October 22, 2012


Wolfelís Two Markers Help WSU to Second Straight Win

Providence, R.I.-Despite a late goal from sophomore forward Sam Oddih (Pawtucket, RI) in the 80th minute, the Rhode Island College menís soccer team fell to Worcester State, 2-1, on Monday night at the RIC Soccer Field.


The Lancers (3-10-2) struck first in the 20th minute of action after an attempt to cross was broken up by the Anchormen (4-11-1) and chipped back outside the box. Junior forward Alex Wolfel (Unionville, CT) corralled the loose ball, slipped past a defender and blasted a shot from the top corner of the box that just sailed over the head of RIC goalkeeper Christopher Duarte (Cumberland, RI) and into the back of the net.



 Sophomore forward Sam Oddih


After both squads maintained a solid defensive effort throughout the remainder of the first half, Worcester State again jumped on the board in the opening minutes of the second frame. In the 52nd minute, Wolfel knifed through the RIC defense en route to a wide open breakaway. However, as he stormed into the box, he was taken down by Duarte at the last second to set up a penalty kick. Wolfel promptly ripped the penalty kick past Duarte for his second goal of the game and his sixth of the season.


The Lancers and Anchormen both had their fair share of opportunities on offense down the stretch in the second half, but neither team could capitalize. Finally, in the 80th minute, freshman midfielder Camilo Estrada (Pawtucket, RI) launched a long pass down the left side to sophomore forward Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI), who quickly sent a cross into the middle of the box. In the middle of traffic, Oddih pounced on the loose ball and chipped it past freshman goalkeeper Tim Schmidt (Southwick, MA) to pull the hosts within a goal. It was Oddihís first career goal.


However, the Lancers held their ground defensively in the final minutes of action to keep RIC off the scoreboard and seal their third win of the season. The Anchormen, who outshot Worcester State, 20-12, had several good looks in the second half, including a pair of shots from sophomore midfielder Austin Dias (Lincoln, RI), but failed to convert.



 Sophomore Kevin Stone


Meanwhile, sophomore Kevin Stone (Wakefield, RI), the teamís backup goalkeeper, came off the bench to provide a spark late in the game at the forward position, highlighting RICís offensive efforts in the loss.


Duarte (4-11-1) and Schmidt (2-2) each were credited with five saves on Monday. 


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Johnson & Wales tomorrow evening (6 p.m.). It will be Senior Night as Sean Maguire (Portsmouth, RI), Tucker Shepard (Tiverton, RI) and Carlos Medina (Pawtucket, RI) will be recognized prior to the start of the game.