November 16, 2008




RIC Falls to Stevens Institute in NCAA Tourney Action


Babson Park, MAóRhode Island College saw its season come to an end in a 2-0 loss to Stevens Institute in second round action of the 2008 NCAA Div. III Menís Soccer Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field on the campus of Babson College.




The Anchormen wrap up the campaign with a 12-6-5 overall record, falling one win shy of the school record for single season wins. Rhode Island College captured the programís first-ever Little East Conference Menís Soccer Tournament Championship last Saturday and was making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.




With the win, Stevens (18-2-2) advances to next weekend's Round of 16 at a site and time to be determined.




Rhode Island had the first good scoring chance early in the first half, but sophomore defenderís Corey Carvalho's (Dartmouth, MA) rocket from 20 yards out was blocked by Stevens' sophomore goalie Zach Carr (Carmel, IN) and cleared by a defender. That would prove to be the Anchormen's best opportunity of the period, as Stevens posted a 12-3 shot advantage, despite playing into a ferocious wind. The Ducks would eventually grab a 1-0 lead late in the half, beginning when junior Terrence Johnson (New Orleans, LA) and RIC freshman goalkeeper Justin OíConnor (North Kingstown, RI) raced each other to a loose ball at the top of the box. Johnson got there first and ripped a shot that OíConnor was able to block, but the rebound caromed directly to Sandberg, who launched a shot over the head of a defender and into the net from 30 yards out at 42:48.



 Sophomore Defender Corey Carvalho


Playing with the wind at their backs, Stevens was able to control most of the second half of play, allowing just a pair of shots on net that were easily handled by sophomore keeper Zach Carr (Carmel, IN). At the other end, Sandberg gave his team a key insurance goal at 87:12, as he took a pass from Johnson on the left side and broke in all alone on OíConnor. The RIC goalie made a valiant effort to deny the ensuing bid, but Sandberg tucked a perfect shot inside the left post for his second goal of the game and seventh of the season.


Due to a red card, the Anchormen played the final 39 minutes of the game a man down.


OíConnor finished with five saves in net for Rhode Island College, while Carr turned away three shots in net for Stevens.