October 14, 2015



Providence, R.I.—Rhode Island College senior forward Gabrielle Turner (Smithfield, RI), junior midfielder Chelsea Combs (Ashford, CT) and freshman forward Brittany DeGrooth (Westerly, RI) each tallied two goals as the Anchorwomen soared past Fitchburg State, 8-2, in non-conference women’s soccer action played at the RIC Soccer Field on Wednesday night.


The Anchorwomen (2-11) jumped out to the early, 1-0, advantage when a tic-tac-toe play between sophomore midfielder Stephanie Ricci (Smithfield, RI) and sophomore defender Lily Medeiros (Attleboro, MA) found a streaking Combs who ripped it home for the 1-0 lead in the eighth minute.


The Falcons (2-11) responded four minutes later with junior forward Victoria Floeck (East Taunton, MA) found the back of the net off a feed from freshman midfielder Madison Medina (Pelham, NH).  



 Senior forward Gabrielle Turner


RIC answered right back, with DeGrooth scoring her first of the game off a feed from Combs in the 13th minute to give the Anchorwomen a lead they would not relinquish. DeGrooth’s second of the night came in the 18th minute to give RIC a 3-1 advantage.


Turner continued the offensive outburst for the Anchorwomen, notching her fourth goal of the season on an assist from DeGrooth in the 22nd minute. The final goal of the half for the Anchorwomen was in the 35th minute when freshman forward Olivia Capraro (North Providence, RI) tallied an unassisted marker to give the Anchorwomen the, 5-1, lead going into the break.


Falcons junior keeper Morgan Steele (Somerset, MA) turned aside three shots in the frame. RIC held a 13-8 edge in shots during the first half.


The Anchorwomen continued the scoring in the second half with Combs netting her second of the game in the 51st minute with an assist going to Turner. RIC would strike again in the 58th minute with Turner tallying her second of the night off assists from Capraro and freshman midfielder Leah Gravel (Johnston, RI). The final RIC tally of the night was scored by freshman forward Morganne Collins (Moosup, CT) in the 66th minute, her first collegiate goal. The Falcons got one back in the 79th minute with sophomore defender Sioban O’Connell (Abington, MA) notching her first of the season.


Haley (1-7) made two saves in the victory. Steele (2-11) and freshman Shelby Gale (Rockport, MA) combined for seven saves in the defeat.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference action when the Anchorwomen host Plymouth State on Saturday, Oct. 17 (1 p.m.).