October 20, 2007


Rhode Island College Menís Soccer Score Report:

Willimantic, CT







Rhode Island College (7-7-2, 3-2-1)





Eastern Connecticut (8-6-2, 4-1-1)


Neves Stops Seven in LEC Loss

Willimantic, CT Ė Rhode Island College lost for the second straight game and suffered its fourth defeat in the clubís last five games as Eastern Connecticut downed the Anchormen, 1-0, in collegiate menís soccer action on Saturday afternoon. The Anchormen fall to 7-7-2 overall and 3-2-1 in the Little East Conference with two games left to play in the regular season. The Warriors improve to 8-6-2 overall and capture sole possession on second place in the LEC with a 4-1-1 mark.


It was a low-scoring affair as Eastern Connecticut edged RIC, 13-8, in shots on the day. ECSU sophomore midfielder Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) netted his sixth goal, and fourth game-winner, in the 43rd minute, off of junior back Kyle Bediniís (Manchester, CT) free kick.


Rhode Island College senior goalkeeper Jadon Neves (Warren, RI) made seven saves as his record falls to 3-5-1. ECSU senior goalkeeper Jay Barney (Mansfield, CT) made five saves to record his 19th career shutout. Since allowing four goals in 60 minutes to Rhode Island College in his freshman season, Barney has posted 290 consecutive shutout minutes against the Anchormen. In last yearís regular-season finale,  Barney made a season-high 12 saves in a scoreless 110-minute duel at Providence.


 Barney needed one outstanding save to net the shutout. In the second half, he timed his leap perfectly to punch a shot over the crossbar and preserve Easternís 1-0 advantage. The Anchormen managed to put only five of their eight shots on net against Barney, three in the first half and two in the second.


Borettiís winning strike came just seven minutes after he knocked a header off a crossing pass from Boisvert just over the crossbar. They were his only two shots of the match.


 Eastern had three outstanding chances to score in the opening minutes of the match, but Rhode Island senior keeper Jadon Neves made saves on all three against Easternís top scorers. Junior forward Rukevwe Ehwarieme (Norwich) sandwiched two prime chances around one by sophomore forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford), but Neves came up big on all three bids.


 Rhode Island played the final 8:23 a man down after freshman Miguel Sagastume (Providence, RI) was sent off for rough play as the teamís were preparing for a Rhode Island free kick.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host No. 2 Amherst on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. Eastern Connecticut will host Fitchburg State on Thursday, Oct. 25.