KEENE, N.H. - Despite a career-high pair of goals by Corsair freshman Alexis Pacheco (Swansea, Mass.), a trio of second-half markers propelled the No. 3 seed Keene State over the No. 6 seed University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 4-1, in the First Round of the Little East Conference Tournament on Tuesday evening.
Score: Keene State 4, UMass Dartmouth 2
Records: Keene State (11-7-1, 6-2-0 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (4-16-1, 2-6-0 LEC)
How it Happened
Seventy-two hours after the two opponents last battled, the hosts struck first in the 16th minute. Taylor Farland (Fiskdale, Mass.) led a pass to Kali Santino (West Chesterfield, N.H.) for a 1-0 Owl lead. UMass Dartmouth showed its resilience less than five minutes later as Pacheco was on the receiving end of Taryn Carley's (Kingston, Mass.) cross for the Corsair equalizer.
At the 51:21 mark of the match, the Owls were awarded a free-kick on the left baseline just outside of the 18-yard box. Farland notched her second assist after she served in a lob towards the six-yard box that found the right foot of her classmate Tori Laires (Ludlow, Mass.) to regain the advantage. Keene State maintained its offensive push in the 56th minute via Rachel Braun's (Brookfield, Conn.) pass to Sarah Carron (Feeding Hills, Mass.) that resulted in a third Owl goal. Moments later, Keene's Katie Silegy (Keene, N.H.) scored on a breakaway along the right side of the pitch, knocking the shot just inside the left post.
With under three minutes to go, Pacheco eluded multiple defenders on the far sideline approximately 25 yards away from the goal, then fired a direct line-drive shot just over the outstretched goalie's arms into the top right corner of the goal to cut the deficit in half. Despite the effort at making a comeback, time expired on the Corsairs.
Inside the Numbers
- Carley registered her first career assist, helping her squad even the scoring in the 21st minute of the contest.
- Keene State goalkeeper Shelby Offord (Shelton, Conn.) registered four saves for the Owls on the full 90 minutes.
- UMass Dartmouth senior goalie Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass.) recorded nine saves on the evening, tied for third-most in her career.
UMass Dartmouth wraps up its season at 4-16-1 overall, with Keene State advancing to the LEC Semifinals against No. 2 seed Western Connecticut on Thursday.