October 27, 2012



Gorham, Maine-Sophomore goalkeeper Christopher Duarte (Cumberland, RI) made one save as Rhode Island College ended its season in a 3-0 loss to Southern Maine in Little East Conference menís soccer action played at Hannaford Field on Saturday afternoon.


USM sophomore Mazen Aljari (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) scored twice in the opening 11 minutes to seal the Anchormenís fate.


The win snapped a four-game losing skid for the Huskies who finish the season with a 5-13-0 overall mark and a 2-5-0 record in LEC play. The Anchormen dropped their fourth straight game to finish the campaign 4-13-1 and 2-5-0 in conference play.  Neither team will advance to the four-team LEC championship tournament that begins Wednesday.


Aljari put the Huskies on the board 78 seconds into the match getting around the Anchormen back line and beating Duarte for his 10th goal of the season.


Just over nine minutes later, Aljari was the recipient of a pass from the left end line by freshman Harrison Hall (Kennebunkport, ME) and deposited his second goal of the match into the top of the net. 


The Huskies added an insurance goal in the 53rd minute as freshman Kevin Deignan (Pepperell, MA) took a pass from classmate Ahmed Bin Afif (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) down the left side and beat Duarte for his first collegiate goal.


USM senior goalkeeper Jeremy Turner (Portland, ME) recorded two saves to earn his fifth shutout of the season. 


Southern Maine had a 12-8 advantage in shots while Rhode Island College held a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.