September 9, 2009






Providence, RIóJunior forward Jess Collinson (West Kingston, RI) had two goals and an assist, while classmate goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, RI) made a game-saving diving stop in the final minutes, to help the Rhode Island College womenís soccer team defeat in-state rival Roger Williams, 4-3, on Wednesday afternoon.






 Junior Goalkeeper Maddie Pirri




Despite being outshot, 28-9, the Anchorwomen (1-1) were able to capitalize on their opportunities to earn the victory. The Hawks (2-2) struck first just 7:25 into the first half. Sophomore midfielder Alexa Maher (Hopewell, NJ) lofted a perfect corner kick to classmate forward Rachel Hodgson (Upton, MA), who was left unmarked and headed it into the net for her first goal of the year.




Roger Williams kept up the offensive pressure with 12 first-half shots, but Pirri kept the visitors at bay with four saves. The contest turned the Anchorwomenís way in the 33rd minute as Collinson took possession of the ball after a Hawks turnover, walked in and beat senior goalkeeper Jen Garside (Londonderry, NH) to the near post for her first goal as an Anchorwoman.




Collinson helped RIC go on top for good just 3:41 later as she broke in and was taken out by a sliding Garside in the box. The netminder was issued a yellow card and junior midfielder Christina Tavana (Middletown, CT) converted the ensuing penalty kick for her second goal of the year.



 Junior Forward Jess Collinson


Collinson chipped in her second tally of the season in the 58th minute, knocking in a loose ball in the box. She added an assist to cap a five-point afternoon, setting up freshman Libby Lazarís (Wakefield, RI) first collegiate goal in the 84th minute.


The Hawks would not be held down as sophomore forward Katie Fusaro (Hopkinton, MA) grabbed a loose ball after a dump in and scored her team-leading fourth goal just 22 seconds after Lazarís marker. RWU pulled within one goal in the 87th minute as Maher lofted a corner that found the foot of sophomore forward Laurin Pendleton (Southwick, MA) for her first goal of the year.


With only a few minutes left in regulation, Pirri (1-1) made the save of the game as she dove to save Pendletonís laser from 15 yards out. She finished the game with 11 saves, reaching double digits for the second consecutive contest. Garside (1-2) finished with five stops.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue its three-game homestand to open the 2009 campaign vs. Salve Regina on Wednesday, Sept. 16.