On Thursday September 1, the Keene State Owl’s field hockey team took on Colby-Sawyer’s Chargers. KSC senior Sami Smith scored twice within the first five minutes. “It was a good first game for us, everyone got to get in and show the coaches what they can do,” Smith said.
She continued, “We had scoring from multiple players, which is always helpful.”
First year Jensyn Dandeneau got herself on the board in the second half, alongside Smith who scored her third goal. Smith now sits in fourth place in KSC history with a total of 134 points.
Fellow senior Kayla Renaud also had back-to-back goals in the second half. Sophomore Erica Stauffer had the final goal of the game, ending in a shutout 7-0.
On Saturday September 3, the Owls fell short as they took a loss against University of New England.
It wasn’t until 20 minutes in that University of New England’s Marge Gardiner made the first goal. The Owls offense was having a tough time getting anything going, failing to score in the first half. With almost no time on the clock, University of New England’s Kersey Boulay doubled their score, ending in 2-0 by halftime.
Less than two minutes into the second half, University of New England’s Nicole Matarozzo led the Nor’Easters to a 3-0 lead. Just four minutes later, Matarozzo made an assist to Hannah Buckley, making the score 4-0.
The Owls kept their heads up and broke the shutout with less than eight minutes to spare. Senior Brittney Cardente sent it to the net, and with three minutes left, Smith assisted sophomore Julia Babbitt, ending in a score of 4-2.
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