DARTMOUTH, Mass. – A pair of goals in each half, including two by Katie Silegy (Keene, N.H.), powered Keene State to a 4-1 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's soccer team on Senior Day.
Score: Keene State 4, UMass Dartmouth 1
Records: Keene State (10-7-1, 5-2-0 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (4-15-1, 2-5-0 LEC)
How it Happened
Keene State's Natalie Roca (Greenlawn, N.Y.) lofted a shot from approximately 35 yards out, hitting off of the fingertips of Corsair Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass.) and just inside the crossbar for a 1-0 Owl lead. Three minutes later, Keene forward Morgan Kathan (Ludlow, Vt.) chipped a pass from the right side that led to a right-footed finish by Silegy.
On a free-kick in the 33rd minute of the contest, UMass Dartmouth senior Alyssa Martins (Ludlow, Mass.) showed off her pinpoint precision by placing a ball into the upper-left corner of the net to put the Corsairs on the board.
The Owls capitalized on a Corsair hand-ball in the box in the 55th minute, as Silegy converted her penalty kick for her second goal of the match to help her squad retake a two-goal lead. Later on, Keene continued its offensive momentum as freshman midfielder Sarah Carron (Feeding Hills, Mass.) fired a shot from the left of the box and in for a 4-1 advantage.
Shots by UMass Dartmouth's Jamie Nakamura (Aiea, Hawaii) and Alexis Pacheco (Swansea, Mass.) during the second half came close to narrowing the margin, but were turned away by visiting goalkeeper Shelby Offord (Shelton, Conn.).
Inside the Numbers
- Keene State dominated the margin of corner kicks, taking seven to UMass Dartmouth's one.
- Corsair goalkeeper Boucher has registered multiple saves in each of her eight starts this season, finishing with three on Saturday.
- The Owls held the slight edge in shots on goal, 7-5.
The No. 6 seed UMass Dartmouth will begin postseason play as it takes on Keene State, the No. 3 seed, once again for the first round of the Little East Conference Tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the Owl Athletic Complex.