FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

October 30, 2007

 

Rhode Island College Women’s Soccer Score Report:

Providence, R.I.

 

 

1

2

 
FINAL

 

Plymouth State (8-9-0)

2

0

 

2

 
Rhode Island College (10-8-1)
2
1
 
3
 

 

Hummel Lifts Anchorwomen Into Semifinals
Rhode Island College Edges Plymouth State, 3-2

Providence, R.I. — Senior midfielder Abby Hummel (North Kingstown, R.I.) scored the game-winning goal in the 63rd minute to lift fourth-seeded Rhode Island College to a 3-2 victory over fifth-seeded Plymouth State University in the first round of the 2007 Little East Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament this afternoon at the Rhode Island College Soccer Field.  Freshman forward Kristina Haughey (Lincoln, R.I.) paced the Anchorwomen attack with a season-high four points, on a pair of markers.

 

Rhode Island College (10-8-1) advances to the semifinal round for the second straight season. The Anchorwomen will travel to top-seeded Western Connecticut State University (15-2-1) on Thursday, Nov. 1 for a 6 p.m. start. Plymouth State, which entered the match riding a three-game winning streak, completes the campaign with an  8-9-0 mark.  

 

Rhode Island College was able to capitalize on an errant clear by the Plymouth State defense in the 63rd minute. Hummel gathered the attempted clear at the top of the 18-yard box, and tucked a frozen rope under the crossbar and just inside the right post for the game winner. She registered her fourth marker of the season—all of which have resulted in the decisive score.     

 

The Anchorwomen jumped out to an early advantage, scoring two goals in the opening four minutes. Senior midfielder Brittney Godbout (Cranston, R.I.) generated the host’s first scoring opportunity, lofting a crossing pass from the left flank behind the Panther defense and on to the foot of Haughey. Haughey was able to settle the ball and beat the Plymouth State goaltender. Less than two minutes later, senior forward Gina Calenda (Warren, R.I.) bent in a crossing pass from the left flank. Haughey drove the header into the back of the net, staking Rhode Island College to a 2-0 advantage with her fourth goal of the season.

 

Plymouth State responded in the latter minutes of the first frame, stringing together a pair of markers less than six minutes apart. Sophomore midfielder Lauren Lavery (Nashua, N.H.) cut the Panthers’ deficit to one, drilling home a penalty kick in the 31st minute. It was her third goal of the season. The visitors continued to apply the pressure, and were rewarded for their efforts in the 38th minute. Freshman forward Alex Marcell (Pittsford, Vt.) sent a crossing pass from the Rhode Island College goal line, which was redirected by sophomore striker Stacy DiSabato (Manchester, N.H.) for the equalizer. Her sixth goal of the campaign sent both teams into the intermission knotted at 2-2.

 

The Rhode Island College offensive attack picked up the pace in the second stanza, outshooting its guests, 18-5. The Anchorwomen completed the match with a 10-shot advantage (29-19) and held the edge in corner kicks, 6-5.  

 

             Freshman goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, R.I.) earned her seventh victory of the season, reaching double digits in saves with 10. Her counterpart senior Ashley Riberdy (Manchester, N.H.) turned aside seven Anchorwomen offerings.

           

           Earlier in the season, Rhode Island College defeated Plymouth State, 3-2, in Providence. The Anchorwomen sport a 3-0 record against the Panthers in the Little East Conference Tournament since 2002.

 

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