KEENE, N.H. – Nick Fontana (Marshfield, Mass.) had the lone goal for men's soccer as the Beacons were handed a 2-1 Little East Conference loss Saturday afternoon at Owl Athletic Complex.
BY THE NUMBERS
UMass Boston 1, Keene State College 2
UMass Boston (11-3-2, 4-2-1 Little East Conference)
Keene State College (12-5-0, 5-2-0 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Keene State Owls got the game going early as in the 10th minute of the contest, the Beacons turned the ball over right outside of the box and the Owls were able to capitalize. It was Emmanuel Smith who jumped on the loose ball and sent a through pass to Connor Downey who was able to roof the ball just under the cross bar and into the net, giving the Owls the early 1-0 advantage.
Just two minutes and 21 seconds later, it was the Owls attack again finding goal when Emmanuel Smith once again sent a through ball passed the defenders of the Beacons, and found the left foot of James McCully. McCully put the ball past a diving Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) and into the left side of the net, doubling the Owls lead.
UMass Boston would quickly cut the lead in half just 34 seconds after Keene's second with Fontana finding twine when he received a cross pass from Nilton de Andrade (Fogo, Cape Verde) and used his head to put the ball into the top left side of the net, passed the dive of Owls GK Anthony Pasciuto, giving the Beacons their first goal of the contest.
KSC and UMass Boston would fight for every inch in the second half, with minimal chances at goal for either squad. The Beacons best chance of the afternoon came in the 79th minute when the Owls committed a foul just outside of the box resulting in a free kick for UMB.
Yuran Teixeira (Praia, Cape Verde) lined up a shot that sailed up and over the bar. UMass Boston's Yasser El Hasnaoui (Marrakesh, Morocco) would get the final shot on goal for the Beacons in the 87th minute, but Anthony Pasciuto came up with the save, finalizing the score at 2-1 in favor of the Owls.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Keene State has now won three of their last four meetings with Beacons and lead the series 19-5-2
- Since 2016 every game between the Beacons and Owls have been decided by just one goal in each contest
- The Beacons held a 10-7 advantage in shots
- Keene State led 4-3 in corner kicks
- Combined there were 46 fouls called in the Saturday's contest, with each team receiving two yellow cards
- Saturday's loss was the first in the month of October and ended the Beacons six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) and four-game win-streak
The Beacons will travel to Springfield College on Tuesday for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference game.
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