Oct. 17, 2009
KEENE, NH - Junior forward Katie Bradford (Lebanon, NH) netted a pair of goals and added an assist to lead the Keene State College women's soccer team over visiting University of Massachusetts Boston, 4-0, today in a Little East Conference match at the Owl Athletic Complex in Keene, NH.
The Beacons suffer their first loss since September 10, snapping a school-record nine-match unbeaten streak and fall to 9-3-1 overall and 3-1-1 in LEC play, while the Owls, who are ranked 10th in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America New England Regional poll, improve to 11-3-1 and 5-0-0.
Bradford put Keene State on the board when sophomore midfielder Leah Teter (Granville, MA) fed her at the 18:55 mark of the first half for a 1-0 edge. The goal snapped a streak of 456:18 minutes without a goal allowed by UMass Boston and a streak of 411:18 minutes by junior keeper Michelle Cain (Essex, MA).
Senior midfielder Kendra Spencer (Petoskey, MI) sent a lead cross into the box where Bradford converted it for her team-leading 10th goal of the season less than three minutes later at 21:25. Bradford figured in the scoring again when she sent a corner kick into the box where sophomore midfielder Tara Nathan (Bethel, CT) turned it into the Owls' third goal of the afternoon at 36:03 of the first half with her fifth goal of the campaign. Nathan hooked up with freshman forward Joan Hamel (Weare, NH) with a lead cross through the box that Hamel put away for her second score of the year just 1:49 before halftime for the last Keene State goal of the afternoon.
Cain stopped six shots in the first half for the Beacons, before senior Jessica Penta (Revere, MA) made four saves in the second half for UMass Boston. Sophomore keeper Megan Dempsey (East Weymouth, MA) made three saves in 73:31 of action for the Owls, who owned a 19-5 shot advantage, including 15-1 in the first half. Senior Samantha Hirsh (Holliston, MA) played the final 16:29 for Keene State and stopped the only shot she faced.
The Beacons will be in action again on Tuesday, October 20 when they host Massachusetts Maritime Academy at the Clark Athletic Center Field at 3:30 p.m., while the Owls host Amherst College on Monday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.