October 29, 2008




Providence, RI – Salem State senior midfielder Keira Lyons (Salem, MA) scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 77th minute, to lead the Lady Vikings past Rhode Island College, 3-2, in collegiate women’s soccer action at the RIC Soccer Field on Wednesday afternoon.


Salem State saw an early, 2-0, advantage evaporate under constant Anchorwomen pressure in the second half. Lyons took a sophomore midfielder Erin O’Brien (Hanson, MA) pass in the box and beat RIC sophomore goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, RI) to the far post for the decisive marker.


The Lady Vikings snap a two-game losing streak with the win and raise their record to 12-3-1 on the season. The Anchorwomen who put forth a solid effort in the loss, see their record fall to 1-16-1.


It didn’t take long for the Lady Vikings long to crack the scoring column in the opening minutes, netting two markers in the first 5:03 of the game. Lyons walked in the second minute off an O’Brien pass and beat Pirri to the far side of the net for the game’s opening score.


In the sixth minute, Salem State sophomore forward Taylor Orlando (Danvers, MA) fired a shot from 15 yards out that went in just under the crossbar.


The Anchorwomen cut the deficit to one goal in the 34th minute. After a Lady Viking foul, Rhode Island College junior midfielder Christina Tavana (Middletown, CT) scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season on a direct kick from 20 yards out.


RIC continued to battle back in the second half and finally broke through with the equalizer in the 66th minute. Less than a minute after Salem State hit the post, senior midfielder Kayla Fleming (Pawtucket, RI) took a crossing pass from sophomore midfielder Chelsea Creamer (Coventry, RI) and fired  a shot from 10-yards out to tie the game, 2-2.


Senior Forward Kayla Fleming


Salem State freshman goalkeeper Leah Potcner (Wilmington, MA) made 10 saves to raise her record to 12-3-1. Pirri made six stops as her record falls to 1-16-1.


In upcoming action, RIC will wrap up the 2008 campaign at Southern Maine on Saturday, Nov. 1.


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