Providence, R.I.—Junior goalkeeper Charlie Tashjian (West Warwick, RI) made six saves as No.3-seeded Rhode Island College fell at No.2-seeded Keene State College, 1-0, in the semifinals of the 2019 Little East Men's Soccer Championship played at the Owl Athletic Complex on Friday evening.
Keene State College 1, Rhode Island College 0
Keene State College (14-6-0)
Rhode Island College (10-7-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• The Owls advance to play top-seeded Eastern Connecticut in the finals on Sunday, Nov. 10.
• The first half was controlled by the hosts for virtually the entire period. KSC finished the first half with an advantage in shots, 9-1, and in corner kicks, 7-3.
• The Owls junior defender Isaiah Lovering (Henniker, NH) was given a yellow card after a hard foul in the 22nd minute of action.
• The Anchormen were able to keep it a scoreless game during the first half with the strong play of their defense.
• RIC saw more opportunities offensively during the second half. Each club had six shots in the second half and three corner kicks. Tashjian made four of his six saves in the second half to keep RIC in the game.
• Each team was assessed a yellow card in the 51st minute. RIC senior midfielder Kevin Tay Munoz (Providence, RI) received a yellow card at 50:51 and Keene State junior midfielder LJ Luster (Colchester, CT) was carded at 50:37.
• The Owls broke the scoreless tie in the 56th minute when a free kick deflected off a RIC player and into the net for what would stand as the game-winning goal.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Tashjian made six saves in the loss (9-7-2).
• KSC sophomore goalkeeper Nate Howard (Manchester, CT) made five saves in the win (3-0).
• KSC led in total shots, 15-7, and held the advantage in corner kicks, 7-3. RIC ended the game with 11 fouls and the Owls totaled 22.