September 8, 2010


Anchormen Even Record at 2-2 in Victory Over Lasell

Providence, RI-Sophomore midfielder Liam Treacy (Warwick, RI) buried his first goal of the season in the 87th minute to lift the Rhode Island College men’s soccer team to a 2-1 win over Lasell.


The Anchormen (2-2) won for the second time in the team’s last three contests to even their record at .500. Lasell (1-2), which was coming off a 2-0 shutout over Farmingdale, suffered its second setback on the young season. It was the opposite outcome from last season’s matchup, which saw Lasell snap a deadlock in the final minute to pull out a victory.


Sophomore midfielder Liam Treacy


The Lasers controlled possession for most of the first half, despite trailing, 6-4, in shots. The visitors caught the host’s defense off guard 12:32 into the game and jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Sophomore back Adam Luciano (Fairfield, CT) took control of the ball five yards into the Lasell half of the field and lofted a perfect pass towards the top of RIC’s 18-yard box. Freshman midfielder Marcus Lopez (Barrigada, Guam) stayed on side and snuck past the Anchormen defense. He softly headed the ball past RIC junior goalkeeper Nick Clark (East Providence, RI) for his first goal of the season.


RIC stormed back in the second half and peppered Lasell junior netminder Matt Bruninghaus (Plymouth, MA) with a barrage of shots throughout the first 20 minutes. “We don't feel we played better in the second half,” RIC assistant coach Carlos Pinhancos said afterward. “We just decided to work a little harder.”


The Anchormen evened the game up in the 61st minute as junior forward Bruno Costa (Pawtucket, RI) slightly deflected a Treacy free kick with his head for his first marker.


Junior forward Bruno Costa


The hosts held a 12-2 advantage in shots over the final stanza, but the game looked like it was headed for an extra session. Junior forward Mike Patriarca (Bristol, RI) was fouled 26 yards out on the wing with just 3:20 remaining in regulation. Sophomore back Tucker Shepard (Tiverton, RI) fired a free kick into the box, which Costa redirected to a waiting Treacy. He calmly settled the ball, took a step and blasted the game-winner into the back of the net.


“Treacy was able to look up the field,” Pinhancos said. “He had the confidence that the keeper was off his line. It was not a setup play. It was a good decision at a good time and a nice shot. In a 1-1 game, you need players who can do that.”


Both Costa and Treacy finished with a goal and an assist apiece for three-point efforts.


Clark (2-1) made two saves in a winning effort. Bruninghaus (1-1) fell one stop short of a double-digit effort. “Clark did a good job taking balls out of the air in the last six or seven minutes,” Pinhancos added. “That's what we expect from our keeper: to protect his box.”


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Husson on Saturday, Sept. 11.