October 17, 2009



Providence, RI—Eastern Connecticut scored three times in the first half en route to a 4-0 shutout victory over Rhode Island College in Little East Conference women’s soccer action on Saturday afternoon at the RIC Soccer Field.


The Warriors raise their overall record to 7-4-3 and are now 3-1-1 in LEC play. Eastern is 2-1-2 in its last five games. The Anchorwomen suffer their eighth loss in the club’s last nine games as they fall to 2-9 overall and 1-4 in league action.


Eastern Connecticut dominated the first half, holding a 16-1 advantage in shots, forcing RIC junior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, RI) to make several acrobatic saves.


Junior forward Amber Petrizzo (Plainville, CT) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 22nd minute. Junior back Stephanie Norell (Stratford, CT) lofted a corner kick into the box that senior midfielder Sarah Swann (Oxford, CT) headed off the crossbar. In the ensuing scrum for the ball, Petrizzo knocked home her first goal of the year.


Sophomore midfielder Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel, CT) scored just 4:18 later in the 26th minute. Sophomore back Laura Violette (Wallingford, CT) took a free kick five yards into RIC territory and put a perfect pass on to the foot of senior forward Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA), who was streaking towards the far post. She settled the ball and fired a shot that beat Pirri, ricocheted off the near post and bounced right to Merheb for her second marker of the year.


Freshman forward Taylor Buchanan (Enfield, CT) put the visitors up by three with her fourth goal of the year in the 35th minute as her shot from 20 yards out deflected off a RIC defender and found the back of the net. Swann picked up her second assist of the day on the play.


The hosts played better defensively in the second half, but still found themselves being outshot, 12-7. Junior forward Amber Marchitto (Orange, CT) sealed the win with a penalty kick goal, her fourth of the year, in the 79th minute. Marchitto was tripped up in the box, while trying to cut back against the RIC defense.


Eastern Connecticut held a 28-8 advantage in shots and a 12-0 margin in corner kicks. Warrior senior goalkeeper Kim Church (Farmington, CT) needed to make just one save to raise her personal mark to 6-4-3. Pirri falls to 2-9 as she made 10 stops. She has been forced to make double-digit save efforts in nine of her 11 games.



 Senior midfielder Christina Tavana


RIC senior midfielder Christina Tavana (Middletown, CT) had six of the Anchorwomen’s eight shots.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Westfield State on Tuesday, Oct. 20.