RIC Whitewashes Westfield State, 5-0
Montoya Registers a Season-High Five Points in Win

Providence, RI—Junior midfielder Julian Montoya (North Providence, RI) scored a season-high five points, including a pair of goals, as the Rhode Island College men’s soccer team overpowered Westfield State College, 5-0, this evening at the RIC Soccer Field. Freshman midfielder Jose Talavera (Providence, RI) also netted two markers as the Anchormen raised their overall record to 8-5, while the Owls fell to 8-6.


Despite heavy showers throughout the match, the RIC offensive attack generated its highest goal total of the season. The Anchormen opened the scoring in the ninth minute, when Montoya unleashed a shot from the top right corner of the 18-yard box. Junior netminder Mark Tiffany (Easthampton, MA) stopped the initial shot, but could not control the carom. Talavera raced onto the loose ball and deposited it into the empty net. RIC increased its lead in the 29th minute, when Montoya displayed some crafty footwork in the 18-yard box before scoring his first of two goals on the evening. The Anchormen took a 2-0 lead into the intermission. 


Less than three minutes into the second stanza, Talavera recorded his fifth goal of the season off a rebound from junior forward Jimmy Hernandez (Providence, RI). Montoya and sophomore forward Dan Rodrigues (Cumberland, RI) sealed the victory with insurance goals in the 60th and 87th minutes, respectively. It was Rodrigues’ first goal of the campaign.


Between the posts, junior goalie Jadon Neves (Warren, RI) made nine saves to even his record at 5-5.  Tiffany stopped six shots before giving way to freshman Lucas Dexter (Acushnet, MA), who made two saves in just over 25 minutes.


In upcoming action, RIC will host Little East Conference rival Plymouth State on Saturday, Oct. 21 at noon.