GORHAM, Maine – Junior Connor Downey (West Islip, N.Y.) scored a spectacular goal in the 66th to snap a 2-2 draw and help the Keene State College Owls complete the comeback in a 3-2 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference men's soccer game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
With the win, Keene State improves to 13-6 overall and 6-2 in the Little East Conference. The Owls will await their pairing for the 2019 LEC tournament this coming week. Southern Maine concludes its season at 0-15-3 and 0-7-1 in conference action.
ON THE PITCH:
Downey put the Owls up early with a burst of speed down the right side of the field before putting the ball into the far post in the third minute. Trailing 1-0, USM came back with two unanswered goals to take a 2-1 lead into the halftime break. Freshman Noah Perry (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) scored his team leading fourth goal of the season in the 35th minute for the equalizer. In the 43rd minute, junior Joseph Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) converted a penalty kick after being brought down in the box for a one-goal advantage for the Huskies.
Keene pressured early in the second half and found its second goal of the contest in the 51st minute on a penalty kick. Junior Emmanuel Smith (Concord, N.H.) converted the attempt for the Owls, scoring his team-leading 11th goal of the season. Downey scored the game-winner with his eighth goal of the season, taking a deflected ball out of the air with a bicycle volley and a 3-2 lead.
Sophomore goalkeeper Anthony Pasciuto (Abington, Mass./Whitman-Hanson) made seven saves for the Owls to earn the win. USM senior Dalton Cassidy (Fort Fairfield, Maine) turned in a strong performance with four saves in the loss.