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September 28, 2010

 

SMITH & GRAHAM HELP RIC KNOCK OUT THOMAS COLLEGE, 6-1
Anchorwomen Stop Two-Game Losing Skid & Pick Up Sixth Win

Waterville, ME-Junior forward Alexis Smith (Wakefield, RI) scored her second hat trick of the season, while freshman midfielder Jessica Graham (Wakefield, RI) also notched six points with a pair of goals and two assists, as the Rhode Island College women’s soccer team spoiled Thomas College’s home opener with a 6-1 victory.

 

 

 Junior forward Alexis Smith

 

The Anchorwomen (6-2) stop a mini two-game losing streak with the win as they outshot their hosts, 34-8. Freshman goalkeeper Abygayle Fisher (Exeter, NH) made four saves as she earned her first collegiate win (1-0). The Terriers (1-7), who stopped a six-game slide with a win in their last game, drop back into the loss column.

 

 

 Freshman goalkeeper Abygayle Fisher

 

The first half was a defensive struggle until the 45th minute when Graham put RIC on top with her third goal of the year on a pass by freshman midfielder Melanie Goes (East Providence, RI).

 

RIC quickly put the game out of reach in the second half, erupting for four goals in a 12:19 span starting in the 58th minute. Graham set up junior striker Ashley Choiniere (Hope, RI) for what proved to be the game-winner, then assisted on Smith’s goal just over five minutes later.

 

 

 Freshman midfielder Jessica Graham

 

Smith would find the back of the net two more times and Choiniere added a marker of her own as RIC easily picked up the win. Smith, who has eight goals on the year, has two hat tricks to her credit this fall.

 

Kim Migliara (Mastic, NY) would score the only goal for Thomas on a penalty kick after she was taken down in the box in the 70th minute.

 

RIC senior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, RI) played the final 15 minutes and made one stop. Thomas freshman goalkeeper Kate Thibodeau (Woolwich, ME) made 17 saves in the loss.

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference action as it hosts Keene State on Saturday, Oct. 2.

 

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