KEENE, N.H. – Junior Breanne Lucey’s (Keene, N.H.) goal 2:35 into the second overtime Tuesday afternoon lifted third-seeded Keene State College to a dramatic 1-0 victory over rival and sixth-seeded Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference Tournament women’s soccer quarterfinal game at Sumner Joyce Field.
Keene State (10-5-3 overall), which extended its winning streak to four games, moves on to play second-seeded Western Connecticut in a semifinal round game Friday at Eastern Conn. (2:30 p.m.) Top seeded ECSU will face fourth seed Southern Maine in the other semifinal game. USM edged fifth seed Rhode Island College 1-0 in Tuesday’s other quarterfinal contest. Plymouth State’s season ends with a 4-11-2 overall record.
Taking a feed from Courtney Gately (Canton, Mass.) out of the left wing, Lucey beat a PSU defender and put the ball past Panther goalie Hayley Quinones (Waitsfield, Vt.) for the game-winner.
The Owls, who outshot PSU 19-6, had several opportunities to win the game in regulation play. Brittany Faulkner (Lebanon, N.H.) hit the post in the final minutes of the first half. In the second half, Lucey just missed a header on a corner kick and Kathleen Keniston’s (Minneapolis, MN) bid at the crease was denied by Quinones. In the final seconds of regulation, Katie Steven’s (Londonderry, N.H.) drive sailed over the cross bar.
Plymouth State’s best chance to score came in the opening minute of the first overtime when a header by sophomore Jaimee Coombs (Peabody, Mass.) went just over the cross bar.
Sarah Campbell (Auburn, Mass.) had three saves to notch her fourth shutout of the season for the Owls. Quinines finished with 11 saves for the Panthers.
The defending LEC champs, KSC has reached the finals six straight years, winning the championship in 2002 and 2004.
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)
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