October 13, 2010


Millerís Goal in 110th Minute Lifts Salem State to, 2-1, Win

Providence, RI-For 109 minutes, both squads struggled offensively, with neither finding a way to score during live play in a match that seemed destined to end in a tie.  But in the final minute of double overtime, senior midfielder David Miller (Lancaster, PA) found the back of the net on a header to give Salem State a, 2-1, victory over Rhode Island College in a non-conference menís soccer match held at the RIC Soccer Field on Wednesday afternoon. 


After neither team mustered a shot on goal in the first overtime, the Anchormen had the first opportunity to claim victory. With three minutes remaining, junior forward Mike Patriarca (Warren, RI) stepped into the box and pushed a shot that slipped laterally past Viking senior goalkeeper Luis Marques (Fall River, MA) toward the right post. As the ball bounced within inches of the goal line, sophomore defender Brandon LeBlanc (Leicester, MA) robbed Patriarca, coming up with a defensive save to end the threat.  Miller scored the game winner two minutes later, following a free kick caused by a Rhode Island College foul. 



 Freshman midfielder Ryan Rasieleski


In the first overtime, the Anchormen saw an even better opportunity to claim victory slip away. With the ball being handled by Salemís defense well within the box, freshman midfielder Ryan Rasieleski (Coventry, RI) anticipated a deliberate pass and intercepted it in stride. Rasieleski closed in toward the net with only Marques left to beat, but his shot squarely struck the base of the left post, careening harmlessly out of bounds to the left of the net in the 93rd minute.



 Junior goalkeeper Nick Clark


In a contest filled with missed opportunities, the Vikings also missed out on a chance to win the match at the end of regulation. In the 90th minute, Miller found himself in a one-on-one opportunity versus RIC junior goalkeeper Nick Clark (East Bridgewater, MA).  Clark was able to stand in and stop Millerís attempt, setting the stage for the extra periods. 


The non-conference match was marked by highly physical play which led to some 59 fouls being whistled in the match - 31 against the Anchormen and 28 against the Vikings. On two occasions, these whistles led to penalty kicks, one per side. The penalty kicks led to the only two goals of regulation. RICís senior midfielder Jose Ruiz (Providence, RI) scored on the first penalty kick in the 29th minute to give the Anchormen the 1-0 lead, which they carried into the half. In the 51st minute, Viking junior midfielder Rafael Santos (East Boston, MA) evened the score with a penalty kick of his own.



 Senior midfielder Jose Ruiz


Rhode Island College lost despite outshooting Salem by a wide margin of 25-12, including an 11-2 advantage in the first half. Both keepers played well, with neither allowing a live action goal until the final play. Marques finished with seven saves for the Vikings, while Clark stopped three for the hosts.


In upcoming action, the Anchormen will host Little East Conference for Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.