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September 1, 2010

 

WALKER SPOILS RIC OPENER FOR
SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
Carvalho Scores as RIC Falls, 2-1

Providence, RI-Coast Guard junior forward Anthony Walker (Kansas City, MO) netted two goals, six minutes apart in the first half, as the Bears downed Rhode Island College, 2-1, in the 2010 opener for both clubs.

 

Walker, who also scored the game-winner to defeat RIC, 1-0, a year ago today in the 2009 opener played in New London, got the visitors on the board in the 11th minute. Junior defender Sean Stadig (Davidsonville, MD) sent a pass down the sideline to classmate midfielder Brett Godiksen (Westbrook, CT) who lofted a perfect cross to the streaking Walker who beat a diving RIC sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Hogan (North Providence, RI).

 

He wasn’t done scoring as the Bears continued to pressure the RIC defense. Just 6:23 later, junior defender Anthony Bareno (El Cajon, CA) set up Walker for a header that found the back of the net.

 

 

 Senior midfielder Corey Carvalho

 

The Anchormen didn’t back down and capitalized on a Coast Guard foul, which set up a free kick about 25 yards out in the 22nd minute. Junior midfielder Hector Espildora Fortuno (Malaga, Spain) took the kick and sent it towards the far post. Sophomore forward Mark Butler (Warwick, RI) headed the ball across the front of the net and senior midfielder Corey Carvalho (Dartmouth, MA) banged home his second career goal to pull the hosts within one.

 

The furious and physical action came to an abrupt halt with 12:53 left in the first half as Walker and Hogan collided on a ball lofted into the box. Hogan hit the turf hard and had to be transported off the field in an ambulance. After a 25-minute delay, the two clubs finished off the half with RIC junior Nick Clark (East Bridgewater, MA) in goal.

 

The Bear defense limited the Anchormen’s chances in the second half. Although the hosts outshot the visitors, 17-9, in the game and 10-2 over the final 45 minutes, many of the shots were easily stopped by Coast Guard senior goalkeeper Chris Tarbell (Haddonfield, NJ).

 

Tarbell earned the win (1-0) with nine saves, falling one stop short of double digits. Hogan (0-1) unfortunately was saddled with the loss. Clark did not have to make a save over the final 58 minutes.

 

It was a hard-fought game, which saw Coast Guard (18) and RIC (13) combine for 31 fouls and four yellow cards.

 

"We played a team that was a lot more fit than us,” RIC Head Coach John Mello said afterwards. “They outran us and that's why the result was 2-1. We don't have a lot of depth and it showed today. That hurt us. We're not 90-minute fit by any means.”

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will take part in the Rowan Invitational this Friday and Saturday. The Anchormen will face Berkeley in the opener (8 p.m.) on Friday evening.

 

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