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September 11, 2010

 

SMITH’S HAT TRICK POWERS RIC PAST MITCHELL
Anchorwomen Pound Mariners With 29 Shots En Route  To, 4-0, Victory

Providence, RI-Junior forward Alexis Smith (Wakefield, RI) scored three goals in a 5:08 span to help lead the Rhode Island College women’s soccer team to a 4-0 shutout win over Mitchell in the Anchorwomen’s home opener.

 

Smith accounted for 12 of the team’s 29 shots on the day as RIC (2-0) wins its first two games for the first time since 2006. The Mariners (2-1) suffer their first setback of the year.

 

Junior forward Alexis Smith

 

The pace went back and forth over the first 10 minutes as both clubs had quality chances. Mitchell freshman goalkeeper Kaylee Woodford (Niantic, CT) made some brilliant stops on Smith from point blank range. Mitchell freshman striker Caley McClendon (Keene, NH), the visitors’ leading scorer coming into today’s action, broke in on two occasions, but wasn’t able to get much on her shots.

 

The game changed in the 29th minute as freshman midfielder Mariah Gonzalez (Harrisville, RI) broke in from the wing. The Mitchell defense broke up the play, but the ball eventually found its way on to Smith’s foot and she buried her third goal of the year from 10 yards out.

 

Junior Ashley Choiniere (Hope, RI) crossed the ball to Smith in the 33rd minute for another quick strike and sophomore midfielder Libby Lazar (Wakefield, RI) split the defense with a pass from 30 yards out to Smith who walked in for the hat trick just over a minute later.

 

Senior defender Alicia Lardaro (Peace Dale, RI) lofted a perfect pass to send in freshman forward Stephanie Goetz (Pascoag, RI) on a breakaway, which she converted for her first collegiate goal in the 37th minute.

 

 

 Freshman forward Stephanie Goetz

 

Senior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, RI) was solid in net, making five saves, to earn the win (2-0). Pirri gave way to freshman Abygayle Fisher (Exeter, NH) for the final 24 minutes as the pair combined to post the shutout. Woodford (2-1) was forced to make 12 saves in a losing effort.

 

“Alexis is a thoroughbred scorer, which we haven’t had the benefit of having on the roster the past two years,” RIC Head Coach Mike Koperda said afterwards. “Not only did we finish, but I was pleased at how our midfield played to keep up the pressure. Overall it was a great team effort.”

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Salve Regina on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

 

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