September 18, 2012



Bridgewater, Mass.—Bridgewater State held on to defeat Rhode Island College, 2-1, in collegiate men's soccer action played at windy Swensen Field on Tuesday night.


The Anchormen (1-4-1) are winless (0-4-1) in their last five games. Bridgewater State (2-4) picks up its second win of the season. The win is the Bears first over the Anchormen since 2004. 


The Bears opened up a 1-0 lead with the wind at their backs in the first half off a terrific play from senior defender Simao Mendes (Brockton, MA). Mendes made a long run down the left sideline in the 40th minute and slid a pass across the goal mouth to a streaking junior David Wilson (Charlton, MA) who one-timed a shot into the back of the net. For Wilson it was his first goal of the season.


Earlier in the period, the Bears had nearly got on the board as sophomore midfielder Steve McAvoy’s (Walpole, MA) shot hit the post in the 30th minute. The play came seconds after an apparent hand ball in the box was not called.


Bridgewater held a 15-2 shot advantage in the first half, but led just 1-0 at the intermission.


 Despite going against the wind in the second half, the Bears still held the edge in play.  Senior forward Adam Smith (Kingston, MA) gave BSU a 2-0 lead in the 82nd minute as his shot from just inside the 18 found the left side of the net.


 RIC would dent the scoreboard less than two minutes later as sophomore forward Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) curled a corner kick that landed seven yards in front of the goal and was knocked in by a Bridgewater defender for an own goal.


 Both teams were stopped on breakaways in the second half.  Asiedu rang the cross bar on a semi-breakaway in the 74th minute, while Wilson was stopped by RIC sophomore netminder Christopher Duarte (Cumberland, RI) in the 65th minute.


BSU held a decisive advantage in shots, 27-8, and corner kicks, 8-4. Duarte made six saves. Matt Bagley made two saves between the posts for the Bears. 


In upcoming Little East Conference action, Rhode Island College will travel to UMass Boston on Saturday, Sept. 22 (1 p.m.)