Anchorwomen Lose for the Third Time in Four Games

Providence, RI—Junior back Kristin Pellegrinelli (Hopewell Jct., NY) came off the bench and netted the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute to lift Westfield State College to a 3-2 double overtime victory over Rhode Island College. The Owls improve to 7-7-1 overall, while the Anchorwomen fall to 12-4. The Anchorwomen have lost three of their last four games.


Despite dodging an early Owls attack, the Anchorwomen were in control for most of the first half. Junior midfielder Abby Hummel (North Kingstown, RI) scored twice in less than two minutes to give RIC a 2-0 advantage. Hummel scored off a junior midfielder Krista MacKinnon (Exeter, RI) free kick in the 21st minute, then headed in a MacKinnon corner kick in the 23rd minute.


Freshman midfielder Megan Gearin (Groton, MA), Westfield State’s leading scorer, converted a freshman back Ashley Szczebak (Feeding Hills, MA) pass into a goal after a scramble in the box, which cut the deficit to one goal at the half.


The Owls put a lot of pressure on the Anchorwomen for much of the second half and it paid off when sophomore forward Jenn Pagnoni (Holyoke, MA) took a pass from senior forward Erin Lowney (Westport, MA) and shot the ball into an open net after a RIC defensive miscue.


RIC senior forward Erika Haaland (North Dartmouth, MA) and WSC senior back Emily Johnson (East Longmeadow, MA) were both issued red cards and ejected in the 88th minute, forcing both clubs to play with only ten players the remainder of the game.


The Owls and Anchorwomen played a scoreless first overtime period and for the initial two minutes of the second extra session. Westfield State senior forward Kate McMillan (Belchertown, MA) broke down the wing and Rhode Island College freshman goalkeeper Kendra DeGiulio (Warwick, RI) came out of the net to try and break up the play. McMillan calmly crossed the ball to Pellegrinelli who was trailing the play and buried the shot into the open net.


DeGiulio made nine saves in a losing effort as her record falls to 1-1. Westfield State senior goalkeeper Natalia Araszkiewicz (Framingham, MA) made six saves as her record improves to 7-6-1.


In upcoming action, RIC will play at Plymouth State on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m.