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Cailla Prisco

Sports Editor

The Keene State men’s soccer team narrowly lost 2-1 in double overtime to Western Connecticut State University in the LEC tournament final.

Keene state sophomore Connor Downey scored the first goal of the game with an assist from sophomore Emmanuel Smith with 10 minutes left in the first half.

The Owls were leading the game 1-0 for the majority of the game, but the Colonials found the back of the net near the eightieth minute mark which tied the game 1-1 and brought it into overtime.

According to Keene State athletics, “The Owls were bidding for their seventh LEC tournament title, having last won it in 2010 where they also won in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2006.”

Sunday’s game was also the fourth time in program history that Keene State had gone to overtime in the LEC title game, having defeated Plymouth State in overtime in 1999, and fallen to Western Connecticut State in 2003 and UMass Boston in 2014.

The Owls had two players, sophomore and captain Isaiah Lovering and First-year Wesley McIntosh, awarded second team all-conference.

The Keene State team will lose two seniors next season, captain Jacob Chiza and captain Samuel Binigono.

The Owls finish their season with a record of 12-5-0 after losing in the finals.

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