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October 26, 2011

 

ESPILDORA FORTUNO'S HAT TRICK POWERS ANCHORMEN TO OVERTIME WIN
RIC Comes Back From Two Goals Down to Defeat Wildcats, 4-3

Providence, R.I.-Senior midfielder Hector Espildora Fortuno (Malaga, Spain) scored a hat trick to lead the Rhode Island College to a 4-3 overtime victory against Johnson & Wales in a non-conference menís soccer contest played at Pierce Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Senior Adam Shafer (Corning, NY) put JWU on the board early when he tallied his first goal of the season, putting in a pass from junior Alex Buendo (East Longmeadow, MA) just 3:40 into the game. The Wildcats extended their lead to 2-0 in the 18th minute after freshman OíKyle Corridon (Selden, NY) fed a lead pass to fellow rookie Dustin Hughes (Holden, MA). Hughes then found a streaking Ray Durski (Monroe, MA) who buried the shot into the back of the net. 

 

 

 Senior midfielder Hector Espildora Fortuno

 

Rhode Island College responded at the 22:13 mark when senior forward Bruno Costa (Pawtucket, RI) scored on a pass from junior defender Tucker Shepard (Tiverton, RI) to cut the lead to 2-1. The two teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the half before JWU scored again in the last minute of the stanza when Shafer notched his second goal of the game, heading in a crossing pass from freshman Kyle Metz (St. James, NY) to give the Wildcats the 3-1 lead heading into halftime.

 

In the second half, it was all Rhode Island College as Fortuno scored his first goal of the game on a penalty kick to make the score 3-2 at the 61:25 mark. Fortuno struck again in the 76th minute as he notched an unassisted goal after splitting a pair of JWU defenders to knot the game at 3-3. Regulation ended in a deadlock with RIC holding an 18-13 advantage in shots for the game. 

 

In the overtime period, both teams had solid chances before Fortuno capped off his hat trick after he headed in a cross from freshman defender Patrick LaRoche (Gardner, MA) at the 98:18 mark to give RIC the 4-3 victory.

 

Freshman Ryan Dzierawski (Oakland, MI) notched six saves in the setback for JWU while senior Nick Clark (East Bridgewater, MA) notched three stops in the win for RIC.

 

The Anchormen improve to 10-7 on the year, marking the eighth time in the past 10 years RIC has reached double digits in wins. The Wildcats wrap up the season with a 5-11-2 record.

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Southern Maine in the regular season finale on Saturday, Oct. 29 (1 p.m.).

 

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