November 1, 2008



Providence, RI – Rhode Island College junior midfielder Christina Tavana (Middletown, CT) registered three points, including the game-winning goal, to lead the Anchorwomen to their first Little East Conference women’s soccer victory of the season, 2-0, over the University of Southern Maine this afternoon at the RIC Soccer Complex. The hosts wrap up the campaign with an overall record of 2-16-1, while the visitors finish at 4-12-1.


The Anchorwomen finish with a 1-5-1 mark in the Little East, while the Huskies end the fall with a 0-6-1 record.


Junior Midfielder Christina Tavana


The win is the first for Rhode Island College since Aug. 30 and snaps a 16-game winless streak. The Anchorwomen earned the shutout win despite playing the final 55 minutes a player down due to a red card.


Rhode Island College carried the momentum throughout the first half, outshooting the Huskies, 15-6. However, the Anchorwomen were unable to solve USM senior goalkeeper Alison Bradley (Auckland, New Zealand), who made several diving stops to keep the host’s at bay, and entered the intermission tied at 0-0.


Tavana had an opportunity to put Rhode Island College on the board in the 57th minute with a penalty kick, but Bradley leaped to her right to deny the attempt.


The Anchorwomen were finally able to crack the scoring column in the 63rd minute, when Tavana netted her team-leading seventh marker of the season off a free kick from 30-yards out on the right sideline. Her shot trickled through Bradley’s hands and snuck past the goal line


Sophomore Brittany Caldwell (Warwick, RI) recorded an insurance goal in the 71st minute, when she deposited a rebound into the back of the net. Tavana generated the scoring opportunity with a shot from the left side of the 18-yard box that hit the inside of the right goal post and rolled on to Caldwell’s foot.


RIC sophomore Maddie Pirri (Bristol, RI) reached double digits in saves with 10 as she earned her second shutout victory of the season. Her counterpart also recorded 10 stops. 


Southern Maine had a slight advantage in corner kicks (6-5), while each team attempted 22 shots.


 Rhode Island College senior forward Kayla Fleming (Pawtucket, RI) was honored with her parents prior to the start of the match.


Senior Forward Kayla Fleming and her parents Mary Anne and Kenneth

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