1          2              F


            Rhode Island College (10-5, 3-2 LEC)           1            0            1


            Keene State (8-5-3, 3-2-1 LEC)                          2            3            5                           


      K: Renee Halsey (Breanne Lucey) 1:47; K: Brittany Faulkner (Sarah Miller ) 3:01; R: Ashley Teixeira (Caitlin Gavin) 42:26; K: Halsey (Courtney Gately) 46:28; K: Tara Wagner (Lucey) 58:34; K: Halsey (Ali Corso, Gately) 60:13;  Saves: K: Sarah Campbell 8, R: Krissie Pyzynski 8; 




KEENE, N.H. 10/27/05 – Sophomore Renee Halsey (Francestown, N.H.) netted her second hat trick in as many games to lead the Keene State College women’s soccer team to a 5-1 Little East Conference victory over R.I. College at Joyce Athletic Field on Thursday.  It was the 200th career win for KSC Coach Denise Lyons.


With the win, KSC (8-5-3, 3-2-1 LEC) moves into fourth place in the LEC standings and a step closer to hosting a first-round conference tournament game. RIC drops to 10-5 (3-2 LEC).  The Owls wrap up their regular season schedule against UMass-Boston on Saturday while the Anchorwomen have remaining games against Eastern and Western Conn.


Keene State scored on its first two shots on net.  Halsey gave the Owls a 1-0 lead 1:47 into the game when she converted a centering pass from Breanne Lucey (Keene, N.H.).  Just over a minute later, Brittany Faulkner (Lebanon, N.H.) made it a 2-0 game with her first goal of the season off an indirect kick.


RIC cut the Owls’ lead in half just before the end of the first half on a goal by Ashley Teixeira (Warren, R.I.).


KSC scored three unanswered goals in the second half.  Halsey scored 1:28 into the half to push the Owls up to 3-1.  Tara Wagner (Avon, Conn.) netted her first of the season on a rebound, and Halsey completed the scoring with her third goal of the game following a corner kick.  Both goalies KSC’s Sarah Campbell (Auburn, Mass.) and Krissie Pyzynski (Bristol, Conn.) finished the game with eight saves.


“I’m getting good passes from my teammates and I’m just tapping the ball past the goalie,” said Halsey, who has a team-leading eight goals this season.   They do all the work.”  Coach Lyons has changed the line-up up front and we’re starting to click.”


“We’ve struggled scoring, so it was nice to find the back of the net today,” said Lyons.  “We worked on finishing in practice and I think we’re making progress. Moving Renee up front has paid off.  She has the speed, finesse and touch and works well with her teammates.  Today she shined again.”


“We know we had to win today to at least host a first round game,” Lyons added.  “Anything can happen in the tournament. It will be nice to get a shot at some teams that beat us earlier in the year.”


“I thought I would get the 200th win earlier in the season, Lyons said with a laugh.  I’m happy to reach the milestone, but today it was more about getting a big win for the team and getting ready to play in the Tournament.”


Lyons, now in her 14th season at KSC has an overall record of (200-72-19).  It was ironic that Coach Lyons got her milestone win on Joyce Field.  It was the same field she played on as an All-American midfielder for the Owls.