September 30, 2009






Providence, RIóJunior midfielder Jose Ruiz (Providence, RI) scored the game-tying goal in the 77th minute to help the Rhode Island College menís soccer team salvage a 3-3 double overtime time tie vs. Framingham State on Wednesday evening at the RIC Soccer Field






 Junior midfielder Jose Ruiz




RIC sees its record go to 3-4-2, while FSCís mark now stands at 2-6-1.




Despite outplaying the visitors in the early going, the Anchormen found themselves trailing, 2-0. In the seventh minute, junior midfielder Jason Silva (Northbridge, MA) found a lane between the RIC defense and scored his second goal of the year. Junior midfielder Scott Faria (Fall River, MA) took a cross from freshman back Will Menter (Haverhill, MA), settled the ball and beat RIC freshman netminder Andrew Hogan (North Providence, RI) with a high shot for his third marker just 5:31 later.




The hosts continued to pressure the Rams defense, finally getting on the scoreboard in the 31st minute. Sophomore forward Bruno Costa (Pawtucket, RI) found himself on the goal line at the side of the net. With no options, he shot the ball towards the front of the net and it ricocheted off a FSC defenderís leg and past junior goalkeeper Greg Halle (Beverly, MA).






 Sophomore forward Bruno Costa




That proved to be the break the Anchormen were looking for as momentum began to shift their way. Junior midfielder David DeMelo (Fall River, MA) beat his man as he crossed into the 18-yard box and was tripped 1:37 later. Costa took the ensuing penalty kick and easily netted his sixth goal of the year to tie the game, 2-2.




RICís enthusiasm was curbed when Hogan went down with an injury behind the play and was forced to come out of the game. Junior goalkeeper Helder Faustino (Warwick, RI) made his first collegiate appearance in net and made a tough save just before the half ended.




Framingham State regained the lead in the 68th minute as a play developed off a free kick. Senior back Constantine Tzortzis (Topsfield, MA) started the play about one yard into his zone, sending a kick down the line to Silva who headed the ball to freshman midfielder Erik Nader (Framingham, MA) for the go ahead goal.


RIC senior forward Dan Rodrigues (Cumberland, RI) started the play to help RIC score the tying goal with 12:19 left to go in regulation. With the ball sailing out of bounds along the FSC goal line, Rodrigues, with his back to the field, kicked the ball over his shoulder and back out in front of Halle. Junior forward Josh Sousa (Cumberland, RI) slid a pass to Ruiz who banged the ball in for his first goal as an Anchorman.


DeMelo nearly sent the crowd into a celebration with 20 seconds left in regulation, but his goal was called back due to an offsides call.


Faustino (0-0-1) made four saves to earn his first collegiate decision, while Halle (1-3-1) made six stops. The Anchormen held a 10-shot advantage, 27-17, in the game. The two teams combined for 44 fouls (22/22) and four yellow cards.


Costa has been white hot offensively for the club, scoring five goals over the Anchormenís last three games.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference play when it hosts long time rival Keene State on Saturday, Oct. 3.