October 17, 2015



Providence, R.I.—Senior forward Gabrielle Turner (Smithfield, RI) was denied on two quality scoring opportunities late in the game as Rhode Island College fell, 1-0, to Plymouth State in Little East Conference women’s soccer action played at the RIC Soccer Field on Saturday afternoon.


Plymouth State (5-5, 2-3 LEC) got on the board in the third minute and held on for the rest of the game to even its record at .500.


After a throw-in in RIC’s (2-12, 0-5 LEC) defensive zone, PSU junior forward Cassie Lacroix (Candia, NH) and classmate striker Emily Bell (Derry, NH) were able to work the ball to junior midfielder Hannah Kallis (Sanford, ME) in the box. Kallis made a move to get to open space then fired a low shot past RIC freshman goalkeeper Katherine Haley (Hope, RI) for her fourth goal of the year.



 Senior forward Gabrielle Turner


RIC began a furious comeback bid with 15 minutes left in the second half. In the 75th minute, the hosts thought they had tied the game when freshman forward Brittany DeGrooth’s (Westerly, RI) header off a breakaway went in, but the play was ruled offsides.


A minute later, Turner walked in alone from the left side against PSU junior goalkeeper Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, NH). Turner chipped a shot aimed for the top right corner, but Schmidt dove back to her left and made a highlight-reel stop.


With 2:07 remaining, Turner rifled a shot from just outside the top of the box, but it found the crossbar. The carom came right to junior midfielder Chelsea Combs (Ashford, CT), but Schmidt corralled her header. Plymouth State cleared the ball in the ensuing minutes deep into RIC territory to preserve the win.



 Women's soccer alumni were recognized prior
to the start of the game as part of Homecoming 2015.


The Panthers led in shots, 21-18, and corner kicks, 5-2.


Haley made six saves in the loss (1-8). Freshman Stefanie Togbasi (Providence, RI) came in for the final 18 minutes and made three stops. Schmidt made 10 saves to pick up the shutout victory (4-4).


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Curry on Monday, Oct. 19 (7 p.m.).