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October 9, 2013

Beavers tighten Div. III standings, beat Mountaineers

KEENE — Liza Amirault and Fie Tims provided the offense, scoring one goal each, in Keene’s 2-0 blanking of previously unbeaten Minerva/Newcomb in girls’ Northern Soccer League play Tuesday.

Amirault helped the Beavers (9-1-1) get on the board with just 1:35 remaining in the first half.

After no scoring for the next 10 minutes and five seconds, Tims extended Keene’s lead to two goals with a tally of her own at 9:30 of the second half. Sara Francino was credited with the assist.

Keene maintained its two-goal lead with the help of goalkeeper Tucker Geiger. Geiger made six stops between in the pipes in her shutout performance.

Beavers coach Brittany Purdy, though, was pleased with the play of her defenders.

“Bailey VanNess and Elaina Smith did a great job staying with Makenzie Winslow,” Purdy said. “Minerva/Newcomb is a very strong team. Keene should be proud with the way it played.”

Astasia Myler suffered the loss, making six saves in net for the Mountaineers (8-1-1).

Keene 2, Minerva/Newcomb 0

Minerva/Newcomb 0 0 — 0

Keene 1 1 — 2

First half- 1, K, Amirault, 38:25.

Second half- 2, K, Tims (Francino), 9:30.

Shots: Keene 9, Minerva-Newcomb 6.

Saves: Tu. Geiger, K, 6. Myler, M/N, 6.

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Beekmantown 2, AuSable Valley 1 (OT)

CLINTONVILLE — Kiley Regan broke a 1-1 tie with just 18 seconds left in the second overtime to give the Eagles a win.

“Great, back-and-forth game with chances from both sides,” AuSable Valley coach Bruce Bourgeois said.

Beekmantown pulled ahead in the middle of the second half when Lindsey Gonyea chipped in a shot. Madison Rondeau tied it up with 3:35 left in regulation on a cross from Rachel Knapp.

After a scoreless first overtime, Regan scored the winner with an assist from Kallie Villemaire.

Lauren O’Connor made 10 saves for the win.

The Patriots’ Bryce Douglass also had 10 stops, and Briana Savage did a great job defending Villemaire. Taylor Saltus and Meghan Strong, both returning from injuries, put pressure on in Beekmantown’s defensive end.

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