September 12, 2012



Providence, R.I.-Freshman midfielder Camilo Estrada (Pawtucket, RI) netted his first collegiate goal in the 72nd minute of action as the Rhode Island College menís soccer team battled Endicott College to a 1-1 double overtime tie at the RIC Soccer Field on Wednesday night in non-conference action.


After a scoreless first half, the Anchormen (1-2-1) found themselves trailing, 1-0, in the 47th minute when junior forward Brett Longobucco (Torrington, CT) lofted a pass past RICís defense to freshman forward Alex Tonsberg (Westport, CT), who chipped a shot over sophomore goalkeeper Christopher Duarte (Cumberland, RI) for the first goal of the game.


Trailing by one, RIC had a chance to knot the game in the 59th minute when freshman defender Alex Caron (Coventry, RI) lined up for the corner kick. Caron sent a perfect ball in the box directly to freshman forward Kevin Arboleda (Pawtucket, RI), who promptly redirected the entry with a header. His shot attempt skipped past goalkeeper Daniel Higgins (South Kingstown, RI), but Longobucco made a great play to back up the netminder and cleared the ball out of harmís way.



 Freshman midfielder Camilo Estrada


However, the Anchormen bounced back with more offense in the 72nd minute to finally tie the game at one. The attack began when senior defender Sean Maguire (Portsmouth, RI) launched a long pass across midfield to Estrada, who quickly slipped past a pair of defenders and blasted a shot from the right side of the box. The shot bounced off an Endicott (4-1-1) defender and went past Higgins to tie the game at one.


With the game knotted at one apiece down the stretch, both teams played lockdown defense the rest of the way to keep the opposing offenses off the scoreboard. Duarte (1-2-1) was spectacular in net for RIC, making eight saves along the way. On the other end, Higgins (4-1-1) was stellar as well for Endicott as the senior stopped a total of four shots.


The Gulls outshot the Anchormen, 19-15, but were plagued by fouls and offside calls throughout the match. Endicott committed 20 fouls and went offside 10 times. Meanwhile, RIC committed 16 fouls and went offside just once. The Anchormen also held the advantage in corner kicks, 5-2.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will begin Little East Conference play at home against Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Sept. 15 (1 p.m.). Meanwhile, Endicott is set to host Roger Williams at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon as well.