November 8, 2008




RIC Wins First-Ever LEC Tourney Championship & Heads to NCAAs


Providence, RI—Rhode Island College junior midfielder Ryan Kelley (Hope, RI) headed in the game’s only goal in the 87th minute to give the second-seeded Anchormen a 1-0 win over fourth-seeded Plymouth State in the Championship Game of the 2008 Little East Conference Men’s Soccer Game.








Rhode Island College (12-5-4), which was making its third appearance in the conference title contest, wins the tournament for the first time in school history and also heads to the program’s first-ever NCAA Div. III Men’s Soccer Tournament. The Anchormen will find out their opponent when the NCAA announces the brackets on Monday, Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. RIC will either play on Wednesday, Nov. 12 or on Friday, Nov. 14.




It was a very competitive game, which looked to be heading for overtime late in the second half. Junior defender Kory Pacheco (Dartmouth, MA) intercepted a Plymouth State (8-9-3) clear and lofted a pass that Kelley headed over the outstretched hands of PSU senior goalkeeper Tyler Shute (Deerfield, NH) for the decisive goal.





 Ryan Kelley challenges for a ball during the Championship Game.



Pacheco, who helped hold Plymouth State senior forward Semir Mehmedovic (Concord, NH), as well as Eastern Connecticut junior forward Maxim Fantl (East Hartford, CT) in Wednesday’s semifinal game, without a goal was named the 2008 Little East Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Both players are among the top offensive threats in the LEC.





 Kory Pacheco accepts the 2008 Little East Conference Men's Soccer Tournament's Most Outstanding Player Award from Director of Communications Jack Holleran.



RIC’s 12 wins equals the 2005 edition’s total for the second most in a single season in program history. The Anchormen need one additional win to tie the 1973 squad’s all-time mark.


Rhode Island College junior goalkeeper Justin O’Connor (North Kingstown, RI) made eight stops to earn his eighth shutout of the year, needing just one more to tie the program record for the most in a season.


Shute made five saves in a losing effort.


The Anchormen have not lost to the Panthers in their last nine meetings, holding a 7-0-2 mark.





 Ryan Kelley and fellow co-captain Josh Silva accept the 2008 Little East
Conference Men's Soccer Tournament Championship Award.



Kelley’s goal in the 87th minute snapped a streak of 197 minutes of scoreless action between the two clubs this fall. RIC and PSU battled to a 0-0 double overtime tie on Oct. 18. This afternoon’s game was much closer than the previous meeting. RIC held a seven-shot advantage (20-13), compared to a 31-5 margin three weeks ago.