TALENT LEADS TEAM ON THE RISE
Freshmen Bouchard and Carpentier Have
Leslie Crofton, Sports Information Intern
Rarely does a
freshman athlete have an immediate and significant impact on
a varsity collegiate athletic program during his or her very
first month as a member of a team. The Rhode Island College womens
soccer team, who are enjoying one of the most successful fall
campaigns at RIC so far this season, has had not one, but two
freshmen on this years squad do exactly that. Midfielder
Alexis Bouchard (Warren, RI) and goalkeeper Melissa
Carpentier (Woonsocket, RI) have been among those most responsible
for the programs success since the very beginning of the
season and they just keep getting better and better with each
Bouchard is currently
the second highest point scorer on the team, trailing only senior
sensation Kerri Ferreira (Bristol, RI), with
18 points on the season. She and Ferreira are tied for most goals
scored, posting eight goals each. Bouchard is leading the team
in game-winning goals with three to her credit.
currently the number one goaltender in the Little East Conference,
a position that head coach Nicole Barber says, has
never been held by any RIC womens soccer player this late
in the season in the history of the program. Carpentier
has led the Anchorwomen to five shutout victories in eleven games,
making 98 saves while allowing only nine goals.
and Carpentier have remarked on how smoothly their transition
to college life, and more specifically to collegiate athletics,
has gone thanks to the support of their teammates. Everyone
on the team is so good, says Bouchard. We all work
so well together, it was easy to adjust to everyones play.
I played with Allison [Vales] in high school and
am only about a half hour away from home, so that made things
her teammates as well, saying, I have been able to play
as well as I have in goal because of my defense I have
so much confidence in them.
Its a real team effort and I love it, its
so much fun. It has been exciting to start off right away as
duos teammates and coaches think just as highly of them
in return. Coach Barber has nothing but accolades for
the two, saying Alexis has impressed us with her ability
to remain in the game for the entire 90 or 120 minutes and finish
it strong. Whats great about Melissa is that she continues
to get better during literally every practice and game. Theyre
Carpentier are looking forward to what lies ahead for the team,
with Bouchard naming their top goals as going as far as
we can in the tournament and being the number one
Division III team in the state.
The Anchorwomen are currently 7-2-2 overall and 3-0-1
in the Little East Conference.
The best record for any RIC womens soccer squad
in the programs history is the 9-8-1 record posted in 1999,
which the 2001 Anchorwomen should smash this year thanks to Bouchard,
Carpentier, Ferreira and the rest of their teammates.