September 15, 2012



Willimantic, Conn.- Sophomore goalkeeper Audrey Maia (Norton, MA) tied her career-high by making 14 saves as the Rhode Island College women’s soccer team fell to Eastern Connecticut, 7-0, in their Little East Conference opener on Saturday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.


Eastern Connecticut (3-1-1, 1-0 LEC) outshot the Anchorwomen, 21-0, in the first half en route to a 4-0 halftime lead and went on to its fifth straight victory over Rhode Island College (1-3-0, 0-1 LEC).


Senior midfielder Chelsea Downer (Colchester, CT) and senior forward Daniela Marchitto (Orange, CT) each scored twice, while freshman midfielder Maggie Sayers (Windsor Locks, CT) and freshman forward Brianna Curcio (Southbury, CT) each recorded their first career points for the Warriors. Downer totaled her team-leading third and fourth goals of the season and also added an assist, while Marchitto’s first two goals of the 2012 campaign served as bookends to a four-goal first half.  



 Sophomore goalkeeper Audrey Maia


Senior midfielder Kelly Wallace (South Windsor, CT) gave Eastern a 3-0 lead in the 32nd minute with her first goal of the year after assisting on Marchitto’s goal, which opened the scoring in the 12th minute.


Sayers and Curcio each came off the bench to register their first career points. Sayers had an assist on Eastern’s sixth goal in the 72nd minute when served a ball from the right flank which was headed in at the left post by junior midfielder Nicole Leonard (Rutherford, NJ). Curcio accepted a pass from junior midfielder Kaitlyn Kennedy (Burlington, CT) in the 81st minute and carried it for 30 yards before unloading an uncontested shot from the right side.


Maia faced an astounding number of shots in net for RIC as the hosts finished with 35 shots, compared to just two for the Anchorwomen. Maia’s 14 stops equaled her previous best effort, which came earlier in the season vs. Worcester State on Aug. 31.


Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Skelton (East Lyme, CT) made one save in net while playing the second half in her second college appearance, while senior netminder Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield, CT) earned the win (3-1-1).


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Bridgewater State on Tuesday, Sept. 18 (6 p.m.).