October 10, 2009



Providence, RI—Sophomore midfielder Jenna Childs (Cranston, RI) scored with 4:20 remaining in the second overtime period to lead the Rhode Island College women’s soccer team past Plymouth State, 2-1, in Little East Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the RIC Soccer Field.



 Sophomore midfielder Jenna Childs


Despite being outshot, 19-9, in the game, and 4-1 in overtime, RIC was able to snap a six-game losing streak on Childs’ first collegiate goal. After an Anchorwoman throw-in, the ball bounced around in the top corner of the box. Childs collected the ball and lofted it to the far corner of the net to set off the host’s celebration.


RIC improves to 2-7 overall and 1-3 in the Little East, while PSU suffers its third consecutive loss, dropping to 5-5-1 overall and 1-3 in league action.


The Panthers opened the game’s scoring with freshman forward Jordan MacNeely (Marstons Mills, MA) putting the visitors up, 1-0, with just 2:49 remaining in the first half. Sophomore midfielder Amy Green (Atkinson, NH) crossed a pass from the left side that MacNeely spun and kicked out of midair to beat RIC junior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, RI).


The game was played fairly evenly through the first 45 minutes, with the visitors holding a slight advantage, 7-4, shots. The Anchorwomen had three corner kicks, while the Panthers registered two attempts.


RIC senior midfielder Christina Tavana (Middletown, CT) tied the game up, 1-1, just 5:50 into the second half on a set up by freshman midfielder Alison Massed (Warren, RI) and junior forward Danielle Cartier (Lincoln, RI). It was her team-leading fourth goal of the year and snapped a 333:28 scoreless streak for the club dating back to Sept. 16.


That would be it for the rest of regulation, as the two teams remained deadlocked at one goal apiece. The Panthers once again outshot their hosts, 8-4, and held a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks, during the second stanza. PSU missed twice, while RIC missed once, in open-net opportunities in the second half.


PSU nearly won the game in the 105th minute, but senior midfielder Lauren Lavery’s (Nashua, NH) free kick from 25 yards out hit the crossbar. Childs won the game 1:17 later.


Pirri made eight saves to earn the win (2-7), while her counterpart, PSU sophomore goalkeeper Angelina LaBroad (Hampton, NH) made three stops in a losing effort (2-5-1)


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Wesleyan on Wednesday, Oct. 14.