Keene State Downs Men's Soccer in Conference Opener

KEENE, N.H. – With a pair of goals in the first half and one in the third the host Owls of Keene State College (4-2, 1-0 Little East) handed men's soccer (2-3-1, 0-1 Little East) their first conference loss by the final of 3-1 Saturday afternoon in the Little East Conference opener for both squads. 

The Beacons who are coming off a huge come-from-behind non-conference win over Fitchburg State on Thursday, were looking to get their conference schedule off to a great start by upsetting one of the top teams in the LEC.

It was not until the 24th minute of the opening half that a goal was scored, unfortunately that first score would belong to the Owls.  However UMass bounced right back six minutes later when junior Stefanos Galouzis (Watertown, Mass.) drove home his second goal of the year. 

Galouzis, who is the reigning Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year, was set-up by midfielder Kelvin Martinez (Boston, Mass.) on his first assist of 2012.

Unfortunately the game would remain tied at 1-1 for just eight minutes as the Owls retook control of the scoreboard on a Rushane Kelley score.  The half would end with Keene holding the one goal advantage over the Beacons.  In the second half a penalty kick for the Owls sealed the conference victory. 

Despite the two goal difference, the Beacons led the contest in shots with 17 and corner kicks with seven.  Keene State posted 12 shots and five corner kicks.  In goal Bryce Menard (Randolph, Mass.) made a combined three saves in his first conference game.

Men's Soccer returns to action on Wednesday when they host Salem State University at 3:30 p.m.