September 21, 2010


RIC Wins Fourth Straight

Bridgewater, MA-Junior midfielder Hector Espildora Fortuno (Malaga, Spain) scored twice as the Rhode Island College menís soccer team picked up a 2-1 win over previously undefeated Bridgewater State at Swensen Field.


RIC raises its record to 5-2, while BSU falls to 5-1.



 Junior midfielder Hector Espildora Fortuno


Fortuno opened the scoring in the 69th minute after senior midfielder Louis Tavares (East Providence, RI) intercepted an ill-advised cross-field pass in the RIC offensive zone. Tavares found an open Fortuno who blasted a shot from the 18 and beat the BSU keeper inside the left post.



 Senior midfielder Louis Tavares


That lead was short-lived however as less than two minutes later Bear junior forward Mike Fraser (Marshfield, MA) knotted the game at 1-1 with his third marker of the season. Sophomore midfielder Tucker Fairbanks (Plympton, MA) set up the goal as he made a nice run to the 18 and slid a pass towards the goal line. A sliding Fraser beat a defender to the ball and was able to deflect it into the back of the net.


The game remained tied until the waning minutes when Fortuno received a pass from senior midfielder Jose Ruiz (Providence, RI). Fortuno ripped a low shot from 22 yards out that deflected off the hand of the diving BSU keeper and into the bottom left corner of the net.



 Senior midfielder Jose Ruiz


After an evenly played opening stanza, it was the Bears who nearly got on the board first with two great chances in the early stages of the second half.  Sophomore forward Simao Mendes (Brockton, MA) was stopped on a penalty kick by RIC junior goaltender Nick Clark (East Bridgewater, MA) in the 51st minute. Four minutes later, Fairbanks nearly gave BSU the lead as his shot from the right of the 18 glanced off the far post.


Clark turned aside three shots to pick up the win in goal for the Anchormen, while Bridgewater junior netminder DJ Siewierski (Stow, MA) made six saves in the loss. Shots were even at 14 apiece while the Anchormen held a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference play when the Anchormen host Western Connecticut on Saturday, Sept. 25.