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No. 2 Keene State and No. 4 Western Connecticut Advance to LEC Men’s Soccer Tournament Final

2018 men's soccer semifinals
2018 men's soccer semifinals

No. 4 Western Connecticut 2, No. 1 Eastern Connecticut 1 - Box Score

FOR THE RECORD: The Colonials improved their record to _ with the semifinal victory, while the Warriors fell to _ for the year.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Senior Darion Richeme (Danbury, Conn.) scored both of WestConn's goals in the first half, putting the Colonials on the board 13:20 into the match before scoring the eventual game-winner at 25:27. Both shots came from the top of the box appeared to be partially deflected on their way in. Eastern Connecticut applied pressure late and cut its deficit in half when junior Max Parent (Yarmouth, Mass.) found the back of the net with 58 seconds remaining, but that was the lone shot to get past Western Connecticut sophomore Daniel Szabo (Trumbull, Conn.), who finished with five saves.

Senior Ryan Murphy (Cromwell, Conn.) got the start in goal for the Warriors, totaling three saves while allowing two goals in the first half. Sophomore Kyle Boutot (Tolland, Conn.) stopped each of the give shots on goal he faced in the second half.

The Colonials outshot Eastern Connecticut 17-12 in the match, including a 10-6 advantage in shots on goal. Corners were event at five apiece.

No. 2 Keene State 1, No. 3 UMass Boston 0 - Box Score

FOR THE RECORD: The Owls ran their overall record to 22-9 with the semifinal victory, while the Beacons' season ends at 17-9.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Sophomore Connor Downey (West Islip, N.Y.) scored the lone goal of the match with 5:02 remaining in the second half to send the second-seeded Owls to the LEC tournament final with a 1-0 semifinal victory over the third-seeded Beacons. Both goalkeepers – Keene State freshman Anthony Pasciuto (Abington, Mass.) and UMass Boston junior Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) – had two saves in the match.

Keene State outshot UMass Boston 21-4 in the match, but held a narrow 3-2 edge in shots on goal due to the blustery conditions. The Owls held a 3-1 margin in corner kicks.

TOURNAMENT NOTES: Keene State will be playing in the LEC tournament final for the 11th time in program history. The Owls have won six LEC tournament championships, the last coming in 2010. Western Connecticut, which has advanced to the LEC final for the fifth time, is looking to repeat as LEC champion and win its fourth conference tournament title in program history. These two teams are 1-1 versus each other in the LEC tournament final, with WestConn record a 1-0 overtime victory in 2003 and Keene State posting a 1-0 win in 2002.