Western New England Rallies to Defeat Keene State 2-1 in Overtime

Sophomore Morgan Smith recorded a goal and an assist in Western New England's 2-1 win over Keene State on Saturday. (Photo by Rachael Margossian)
Sophomore Morgan Smith recorded a goal and an assist in Western New England's 2-1 win over Keene State on Saturday. (Photo by Rachael Margossian)

Victory marks Golden Bears' first ever triumph over Owls

KEENE, N.H. (September 1, 2018) – The Western New England University women's soccer team opened its season with a 2-1, comeback victory over Keene State College in overtime on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action at the Owl Athletic Complex.

Top Performers
Freshman midfielder Autumn Hathaway (Colchester, Vt.) put a team-high three shots on target and scored the game winner for the Golden Bears in the second overtime period, while sophomore forward Morgan Smith (Manchester, Conn.) tallied a goal and an assist.

Making her first start in net since the 2016 season, senior goalkeeper Marissa Veilleux (Newington, Conn.) stopped seven of the eight shots that she faced to earn the win.

Keene State sophomore forward Jordyn Abasciano (Auburn, Mass.) scored for the Owls in the first half.

Game Review
Western New England outshot Keene State 9-5 in the first half, but it was the Owls that led 1-0 at the break courtesy of Abasciano's goal in the 24th minute, which came on a feed from sophomore midfielder Sarah Carron (Feeding Hills, Mass.).

Still trailing by a goal early in the second half, the Golden Bears equalized at the 60:05 mark when Smith came away with a loose ball in the box and buried it just under the crossbar.

After outshooting the Owls 3-0 in the first overtime session, Western New England needed just 2:12 in the second extra frame to secure the win as Hathaway headed home a cross from Smith.

Notes
• Western New England's victory marks the first ever triumph for the Golden Bears over the Owls, snapping an 0-for-14 streak. The matchup was the first between the two programs since 2010.
• Smith scored her first goal of 2018 after leading the team with five goals as a freshman last fall.
• The Golden Bears outshot the Owls 21-14, while the home team held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

Up Next
Western New England (1-0) returns home to take on Springfield College on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m., while Keene State (0-1) hosts Colby Sawyer on Tuesday evening at 5 p.m.