October 27, 2009



Providence, RIóSenior midfielder Christina Tavana (Middletown, CT) scored the gameís lone goal as the Rhode Island College womenís soccer team defeated Lasell, 1-0, on Senior Night at the RIC Soccer Field.



 Senior midfielder Christina Tavana


Rhode Island College snaps a four-game losing streak and improves to 3-11 overall, while the Lasers see their modest three-game win streak come to an end as they fall to 8-5-2 on the season.


Lasell held the advantage in field position for the majority of the game, finishing with a 23-9 advantage in shots and an 8-1 mark in corner kicks. However, the majority of the Lasersí shots were off net, while the others were handled easily by RIC junior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, RI) who made nine saves to earn her third win (3-11) and notch her first shutout victory.



 Junior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri


The two teams played a scoreless first half, with the visitors outshooting the Anchorwomen, 10-4. RIC junior forward Danielle Cartier (Lincoln, RI) nearly put the hosts up early as she broke in alone on Lasell sophomore goalkeeper Elizabeth Stickley (Mashpee, MA) just 2:25 into the contest, but her shot sailed wide. On the ensuing possession, Lasell junior forward Allyson Bushy (Westminster, MA) was sent in on a nice feed by sophomore midfielder Molly Clarke (Berlin, CT), but her well-placed shot just missed the far post.


Although the Anchorwomen mustered only seven shots, RIC made the most of its opportunities. In the 63rd minute, freshman midfielder Alison Massed (Warren, RI) broke down the wing with Tavana on her right. The rookie slid a pass across to the veteran who stepped in between two Laser defenders and walked in alone and blasted a shot past Stickley that went in just under the crossbar for her team-leading fifth goal of the year.


The visitors would not go quietly as they kept the pressure up on the Anchorwomen over the final 27 minutes, ending up with a 13-5 shot advantage in the second half. RIC junior defender Hilary Plourde (Uncasville, CT) turned in a stellar performance off the bench, making several key stops against Lasell scoring attempts late in the contest. Sophomore midfielder Jenna Childs (Cranston, RI) also played well in the win.



 Junior defender Hilary Plourde


Stickley made two saves in a losing effort (6-5-2). Tavana led RIC with five shots, while Bushy equaled her effort for LC.


Tavana, along with her parents Rebecca and Lou, were recognized prior to the start as part of Senior Night.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will close out the regular season at Little East Conference foe UMass Boston on Saturday, Oct. 31.