September 17, 2011


Marchitto Totals Game-High Five Points in League Victory

Providence, RI-Junior forward Daniella Marchitto (Orange, CT) scored two goals and assisted on another for five points to help the Eastern Connecticut State University women’s soccer team to a 7-0 win over Rhode Island College in the Little East Conference opener for both clubs.


The Warriors (3-3, 1-0 LEC) snap a three-game losing streak, while the Anchorwomen (2-4, 0-1 LEC) remain winless in their last four.


ECSU struck first in the 22nd minute when Marchitto ripped a shot from the top of the box past RIC sophomore goalkeeper Abygayle Fisher (Exeter, NH) to give the Warriors an early lead.


RIC held its own defensively up until that point, keeping Eastern off the scoreboard for much of the first half, despite the visitor’s plethora of offensive opportunities. The Warriors had two shots hit the post during that span and had another go off the crossbar.



 Senior midfielder Jenna Childs


However, once Marchitto drew first blood, the defending Little East Regular Season Champions opened the floodgates offensively, notching another goal in the first half and five more in the second stanza. Eastern outshot the Anchorwomen by a vast margin, 41-5, on the day. Marchitto’s five-point effort brings her league-leading point total to 15.


The Anchorwomen had a couple of scoring opportunities in the second half on a pair of free kicks from senior midfielder Jenna Childs (Cranston, RI), but couldn’t capitalize. One of which went in and out of the arms of Eastern junior goalkeeper Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield, CT) and rolled free in front of an empty net, but none of the Anchorwomen forwards could pounce on the loose ball.


Junior forward Christine DeFilippo (Ronkonkoma, NY) netted a pair of goals for Eastern, while sophomore forward Nicole Leonard (Rutherford, NJ), freshman midfielder Maggie Slivinski (Wallingford, CT) and freshman midfielder Rachael Skinner (Uncasville, CT) each finished with goals in the win. Junior midfielder Chelsea Downer (Colchester, CT) and senior defender Sam Konopka (Hebron, CT) led the Warriors with two assists apiece.


The Anchorwomen used a trio of goalkeepers, with Fisher taking the loss (2-4). Freshmen Audrey Maia (Norton, MA) and Ashlyn Cleary (Tiverton, RI) played the final 29 minutes. MacLeod earned the win (2-4) with a four-save effort.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Bridgewater State on Tuesday, Sept. 20 (4 p.m.).