MANSFIELD, Conn.—Keene State sophomore Connor Downey's goal with 5:02 remaining in regulation, lifted second-seeded Keene State College past #3 UMass Boston men's soccer 1-0 in the Little East Conference Semifinals.
#2 Keene State College 1, #3 UMass Boston 1
(UMass Boston 9-10-2)
(Keene State 13-5-)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After going down a man in the 57th minute, UMass Boston kept the Owls off the board for the next 28 minutes, before the Owls scored off a scramble off a corner kick.
With the loss, UMass Boston sees their season come to an end at 9-10-2. The loss marks the final game in the careers of seniors Edson Marques (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Juan Nieto (Barquisimeto, Venezuela) and Eric Murakami (São Paulo, Brazil).
Prior to the red card, the Owls had a sizeable advantage in shots, but both teams had managed just one shot on goal in the first 56:12.
Junior keeper Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) finished the contest with two saves on three shots.
On the opposite side, Keene State freshman Anthony Pasciuto improved to 9-3 by making two saves.
The Owls began to take advantage of the Beacons being down a man in the final 15 minutes of the contest. They recorded six of their 21 shots in the final 11:09 and earned one of their three corner kicks.
Castro-Dreher was able to stop Benny Tamzarian's effort at 82:35, but the Owls regained possession quickly and Dowey and Emmanuel Smith both connected with the crossbar in a 40-second span.
The second shot to hit the crossbar led to the game-winning corner kick, as Smith's corner eventually found Downey in the box and he poked it home for the decisive tally.
UMass Boston was unable to record a shot in the final 5:02, as the Beacons saw their season come to a close in the LEC Semifinals for a second-straight season.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Keene State earned a 21-4 edge in shots, 3-2 lead in shots on goal and 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.
- UMass Boston has reached the LEC Semifinals in five-straight years, after only making the Final Four twice in the first 18 years of the LEC Tournament.
- Leo Herrera (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) and Murakami recorded the Beacons two shots on goal.
- UMass Boston defeated the Owls 2-1 in overtime eight days ago in Boston.
- Julio DaSilva (Icara, Brazil) ends the year tied for fourth in program history with his four game-winning goals in a single-season.
UMass Boston will return all but three players from this year's team for the 2019 season. The Beacons will also get back three of their top offensive players, who were sidelined for all but the first four games of the 2018 season.