October 8, 2011


Childs & Maisano Net Goals for Hosts

Providence, R.I.-Senior forwards Lauren Francisco (Ludlow, MA) and Jillian Duran (Uncasville, CT) each finished with a pair of goals as the Western Connecticut State Colonials handed Rhode Island College a 5-2 loss in Little East Conference womenís soccer action played at the RIC Soccer Field on Saturday afternoon.


Francisco struck first with an unassisted goal off an Anchorwomen turnover in the box for WestConn (7-4, 3-1 LEC) in the third minute of action. That was immediately followed by another Colonial goal in the sixth minute, courtesy of sophomore midfielder Ariana DíAurio (Cheshire, CT).



 Senior midfielder Jenna Childs


Despite playing on their heels, the Anchorwomen (2-9, 0-4 LEC) bounced back in the 11th minute thanks a huge play from senior midfielder Jenna Childs (Cranston, RI). The Anchorwomen put continuous pressure on the Colonialsí defense, forcing the visitors to clear on multiple occasions. However, Childs snagged a third consecutive clear attempt from within the box and ripped a shot past junior goalkeeper Caitlin Avery (East Hampton, CT) for her first goal of the season and just the second of her career.


The Colonials quickly responded in the 14th minute, as Duran redirected a pass in tight that went past RIC netminder Abygayle Fisher (Exeter, NH) and just snuck inside the near post.


After four goals in the first 14 minutes, both teamís offenses went silent for the next 27 minutes. In the 41st minute, sophomore forward Lauren Maisano (Bristol, RI) received a long pass from classmate midfielder Johnna Magiera (Coventry, RI) and charged towards the net. Despite being blanketed by two WestConn defenders, Maisano sprinted through the box and blasted a shot past Avery for her team-leading fifth goal of the season.


Western Connecticut was able to keep the Anchorwomen off the scoreboard in the second half and also received a pair of insurance goals from Duran and Francisco in the 58th and 88th minutes, respectively. Junior defender Erika Moran (Shelton, CT) led the Colonials with a pair of assists, while junior midfielder Tracy Sales (Cumberland, RI), freshman forward Emily Burke (Windsor Locks, CT), junior midfielder Cecelia Dias (Prospect, CT) and junior defender Katie Wolfe (Suffern, NY) each chipped in with assists as well for the visitors.


Despite allowing five goals on the afternoon, Fisher made a season-high 16 saves. It was the third consecutive game she has reached double-digits in saves. Fisher falls to 2-7 on the season, while Avery improves her record to 6-3 with a three-save effort.


The Colonials outshot the Anchorwomen, 38-6, and also finished with the advantage in corner kicks, 9-2. Sophomore midfielder Megan Saucier (Freetown, MA) and Childs led RIC in shot attempts with two apiece.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Worcester State on Tuesday, October 11 (6 p.m.).