|Keene State College||Saint Joseph's College|
STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (9-1-3, 4-0 GNAC) and Keene State College (6-4-1, 2-1 LEC) dueled to a 0-0 tie in non-conference men’s soccer action at Westerlea Way Field on Tuesday afternoon.
For the Monks, the best scoring chance came late in the first half as a result of an impressive effort by freshman Quaadir Palmer who had just entered the game as a substitution.
In the 37th minute, with the Owls attempting to clear out of their box, Palmer claimed possession, stayed strong on the ball midst several Keene defenders, and passed off to classmate JoJo Strobino who got off a close range shot that was stopped by junior keeper Jason Smith.
Junior Trevor Lopes corralled the rebound, but Smith, who left his post to challenge the play, denied his shot. Finally, Palmer had a good look at a keeper-free goal, but a Keene defender cleared out his shot.
The Monks also earned a pair of corners in the final minute of regulation, but neither attempt resulted in a shot.
For the Owls, junior Promise Kpeehad several good chances, including a pair of bicycle kick shots, but could not find the back of the net. The visitors’ best chance came in the 109th minute when SJC sophomore goalie Blake Mullen strayed from the goalmouth and junior Aidan Dean let fly an odd-angle shot that trickled wide-left.
Mullen made three saves for the Monks while Smith registered five stops in the shutout effort.