October 13, 2012


Croteau Leads Owls With Five Points

Providence, R.I.–Senior midfielder Sarah Fagan (West Kingston, RI) tallied her first goal of the 2012 season, but it would turn out to be the lone score for Rhode Island College as the women’s soccer team fell to the Keene State Owls, 5-1, in Little East Conference action at the RIC Soccer Field on Saturday afternoon.


Keene State (10-6, 3-2 LEC) was led by the efforts of senior midfielder Brittany Croteau (Swanzey, NH), who finished with two goals and an assist for a game-high five points, while junior midfielder Jessica Berthiaume (Worcester, MA) notched a goal and an assist for three points in the win.


The Owls struck first in the opening minutes of action after Croteau connected on a pass from Berthiaume and found the back of the net to give Keene State the early lead. Moments later, by way of a pass from sophomore midfielder Alex Haley (Laconia, NH), Croteau dished to Berthiaume for a score in the 12th minute as the duo hooked up again to put the Owls up by a pair of goals.



 Senior midfielder Sarah Fagan


Rhode Island College (2-9, 0-5 LEC) answered back in the waning minutes of the first half after junior midfielder Sam Nolte (Cranston, RI) chipped a shot from 10 yards out that bounced in and out of the arms of KSC goalkeeper Victoria Crenson (North Salem, NY). Fagan pounced on the loose ball and knocked one past Crenson for her first goal of the season and the third of her career.


Leading by one coming out of halftime, the Owls tacked on a pair of quick scores to take a commanding three-goal lead before adding one more in the 66th minute to make it, 5-1. Junior midfielder Brittany Boscarino (Ellington, CT) tallied the first goal of the second half, with the assists coming from sophomore midfielder Amber Pelletier (Coventry, CT) and sophomore midfielder Crystal Steinfeld (Prospect, CT).


Later in the frame, senior midfielder Elise Bolster (Narragansett, RI) and Croteau each followed with unassisted goals to seal the victory for the Owls.


Keene State outshot RIC, 21-8, and held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.


Crenson (10-6) made one save in the first half before being replaced by freshman goalkeeper Kathryn Hoar (Plymouth, MA), who finished with three saves in the second stanza. On the other end, RIC goalkeeper Audrey Maia (Norton, MA) tallied five saves in the loss (2-9).


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Westfield State on Tuesday, Oct. 16 (4 p.m.).