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November 5, 2002

 

RIC Womenís Soccer Wins First-Ever
Little East Conference Tournament Game

 

Providence, RIóThe Rhode Island College womenís soccer team won their first-ever Little East Conference Tournament game with a dramatic 2-1 double-overtime victory over Plymouth State College on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

 

Junior defender Malissa Holden (Warwick, RI) scored both goals to lift fifth-seeded RIC past the fourth-seeded Panthers. Holden opened the gameís scoring in the 56th minute and then ended the contest in the 109th minute. Both goals were on direct kicks.

 

With just 1:40 remaining in the second overtime period when Holden scored, the two clubs would have been forced to shoot penalty kicks to decide the winner had the game ended in a tie. RIC sophomore goalkeeper Melissa Carpentier (Woonsocket, RI) made eight saves to preserve the win.

 

Head Coach Ryan Angelís team advances to face top-seeded Keene State College on Thursday, Nov. 7. The Owls will host the Anchorwomen and the game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

 

It was the first post-season victory of any kind for the womenís soccer program, which began play in 1995. The Anchorwomen improve to 1-2 all-time in LEC Tournament competition. RIC, which had never beaten Plymouth State previously, improves to 1-9-1 all-time against the Panthers. RIC had been eliminated by PSC in each of the previous two LEC Tournaments (2001, 2000) it saw action in.

 

Womenís Soccer Score Report:

2002 Little East Conference Tournament First Round

Plymouth, NH

   

1

2

1OT

2OT

Final

Rhode Island College (7-9-2)

0

1

0

1

2

Plymouth State College (5-11-1)

0

1

0

0

1

 

GOALS: RIC, Malissa Holden (unassisted), 55:29; PSC, Melissa Erwin (Sandra Petlick), 61:13; RIC, Malissa Holden (unassisted), 108:20.

 

SAVES: RIC, Melissa Carpentier (8); PSC, Hayley Quinones (5).

 

TOTAL SHOTS: RIC (10); PSC (14).

 

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