Anchormen Edged In Final Minutes


KEENE, N.H.Alex Horne’s scored with 1:12 left to play to give Keene State College a dramatic 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Rhode Island College in a Little East Conference men’s soccer this afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex.


The Owls scored two goals in the final five minutes of the game to pull out the win. Eric Scott tied the game at the 86:02 mark on his second direct kick goal of the game.  “When you can get two in one game it’s pretty good,” said the Owls’ senior captain.  “I was in a zone.  The last one, I just wanted to rip it.  It was all or nothing. I went for it and it worked out.”


That set the stage for Horne’s game winner.  “Pelse (Mesa) gave me a perfect ball, “ he said. “I made one cut inside and had an open net to shoot.  Luckily the keeper didn’t hold on to that one. We dug down deep and found a way to win.”


“The last five minutes everybody stepped up,” added KSC Coach Ron Butcher.  “When you play hard good things happen.”


Scott gave Keene State a 1-0 lead when his direct kick from 20-yards out curled past the wall into the far corner of the net.


RIC tied the game late in the half. Jimmy Hernandez (Providence, R.I.) deflected Jameson Gonzalez’s (Johnston, R.I.) drive into the box past Owl goalie Cal Mintz (Westport, Conn.)


Nic Rossi (N. Kingstown, R.I.) put RIC up 2-1 when he headed in a crossing corner ball from Brandon Migliore (Coventry, R.I.) at the 70:05 mark. However, late game heroics by Scott and Horne enabled KSC to win.


Mintz finished with two saves for KSC (10-3-1, 3-1-1 LEC) who move ahead of RIC into second place in the LEC. Jadon Neves (Warren, R.I.) stopped five shots for the Anchormen (7-5, 3-2 LEC).