September 3, 2011


Maisano & Peloquin each finish with goals for the Anchorwomen

Providence, RI-The Rhode Island College women’s soccer team picked up their second victory in less than 24 hours as the Anchorwomen (2-0) cruised to a 2-0 win over Thomas College (0-1) in the home opener on Saturday afternoon.


After the squad knocked off Wheelock on Friday night, 6-0, Saturday’s win gave RIC its second consecutive 2-0 start to open the season. Saturday’s contest also marks the first time since 1999 that the Anchorwomen opened the season with back-to-back shutout victories.



 Senior defender Jenna Childs


Sophomore midfielder Lauren Maisano (Bristol, RI) drew first blood for Rhode Island College, netting her third goal of the season in the 30th minute. After junior midfielder Melanie Goes (East Providence, RI) was fouled 25 yards from the net, Maisano executed a free kick to perfection, dropping the ball just over the head and out of the reach of Terriers’ sophomore netminder Kate Thibodeau (Woolwich, ME).



 Sophomore midfielder Lauren Maisano


Thibodeau stayed busy throughout the afternoon, finishing with 11 saves in a losing effort (0-1). The Anchorwomen launched 23 shots in the game, compared to just 10 shots for the visitors.


After dominating the first half, the Anchorwomen kept the momentum going in the second frame when freshman forward Danielle Peloquin (Pawtucket, RI) ripped a shot past Thibodeau in the 52nd minute for the second goal of the game and her second marker of the season. Sophomore forward Megan Saucier (Freetown, MA) crossed it to Peloquin with a beautiful through-pass for her third assist of the season. Saucier also finished with a game-high eight shots.



 Freshman forward Danielle Peloquin


Sophomore goalkeeper Abygayle Fisher (Exeter, NH) earned her second victory (2-0) of the season in net, notching four saves for her first career shutout. Fisher received plenty of help from her defense, as senior Jenna Childs (Cranston, RI), sophomore Sara Sands (Minot, ME), and junior Sarah Fagan (West Kingston, RI) completely shut down the Terriers’ offensive attack.


Thomas College had its best scoring opportunity early in the second half when the ball eluded Fisher just outside the penalty box. However, sophomore defender Cassy Arines (Warwick, RI) made a fantastic play, pouncing on the loose ball and clearing it out of harm’s way.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Springfield College on Tuesday, Sept. 7.