September 8, 2011


Espildora Fortuno Nets Lone Anchorman Goal

Bristol, RI-Senior midfielder Hector Espildora Fortuno (Malaga, Spain) was the only Anchorman to score as the Rhode Island College men’s soccer team fell, 3-1, at Roger Williams on Thursday night.


The game was originally scheduled to be played at RIC (1-2), but the heavy rain rendered the game field unplayable and the contest was moved to RWU (3-0-1). RIC, which took part at Roger Williams’ Turfer Classic this past weekend, but did not face the Hawks, was playing its third straight game in Bristol.



 Senior midfielder Hector Espildora Fortuno


The Hawks put their first tally on the board quickly in the game, with Bradley Macdonald (Topsfield, MA) scoring on a deflected save by RIC senior keeper Nick Clark (East Bridgewater, MA) at the 5:24 mark. Liam Isleib (Killingworth, CT) dropped in a cross in the box to Trevor Hoxsie (Scarborough, ME), who fired a shot at Clark. Clark stopped the attempt but could not hold on to ball, as Macdonald put in the loose ball.


Hoxsie would add to the Hawks’ score in the 28th minute, going around a pair of Rhode Island College defenders and putting a shot to the right corner of the net to make it a 2-0 Hawk advantage.


The Anchormen pulled within one in the 38th minute, with Espildora Fortuno taking a free kick from about 30 feet inside midfield. The ball took a high bounce to the right over the wall inside the box and made its way to the right side of the net, making it a 2-1 game heading into halftime.


The Hawks wasted little time increasing their lead in the second half, with Isleib tallying a score in the 48th minute. Isleib, who was fouled just in front of the box, fired a shot on the ensuing free kick through the wall and found the hands of Clark. Yet the momentum of the shot spun off his hands and rolled into the net for the third goal of the game.


Rhode Island College nearly added another score in the 61st minute, when senior forward Mike Patriarca (Warren, RI), a former RWU Hawk, crossed in a beautiful pass to Espildora Fortuno in the box, but the officials ruled offsides before a shot could be made. The, 3-1, score would ultimately hold for the Hawks.


Jon Pelloso (Wilbraham, MA) made two saves in the first half to earn the win. Tom Mangels (Garden City, NY) came in the second half and stopped three shots for the Hawks. Clark (1-2) made five saves in the loss for RIC.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play its home opener against Western New England on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.