September 3, 2011


Anchormen Drop Opener Despite Holding, 26-3, Advantage in Shots

Bristol, RI-The Rhode Island College menís soccer team just couldnít find the back of the net in its season opener against Norwich University on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Cadets, 1-0, in the second game of the Turfer Athletic Classic hosted by Roger Williams University.


The Anchormen (0-1) opened the game as the offensive aggressors, outshooting Norwich (1-1), 12-3, in the period. Despite the advantage in shots, RIC simply couldnít solve the Cadetsí freshman goalkeeper Christian Hallstrom (Las Vegas, NV), who finished with eight saves.


The defense gave Hallstrom plenty of help throughout the game. One of the more remarkable defensive plays came in the 37th minute when freshman defender Chris Bristol (Clinton, CT) stopped a header by freshman forward Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) with a kick save to keep the Anchormen off the scoreboard.



 Sophomore midfielder Ryan Rasieleski


Although the Cadets managed to muster just three shots in the contest, they caught a break with 55 seconds to go in the first half as sophomore defender Ryan Campbell (Damascus, MD) played the ball off a hop from a throw-in by junior defender Mike Ravenelle (Merrimack, NH) and put Norwich up, 1-0.


In the second half, the offensive flurry by Rhode Island College continued as the Anchormen put up 14 shots in the frame, while holding Norwich without a single offering. RIC had a handful close opportunities late in the game, but couldnít capitalize.


Sophomore midfielder Ryan Rasieleski (Coventry, RI) led RIC with five shots, while junior defender Donald Dane (Derry, NH) launched four.


Senior netminder Nick Clark (East Bridgewater, MA) took the loss (0-1), making one save.

In upcoming action, the Turfer Athletic Classic continues on Sunday, as Rhode Island College battles Castleton State College (11 a.m.).