September 2, 2009






Providence, RI—Four different Wildcats scored as the Johnson and Wales women’s soccer team defeated Rhode Island College, 4-2, in the season opener for both clubs on Wednesday afternoon at the RIC Soccer Field.




JWU got on the board in the 22nd minute, scoring off a corner kick. Sophomore midfielder Caitlyn Albert (Merrimack, NH) took the corner, which was blocked back to her by the RIC defense. She chipped a shot that RIC junior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, RI) tipped, but was then headed in by freshman midfielder Alisha Carlson (Portland, OR).




The Wildcats built a two-goal advantage in the 36th minute. Sophomore defender Katlyn Gerrish (North Stonington, CT) took a free kick from the top of the box, after a RIC foul, and beat Pirri to the top corner.




RIC got right back into the game 40 seconds later as JWU was whistled for a hand ball in the box. Junior midfielder Christina Tavana (Middletown, CT) took a penalty kick and beat Wildcat senior goalkeeper Jennifer Hurley (Freeport, NY) with a shot to the corner post.



 Senior midfielder Christina Tavana


Hurley made back-to-back stops on RIC junior forward Jess Collinson (West Kingstown, RI) and Tavana in the 59th minute to preserve the lead. After an injury timeout, JWU sophomore forward Samantha Reynolds (Plymouth, MA) netted what proved to be the game-winning goal with an outstanding individual effort. She took control of the ball at midfield, drove the length of the field, avoided three RIC defenders and fired off a shot to the corner that eluded a diving Pirri.


The Wildcats converted their second free kick goal of the game in the 79th minute as Albert blasted in a shot from just outside the box.



Collinson set up freshman forward Agustina Amaya’s (Providence, RI) first collegiate goal in the 80th minute with a brilliant cross to the sliding rookie to end the game’s scoring.



 Freshman forward Agustina Amaya


Pirri made 10 stops in the loss, while Hurley made eight saves.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue its three-game homestand to open the 2009 campaign vs. Roger Williams on Wednesday, Sept. 9.