September 11, 2012



Newport, R.I.Freshman midfielder Chelsea Combs (Ashford, CT) scored her first collegiate goal, while sophomore forward Danielle Peloquin (Pawtucket, RI) netted her team-leading third strike, but the Rhode Island College women's soccer team suffered an 8-2 setback at Salve Regina's Brother Reynolds Field on Tuesday afternoon.



 Freshman midfielder Chelsea Combs


Senior forward Kaitlyn Birrell (Hope, R.I.) did the most damage for the Seahawks (3-2), scoring four goals.


Birrell scored two goals in each half, while freshman Anna Shultz (Higganum, CT) had three points, contributing both a goal and an assist.  Senior Ashley Jamieson (Warwick, RI) dished out a pair of assists in the win, while junior Erin McCullough (Ludlow, MA), sophomore Angelina Saporito (Bristol, CT) and classmate Lauren Bulk (Portsmouth, RI) each scored one goal. Junior goalkeeper Jacqueline McPherson (Mansfield, MA) earned the win in net, making six saves on the day to improve to 3-2-0 on the year.


The Seahawks wasted little time getting on the board, as Saporito collected a loose ball at the top of the box and blasted it home for the game's first goal just 22 seconds into the match to give Salve Regina a 1-0 lead.


Jameison later set up Birrell for her first goal of the day in the 18th minute, expanding the Seahawks' advantage to 2-0.


Salve Regina blew things open when McCullough (24:45) and Birrell (25:08) scored within 23 seconds of each other to send the Seahawks into the break holding a 4-0 lead.


The senior connection of Jamieson and Birrell hooked up for a second time just over 10 minutes into the second frame, stretching the lead to 5-0.


The Anchorwomen rallied back by scoring two of the next three goals, receiving tallies from Peloquin in the 58th minute and Combs in the 59th minute to cut the Salve Regina lead to 6-2.


However, Birrell put the game away with an unassisted marker in the 74th minute, while freshman Alexis Pike (Smithfield, R.I.) delivered a beautiful pass to set up Bulk for the final score of the match, sealing the 8-2 victory for the Seahawks.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will open Little East Conference play at Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Sept. 15 (1 p.m.).