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Claire Boughton

Senior Sports Reporter

On September 11, a crowd gathered under the floodlights of the Owl Athletic Complex to watch the Keene State College Men’s Soccer team go head-to-head against the defending Division III National Champions, the Tufts University Jumbos.

The Owls home-opener kicked off at 7 pm with the Owls sporting a three game win streak.

Three minutes into the first half, Tufts junior Travis Van Brewer sunk one into the back of the net for the Jumbos. After the goal, the Owls and the Jumbos reached a stalemate, with neither team scoring for the rest of the half.

The Keene Owls came back strong in the second half, transfer first-year James McCully scoring the Owls’ first goal of the night with an assist from first-year Noah Spaulding.

After Keene’s first goal, Keene State first-year Declan Coughlin went down on the field, causing the clock to pause while the athletic trainer ran out to look at him. Coughlin was carried off the field by two teammates shortly after and did not play for the rest of the game.

Keene State sophomore Benny Tamzarian went down mid-play several minutes after Coughlin and was also carried off the field by teammates.

Keene held strong against Tufts for the majority of the second half, however with only nine minutes left, the Jumbos junior midfielder Alex Ratzan rebounded the ball off of the Keene goalie, Anthony Pasciuto’s, save. Shortly after the tie breaking score, Ratzan had another strong play and scored his second goal of the game off another rebound.

Final score was 3 to 1 with Tufts taking the win.

Keene State Owls’ next home game is on September 21, kickoff at 3 pm. Come out and show your Owl pride!

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