FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

October 25, 2003

Men’s Soccer Score Report:

Providence, RI

   

1

2

 

Final

 

Keene State College (11-5-1, 3-1-1)

2

1

 

3

 

Rhode Island College (11-5, 5-1)

1

1

 

2

 
 

GOALS: KSC, Jason Lombardo, 34:52; KSC, John Harke (Casey Banks, Jimmy Hogan), 41:23; RIC, Kyle Teixeira, 42:04; RIC, Joe Mackinnon (Kyle Teixeira), 49:12; KSC, Jason Lombardo (John Harke), 53:19.

 

SAVES: KSC, Brandon Beck (2); RIC, Jason Nelson (11).

 

TOTAL SHOTS: KSC (22); RIC (13).

 

RIC FALLS SHORT OF UPSET BID

Providence, RI—The Rhode Island College Anchormen dropped a close battle, 3-2, in its final regular-season home contest of the year to the Keene State College Owls. In a hard fought game that included a combined 49 fouls, the Owls, ranked ninth in this week’s NSCAA New England Top-Ten Poll, scored a goal in the 53rd minute by junior forward Jason Lombardo (Woburn, MA) and held on to defeat the Anchormen.

 

Keene State’s Lombardo opened the scoring in the first half in the 34th minute when he scored on a penalty kick. Just seven minutes later, the Owls extended their lead with a goal from junior midfielder John Harke (Leeds, MA). Harke took an indirect kick, which was first touched by two Owls, and beat RIC junior goalkeeper Jason Nelson (Pascoag, RI).

 

With things going the Owls’ way, the Anchormen caught a break when sophomore forward Kyle Teixeira (Warren, RI) was fouled in the box resulting in a penalty kick which he put past Keene State junior goalkeeper Brandon Beck (Johnston, NY), bringing the home team within one goal. That one-goal margin quickly disappeared in the second half when, in the 49th minute, Teixeira broke down the left side of the field, appeared to prepare to shoot, but instead passed the ball to sophomore midfielder Joe Mackinnon (Exeter, RI) who shot the ball into a wide open net. The momentum, seized by RIC, would be taken back by Keene State who scored just four minutes after the Anchormen tied the game. Keene State’s Lombardo scored what proved to be the game-winner, his second goal of the game, when he took a cross by Harke and headed it into the net past a diving Nelson. RIC kept pushing forward, attempting to tie, but in the end it was Keene State taking home the one goal victory.

 

RIC’s Nelson made 11 saves in defeat, while his counterpart, Beck, made two stops in the victory.

 

In upcoming action, RIC will travel to Worcester State on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

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