Women’s Soccer Blanks Keene State 2-0 in 2019 Opener

Bee Murphy scored on a corner kick in Western New England's season-opening 2-0 victory over Keene State on Saturday. (Photo by Rachael Margossian)
Bee Murphy scored on a corner kick in Western New England's season-opening 2-0 victory over Keene State on Saturday. (Photo by Rachael Margossian)

Murphy & Decost net second half goals for Golden Bears

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (August 31, 2019) – The Western New England University women's soccer team used a pair of second half goals to earn a 2-0 victory over Keene State College on Saturday afternoon in the Golden Bears' 2019 season opener at Suprenant Field.

Top Performers
Juniors Bee Murphy (Monson, Mass.) and Kristin Decost (Hudson, N.H.) provided the offense for Western New England, while senior goalkeeper Alex Lemekha (Stamford, Conn.) registered a ten-save shutout.

Game Review
Western New England had several opportunities to pull ahead in the first half, but the Golden Bears were unable to convert. In the 10th minute, a header by Decost was turned away by a Keene State defender, keeping the contest scoreless.

Then at the 22:59 mark, the Golden Bears were awarded a penalty kick following a Keene State foul in the box. Murphy placed her attempt towards the upper left corner of the net, but Owls' junior goalkeeper Shelby Offord (Shelton, Conn.) was there to make the stop.

After heading into the break with the score still tied 0-0, Western New England capitalized on a pair of opportunities in the second half.

Murphy broke the scoreless deadlock in the 59th minute, when she curved a corner kick directly into the net. The Golden Bears then added an insurance goal with less than four minutes remaining in the contest, as sophomore Vanessa Chiarella (Hampden, Mass.) played a ball to Decost, who got behind the Keene State defense and made a move around the goalkeeper before burying a shot into the back of the net.

Notes
• After dropping their first 14 matchups with Keene State, the Golden Bears have now defeated the Owls in consecutive seasons.
• Keene State outshot Western New England 24-14, with a 10-7 edge in shots on goal.

Up Next
Western New England (1-0) travels to crosstown rival Springfield College on Wednesday night, while Keene State (0-1) returns home to face Lasell next Saturday.