October 5, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Senior All-Little East Conference forward Scott Douglas (East Greenwich, RI) netted the game-winning goal in the 107th minute to give the Keene State Owls to a 3-2 double overtime victory over the Rhode Island College menís soccer team at the RIC Soccer Field on Saturday afternoon in another epic battle between the two LEC rivals.


Keene State spoiled Homecoming for the Anchormen with the come-from-behind victory and improved to 4-7 overall, while upping its conference mark to 1-1. Meanwhile, the Anchormen fell to 5-3-3 overall with a 1-1-1 mark in the LEC after dropping their seventh straight contest to the Owls.


After having an early goal waved off because of an offsides call, the visiting Owls eventually drew first blood in the ninth minute of action, thanks to sophomore midfielder Eddie Mercerís (South Hadley, MA) fourth goal of the season. Following a free kick from just inside the midfield line, Mercer found sophomore defender Dylan Bisceglia (New Boston, NH) alone in the top right corner of the box. Bisceglia nearly lost the handle, but recovered in time to dish to a cutting Mercer, who ripped a strike from inside the box past RIC freshman goalkeeper Chris Moura (Rumford, RI) for the, 1-0, lead.


The Anchormen trailed by one heading into halftime, but made the necessary adjustments during the intermission to come out strong in the second half. In the 48th minute of action, just two and a half minutes into the second stanza, RIC junior midfielder Geoff Sampaio (Tiverton, RI) was dragged down in the box by a Keene defender, setting up a penalty kick for the Anchormen. Junior forward Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) stepped up and blasted a shot past Keene senior goalkeeper Malcolm Cheney (Hopkinton, MA) for his seventh goal of the season, knotting the score at one.


Rhode Island College struck again just two minutes later, as sophomore midfielder Camilo Estradaís (Pawtucket, RI) fifth goal of the season in the 50th minute gave the hosts a one-goal advantage. Following a throw-in from freshman defender Devin Lambert (Albion, RI), Sampaio corralled the ball at the top left corner of the box and slowly backed down his defender. With his back to the net, Sampaio rolled a perfectly placed through-pass between his legs and into the box for Estrada, who cut to the net and fired a strike past Cheney to give RIC a 2-1 lead.



 Freshman defender Devin Lambert


The Owls answered back in the 69th minute, tying the score at two following senior forward Brian Swindellís (Milford, MA) second tally of the year. After a booming goal kick from Cheney nearly skipped all the way to the opposing box, Douglas chased down the loose ball and quickly wheeled around a pair of defenders before lofting a high cross into the right side of the box from about 35 yards out. Waiting just beyond the right post, Swindell leaped in the air and headed the Douglas cross into the back of the net for the game-tying score.


In the final seconds of regulation, the Owls had a chance to come away with a miraculous game-winning score after a loose ball ricocheted off of an Anchorman defender and gave Keene a clear path to the net. However, as Mercer eluded Moura and stormed towards the empty net with just one second on the clock, junior defender Kwasi Boateng (East Hartford, CT) sprinted in and slid the ball out of harmís way as time expired.


After the first overtime period came and went with few scoring chances for each team, the Owls gained momentum in the second overtime period and began to control possession of the ball. Following a trio of missed opportunities for the visitors, Keene finally found the back of the net in the final minutes of the ballgame to steal the, 3-2, win away from the Anchormen. With less than four minutes left to play, junior defender Kaleb Lique-Naitove (Keene, NH) launched a long ball into the box from nearly 50 yards out and managed to connect with Douglas, who evaded a defender and chipped a point blank shot over the head of a charging Moura for the game-winning tally.



 Junior midfielder Geoff Sampaio


In what proved to be another heated battle between these two Little East rivals, 35 fouls were called on Saturday, while six yellow cards were handed out. Benches cleared late in the second half as some pushing and shoving escalated into brief melee, resulting in three of the six yellow cards.


Despite being outshot, 11-5, in the first half, Keene State rallied to hold a 25-19 shot advantage over Rhode Island College, which included a 14-7 shot margin in the second half and a 6-1 margin in overtime.


Cheney (3-5) recorded four saves in the win, while Moura (4-3-3) stopped nine shots in a losing effort. Lambert and Sampaio picked up their first collegiate points in the win.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Montclair State on Tuesday, Oct. 8 (7 p.m.).