October 14, 2009






Middletown, CT—Junior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, RI) made 11 saves, but it wasn't enough as the Rhode Island College women's soccer team was outshot, 40-3, in a 5-0 loss at Wesleyan in a non-conference game on Wednesday afternoon.




The Anchorwomen drop to 2-8 in the loss.s RIC has been shut out in five of its eight losses on the year. The Cardinals snapped a three-game winless streak as they improve to 6-4-1.  The previous four meetings between the teams had all resulted in a 2-1 decision with each team winning both at home and on the road during the stretch.  The series began in 2004 with a 2-0 RIC triumph as Wesleyan evened the overall series at 3-3 this afternoon. The victory marked Wesleyan’s sixth shutout of the season, tying a school record achieved in 1994.  




 Wesleyan senior Ingrid Parl scored the first goal of her three seasons as a Cardinal in the 84th minute, and added another in the 89th minute, to pace the host's offense.




 Wesleyan took the lead for good in the 22nd minute when freshman Kaylin Berger trapped a pass from freshman Katrina Ellis-Ferrara at the top of the 18-yard box, dribbled once to her right and put a shot past Pirri. In the 29th minute, Wesleyan senior Beth Kenworthy sent a corner kick near the far post, which junior Cora Lautze put a body on to knock into the net for the 2-0 Cardinal advantage. The half ended that way as Wesleyan held a 19-2 edge in shots.




 In the 59th minute, the Cardinals made it 3-0 as Ellis Ferrara took a pass from freshman Lily Kaplan from the right side and sent a shot inside the left post. An initial shot by Berger had been blocked by the RIC defense, but the rebound went to Kaplan.




 Then Parl did the rest, scoring after a good save by Pirri off a shot by junior Dasha Battelle, then taking a smart pass on the left just beyond the RIC defense and knocking in a left-footed shot for the final tally. Wesleyan finished the game with a resounding margin in shots, but hit the net only 16 times.




 In the Wesleyan goal, freshman Kate Connolly-Smithwick needed to make just one save to preserve the shutout, but also had a key intercept after a good RIC pass split the Cardinal defense to spring freshman forward Libby Lazar (Wakefield, RI) for a scoring chance in the second half.  Connolly-Smithwick timed it right and just got to the ball ahead of Lazar with a diving grab.




In upcoming action, the Anchorwomen will resume Little East Conference action at home against Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Oct. 17.