KEENE N.H.—Needing a victory to solidify its chances of earning a Little East Conference playoff spot, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team fell just shy of a fourth straight shutout of Keene State College when junior defender Maggie Vogt scored the only goal of the match 14 minutes into sudden-death overtime Saturday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex.
Despite struggling against a difficult non-conference schedule, Eastern (4-8-0, 3-2-0) was in position to remain within a half-game of co-leaders Western Connecticut and UMass Boston in the conference, but couldn't break through against Keene (5-7-0, 2-2-0 LEC) junior keeper Abigail Terrincca (five saves) in sustaining its sixth shutout loss of the season.
Eastern's defense continued to dominate the Owls in this series, with Keene's scoreless streak against the Warriors in three straight shutout losses reaching 380 minutes before Vogt ended the match. The Warriors shutout down the Owls with a starting defense of sophomore Olivia Rovalino (Simsbury) and three freshmen: Grace Muller (Johnston, RI), Emily Barata (New Fairfield) and Emily Belval (Southbury).
It was Keene's second straight win after four consecutive 2-1 losses.
Playing in her second career game, first-year junior keeper Alexis Tyrrell (Torrington) kept the game scoreless through 103 minutes. She made seven saves, with Terrinca stopping five shots.
In the second overtime, Vogt converted a free kick from 25 yards into the top right corner of the net. The Owls pick up back to back shutouts after defeating Framingham State 8-0 this past Wednesday. KSC started the first ten games of the season allowing at least one goal in every contest.
Eastern hosts defending LEC regular-season and playoff champion Western Connecticut Wednesday at 3 p.m.