-yard box, but the shot hit the outside netting by the near post.
The Beacons will be in action again Tuesday, October 19 when they travel to Buzzards Bay, MA for a non-conference matchup vs. Massachusetts Maritime Academy at 7:00 p.m. while the Owls will head to Amherst, MA on Wednesday, October 20 to face Amherst College in a 4:00 p.m. tilt.