KEENE , N.H. 9/10/13 — Keene State College got goals from four different players and sophomore goalie Chloe Audesse (Gofftstown, N.H.) came up huge in net, making a career high 10 saves, including a stop on a penalty stroke, in a 4-1 non-conference field hockey victory over Williams College at Owl Athletic Complex on Tuesday.
Keene State (4-0), which has allowed just two goals in its first four games, remains undefeated. Williams College (0-2) is still looking for its first win of the season.
The Owls didn’t waste any time getting on the board. Junior Melissa Habelow (Belmont, Mass.) gave KSC a 1-0 lead at the 2:06 mark of the first half when her drive off a corner play snuck into the corner of the net.
Both goalies came up with big saves throughout the first half. Ephs senior goalie Ariana Spilotes (Bethesda, Md.) stopped consecutive shots off the sticks of sophomores Haylie Dolan (West Brookfield, Mass.) and Lyndsie Rabenius (North Hampton, N.H.) and Audesse denied shots by sophomore Annie VanWagenen (Rye, N.Y.) and junior Katie Jolin (Guilford, Conn.) to keep it a one goal game.
Freshman Kayla Renaud (Somers, Conn.) gave KSC a 2-0 lead with her first collegiate goal at the 20:08 mark of the half.
Taking a lead pass from Bella Robinson (Cape Elizabeth, Me.), freshman Sami Smith (Merrimack, N.H.) netted her team-leading sixth goal of the game to make it a 3-0 game.
Audesse lost her shutout bid at the 50:20 mark of the second half when VanWagenen scored on a corner to cut the Owls’ lead to 3-1.
Keene State’s designated penalty stroke keeper last season, Audesse showed she hadn’t lost the touch. She stopped a rising penalty stoke shot from Jolin two minutes later enabling the Owls to maintain their two goal advantage.
Audesse said the game was intense. “I went in there expecting a lot of shots, but I didn’t let it get to me,” she said.
“I was definitely scared, but I’m used to them,” said Audesse about her save on the penalty stroke.
“Chloe played well. All our goalies are working hard and pushing each other daily,” said KSC Coach Amy Watson.
Dolan, who finished the game with a goal and two assists, completed the scoring when she scored on a rebound at the 56:29 mark. “It’s really exciting when we can have a lot of corners in a game because we look at it as a great opportunity to score,” said Dolan. “It doesn’t matter who gets it. We just want to score”
“Corners can be the breaking point of a game. You got to be able to execute them,” said Watson.
Keene State outshot Williams 23-16 in a game that featured a combined 25 corners (KSC 14, Williams 11).
Both goalies were kept busy all games. Spilotes finished the game with 15 saves for the Ephs.
Keene State hosts Springfield College on Thursday (6 p.m.).