October 20, 2010


Late Goal Extends RIC Winless Streak to Four

Providence, RI-The Rhode Island College menís soccer teamís struggles at home continued Tuesday afternoon, as they lost, 1-0, to visiting Westfield State University in a non-conference match held at the RIC Soccer Field.


In a slow-paced contest that remained scoreless well into the second half, the Owls scored the gameís lone goal instantly, to the surprise of everyone in attendance.  Westfieldís goal came just 12 seconds after a shot on goal at the other end was saved by Owl junior goalkeeper Jeff Pepoli (Ashburnham, MA) in the 62nd minute. Pepoli spent five seconds preparing his kick and then fired a shot over midfield where junior forward Tim Parsons (Buzzards Bay, MA) quickly chipped the ball out to sophomore midfielder Jon Principato (Stoneham, MA). Principato raced in toward the goal from the left side and beat RIC junior goalkeeper Nick Clark (East Bridgewater, MA) for the gameís solitary goal. Pepoli and Parsons both earned assists on the play.


The Anchormen (8-5-1, 3-1-1 Little East Conference) outshot Westfield (11-3, 4-1 MASCAC) by a 26-9 margin, but were only able to put eight of those shots on goal.  RIC was unable to score even after a red card assessed to Owl junior midfielder Kyle Yelin (Southwick, MA) spotted the Anchormen a man advantage for the final 20 minutes of the game. 



 Junior forward Bruno Costa led RIC with seven shots in a losing effort.


The best opportunity for the Anchormen to get on the board came in the 53rd minute while the match was still scoreless. Senior midfielder Jose Ruiz (Providence, RI) sent in a free kick from the right side, which junior forward Bruno Costa (Pawtucket, RI) deflected toward the goal, only to be turned away by junior back Sam LaBonte (Westhampton, MA). LaBonte had positioned himself at the left post in anticipation of a potential defensive save, and the ball went right to where he was standing. 


Pepoli (10-3) earned his fifth shutout of the season on just four saves, while Clark (8-4-1) stopped eight in a losing effort for the Anchormen.     


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Southern Maine for a Little East Conference match on Saturday at 1 p.m.  The Anchormen can clinch a berth in the 2010 Little East Championship Tournament with a victory.