September 14, 2011


Anchormen Hold On For Win Despite Playing a Man Down

Beverly, Mass.-Senior forward Mike Patriarca (Warren, RI) snapped a 1-1 deadlock in the 55th minute to lift the Rhode Island College men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over winless Endicott on Wednesday evening.


The Gulls (0-4) were down 1-0 at halftime and came back to tie it in the second frame, Patriarca's strike pulled out the win for the Anchormen (2-3).



Senior Mike Patriarca


At the 21:39 mark of the first half, Anchorman sophomore midfielder Ignacio Cespedes (Fitchburg, MA) received a short pass through the middle of the box from senior midfielder Hector Espildora Fortuno (Malaga, Spain) and sent a low shot past the Endicott keeper to put RIC up 1-0.


 Nearly two minutes into the second half, the Gulls saw sophomore forward Alex Elia (Somers, CT) earn a breakaway opportunity but with the RIC keeper rushing out to defend, Elia pushed his shot just wide right of the post. 


 At 50:05, a red card issued to RIC freshman defender Patrick LaRoche (Gardner, MA) changed the complexity of the match as the Anchormen had to play man-down for the remainder of the half. 


 Endicott would tie the match at 1-1 in the 53rd minute on a deep throw in pass by freshman Jed Magnusson (Kingston, NH) that was deflected by freshman Stephen Joyce (Rome, NY) and headed to the back of the net by freshman Ben Streib (Ellington, CT) for the Blue and Green’s first goal of the season. 


 Eighty seconds later, however, the Anchormen responded with the game-winning goal when Patriarca, who received a cross pass, left-to-right, from freshman forward Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI).  It was Patriarca’s first goal of the season.


 The Blue and Green nearly tied the score on right-footed attempt by sophomore Bobby Durben (Stow, MA) but his shot rolled just to the right of the post.


 In goal for the Gulls, freshman Aaron Kanter (Medfield, MA) made three saves, while his counterpart senior Nick Clarke (East Bridgewater, MA) recorded four saves between the posts for the win (2-3). 


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will open Little East Conference play at Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Sept. 17 (1 p.m.).