September 7, 2013



Providence, R.I.- Freshman midfielder Jaclyn Greenman (Waterford, CT) scored the game-winning goal in the 92nd minute of action to propel Rhode Island College to a 3-2 overtime victory over Worcester State on Saturday afternoon at the RIC Soccer Field in non-conference action.


After the two teams closed out regulation knotted at two, Rhode Island College (1-1) took control of possession early in the first overtime period. About a minute into the extra frame, sophomore forward Gabrielle Turner (Smithfield, RI) broke free down the left side of the field and into the attacking zone. She quickly dished to Greenman, who blasted a shot from the left side of the box. Greenman’s ball skipped past a diving Worcester State sophomore goalkeeper Jillian Witkowski (Leicester, MA) for her first collegiate goal and the deciding score of the ballgame. 



 Freshman midfielder Jaclyn Greeman


After a scoreless first half that featured a plethora of offensive chances for both teams, the Anchorwomen wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in the second stanza. Junior midfielder Lauren Maisano (Bristol, RI) sent a pass into the box for sophomore midfielder Chelsea Combs (Ashford, CT), who laced a shot that ricocheted off of a Worcester State (1-2) defender and bounced into the back of the net just 30 seconds into the second half.


Trailing, 1-0, in the 64th minute, the Lancers responded with a score of their own to tie the game at one when senior midfielder Gaby Gonet (Agawam, MA) launched a deep shot from about 30 yards out that just crept over the outstretched arms of RIC goalkeeper Audrey Maia (Norton, MA) and into the net.



 Sophomore midfielder Chelsea Combs


Worcester State soon jumped ahead of the Anchorwomen to take a 2-1 lead when sophomore forward Alicia Macomber’s (Stoughton, MA) seamless corner kick from the right side in the 74th minute skied over the heads of the RIC defenders and slipped past Maia for a score.


Yet, RIC bounced back just minutes later, as the relentless offensive pressure of the Anchorwomen eventually forced the game-tying goal. In the 77th minute, Maisano fired a shot towards the net that was at first corralled by Witkowski. However, Witkowski was unable to completely secure possession and the ball came loose, paving the way for a RIC junior forward Danielle Peloquin (Pawtucket, RI) to capitalize on the opportunity. Peloquin, who came charging into the box following the shot from Maisano, pounced on the loose ball and sent a shot into the empty net to tie the game at two.



 Junior forward Danielle Peloquin


Worcester State managed 25 shots in the loss, including 13 in the first half alone. The Anchorwomen totaled 20 shots on the day. Although just five of them came in the first half, a whopping 14 shots were fired in the second half by the hosts.


The Anchorwomen also held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks in the win.


Maia (1-1) made 10 saves in a winning effort for RIC, while Witkowski (1-2) stopped eight shots and was saddled with the loss.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Salve Regina at the RIC Soccer Field on Tuesday afternoon (4 p.m.).