October 6, 2012



Danbury, Conn.-Sophomore goalkeeper Audrey Maia (Norton, MA) made a career-high 19 saves as the Rhode Island College women’s soccer team fell to Western Connecticut State University, 2-0, at the Westside Athletic Complex in Little East Conference action on Saturday afternoon.


Western Connecticut (8-3-1, 2-2 LEC) got on the board first in the 11th minute when senior midfielder Tracy Sales (Cumberland, RI) lofted a perfectly placed pass on a corner kick to freshman forward Kelsey Chacho (Plainville, CT), who headed the ball past Maia for a 1-0 lead. Western finished the first half with a 20-2 advantage in shots, but Maia kept Rhode Island College (2-8, 0-4 LEC) in the game by making 13 saves in the first half alone.



 Sophomore goalkeeper Audrey Maia


Midway through the second half, sophomore forward Sarah Menta (Newington, CT) and junior forward Ariana D’Aurio (Cheshire, CT) executed a nicely played two-on-one for Western’s second goal of the day. In the 64th minute, Menta attacked the RIC defense on the right side, drawing the lone defender and the keeper before sending a sharp pass across the box to D’Aurio, who delivered the ball to the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.  


For the game, the Colonials held a commanding, 34-5, advantage in shots, and also had an 11-2 edge in corner kicks.


Western senior goalkeeper Jamie Trayer (Oakville, CT) made four saves to earn the win (3-0), while Maia fell to 2-8 despite recording a career-high in saves with 19.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College is off until Saturday, Oct. 13, when they host Keene State in Little East Conference action (1 p.m.). Meanwhile, the Colonials return to action Wednesday, Oct. 10, when they host a non-conference matchup with Scranton University (7 p.m.)