October 22, 2008




RIC Remains Unbeaten at Home


Providence, RIóThe Rhode Island College menís soccer team scored four unanswered goals en route to a 4-1 win over Westfield State at the RIC Soccer Field on Wednesday afternoon.




The Anchormen raise their unbeaten home mark to 6-0-2 and their overall record to 9-4-3. The Owls suffer their fifth straight game without a win and fall to 5-7-2 on the season.




Rhode Island College jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 5:41 into the game as junior forward Dan Rodrigues (Cumberland, RI) collected a loose ball after Westfield State senior goalkeeper Mike Thompson (Feeding Hills, MA) collided with one of his defenders. Rodrigues calmly secured the ball and shot it into the open net for his third tally of the year.


Sophomore forward Joel Garcia (Denton, TX) scored his first collegiate goal, which proved to be the game-winner, with 29 seconds left in the first half. Sophomore midfielder Mike Diogo (Bristol, RI) took a corner kick that was tipped by sophomore midfielder Louis Tavares (East Providence, RI) and then by Garcia.


Sophomore Midfielder Joel Garcia


Sophomore midfielder Adam Philbin (Cumberland, RI) sealed the game with an assist and goal early in the second half. Philbin broke down the wing, took the ball to the goal line and crossed it out front to senior midfielder Brandon Migliore (Coventry, RI) who drilled the ball past WSC junior netminder Lucas Dexter (Acushnet, MA) in the 47th minute. Philbin then took a pass from sophomore midfielder Jason Garcia (Providence, RI), split two defenders and fired a shot past Dexter to put RIC up, 4-0, in the 48th minute.


It looked like Rhode Island College would secure its ninth shuout win of the season, but with most of the reserves in, Westfield State freshman midfielder Sam LaBonte (Westhampton, MA) scored his third goal of the year in the 79th minute, finding the back of the net after a scramble in the box.


RIC junior goalkeeper Cory Rocha (Riverside, RI) made seven saves to even his record at 2-2. Thompson took the loss (3-6-2) with two saves. Dexter made two stops in the final 45 minutes.


Junior Goalkeeper Cory Rocha


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play a pivotal Little East Conference game at home against No. 13 Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Oct. 25. Both clubs are unbeaten in league action.