October 26, 2013

Westport upsets Keene in penalty kicks in 'D' quarters

KEENE — The Keene girls’ soccer team, despite a wide edge in shots, couldn’t find the back of the net Friday afternoon.

And it proved costly.

Sixth-seeded Westport outlasted third-seeded Keene, 2-1, in penalty kicks after the two battled to a scoreless tie through regulation and the overtimes in quarterfinal play.

Keene held a wide 20-4 advantage in shots but wasn’t able to capitalize as Hannah Looby made 12 stops in the Westport nets. Tucker Geiger stopped two shots in the Keene nets.

In the penalty kick shootout, Emily Rascoe and Brendee Russell tallied for the Eagles and Daria Venner for Keene.

“Both teams gave it their all on the field,” Westport coach Brad Rascoe said. “It’s always tough when a game is decided on penalty kicks.”

“This was a hard way to lose for Keene,” Keene coach Brittany Purdy said. “We had a great season, winning Division III and our players need to hold their heads up.

“Westport is a strong team and played a great defensive game. Both teams worked hard.”

Westport 0, Keene 0 (OT)

(Westport wins, 2-1, in penalty kicks)

Westport 0 0 0 0 0 — 0

Keene 0 0 0 0 0 — 0

Shots: Keene 20, Westport 4.

Saves: Geiger, K, 2. Looby, West, 12.



PORT HENRY — It took overtime for the second-seeded Vikings to end the seventh-seeded Warriors’ upset bid.

In fact, Willsboro took a 1-0 lead on Amanda Henrichs’ goal at 11:43 of the second half and held the advantage until Reagan Pratt tied it for Moriah with 6:56 left in regulation.

That set the stage for Caitlin Pelkey’s game-winning goal which came with 8:32 gone in the first overtime.

Katie DeSimone and Jordan Speshock added assists for the Vikings, who held an 18-8 advantage in shots. Lauren Cross made three saves in net.

Stephanie Blanchard turned away 12 shots in the Willsboro nets. The Warriors, led by Bridget Moran and Andrea O’Hara, played a strong game.

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