KEENE, N.H. -- Junior Katie Bradford (Lebanon, N.H.) had two goals and an assist to lead Keene State College to a 4-1 win over the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference women's soccer match Saturday at the Owls Athletic Complex. With the victory, the Owls claimed their first LEC regular season championship since 2004.
The Owls, unbeaten in their last three matches, completed the regular season 13-5-2 overall and 6-0-1 in conference play. The Owls will be the top seed and receive a first round bye in next week's LEC championship tournament.
The Huskies finish the regular season 4-14-0 overall and 2-5-0 in the LEC. The Huskies are the fifth seed in the tournament and will travel to fourth-seeded Western Connecticut State University on Tuesday for a first round match. The winner of that match plays Keene State in a semifinal round match on Thursday.
Bradford tallied once in each half and now has a team-leading 13 goals. She converted an assist from rookie Joan Hamel (Weare, N.H./John Stark Regional) in the 23rd minute for her first goal, and added an unassisted tally in the 64th minute. Bradford picked up an assist on the Owls' final goal, also scored in the 64th minute, by sophomore Sia Karmoutopoulos (Fremont, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas).
Hamel gave the Owls the lead in the seventh minute finishing off a pass from senior Molly Brunelle (Walpole, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional).
Freshman Catherine Wise (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cheverus) had the lone Southern Maine goal in the 76th minute. The tally was the sixth of the season for Wise.
USM senior goalkeeper Alison Bradley (Auckland, New Zealand) was busy making seven saves. Keene State had a 21-1 advantage in shots and piled up an 11-1 margin in corner kicks. Senior keeper Samantha Hirsh (Holliston, Mass.) did not record a save for Keene State.