FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

September 17, 2016

 

ELENI GRAMMAS SCORES TWICE AS
ANCHORWOMEN OPEN LITTLE EAST PLAY WITH WIN

Providence, R.I.-Sophomore forward Eleni Grammas (Cranston, RI) scored twice to lead the Rhode Island College women’s soccer team past Southern Maine, 2-1, in the Little East Conference opener for both clubs at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon.

 

The Anchorwomen (2-3, 1-0 LEC) dominated the first half of play, outshooting the visitors, 12-4, over the first 45 minutes. Southern Maine (3-3, 0-1 LEC) sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, MA) turned aside six RIC shots in the half, but Grammas broke through in the 36th minute with her second of the season. The Huskies inadvertently headed the ball at midfield back towards their own goal. Grammas raced past the defense and chipped the ball past Canastra for the opening strike.

 

 

 Sophomore forward Eleni Grammas

 

RIC took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but Southern Maine put the pressure on in the second half, outshooting the hosts, 10-9, over the final 45 minutes. USM equaled the score, 1-1, in the 63rd minute when senior midfielder Hana McNally (Burlington City, NJ) feathered a nice through pass to junior midfielder Jessica Preble (Milo, ME). Preble froze RIC freshman goalkeeper Amber-Marie Francois (Warwick, RI) and notched her third goal of the year.

 

The hosts battled back and after the Huskies’ defense stopped a RIC attempt at the top of the 18-yard box, the ball found Grammas who wheeled and fired a shot over Canastra and in for what proved to be the game-winning goal.

 

RIC finished the game with a 21-14 advantage in shots and led, 7-1, in corner kicks.

 

Francois made six saves in the win (2-3), while Canastra stopped 11 in the loss (3-3).

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Framingham State on Wednesday, Feb. 21 (6 p.m.).

 

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