October 13, 2011


Johnson & Wales’ Offense Comes Alive in Second Frame

Providence, R.I.-The Johnson & Wales women’s soccer team exploded for a pair of second half goals en route to a 3-1 victory over Rhode Island College at the RIC Soccer Field on Thursday.


Johnson & Wales (8-4-2) jumped on the board in the fifth minute thanks to an unassisted goal from sophomore midfielder Eryn Mahoney (Merrimack, NH). Mahoney pounced on a loose ball after a failed clear attempt by the Anchorwomen and ripped a shot from five yards outside of the box that sailed over sophomore goalkeeper Abygayle Fisher (Exeter, NH) to give the Wildcats an early lead.


In the 17th minute, JWU Head Coach Numar Lopez pulled his entire lineup, except for sophomore netminder Kara Collins (North Arlington, NJ), and put 10 bench players on the field.



 Junior defender Sarah Fagan


The Anchorwomen starters ratcheted up the offensive intensity and found the back of the net in the 37th minute after failing to capitalize on their two previous corner kick opportunities. Sophomore forward Megan Saucier (Freetown, MA) couldn’t knock home the header on the second consecutive corner kick attempt, but sophomore forward Lauren Maisano (Bristol, RI) tracked down the loose ball and found junior back Sarah Fagan (West Kingston, RI) in front of the net. The captain connected on the header for her second goal of the season.


With the starters back on the field to start the second stanza, Johnson & Wales came out fired up and dominated possession for the final 45 minutes. During that span, the Wildcats outshot the Anchorwomen, 17-2, and held a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks. In total, Johnson & Wales outshot RIC, 21-10.


Senior midfielder Amanda Aguiar (Fall River, MA) notched the game-winner in the 56th minute after the Wildcats efficiently worked the ball through the RIC defense and into the box. Senior midfielder Katlyn Gerrish (North Stonington, CT) took a pass from freshman forward Kayla Sypek (Westhampton, MA) and found Aguiar in the front of the net for her sixth goal of the season.


The Wildcats added some insurance in the 62nd minute courtesy of Sypek’s sixth goal of the season. The freshman blasted a shot past Fisher to put Johnson & Wales up, 3-1, after receiving a beautiful crossing pass from Aguiar.


Collins stopped three shots for the Wildcats, improving her record to 7-4-1 on the year. Fisher falls to 2-8 despite making five saves. Freshman goalkeeper Audrey Maia (Norton, MA) also made a save in net for the Anchorwomen.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference competition at Keene State on Saturday, Oct. 15 (1 p.m.).