September 10, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Led by freshman defender Angela Ragosta (Greenville, RI), who made a pair of game-saving tackles late in overtime, and a late goal from junior forward Danielle Peloquin (Pawtucket, RI), the Rhode Island College women’s soccer team finished in a 2-2 draw with Salve Regina on Tuesday afternoon at the RIC Soccer Field in non-conference action.


Despite being outshot, 23-12, in regulation, Rhode Island College (1-1-1) held off Salve Regina (0-4-1) through the final stages of the second half to force overtime. However, RIC rallied late in the contest and dominated play in the extra periods, outshooting the Seahawks, 11-1, in the final 20 minutes.



 Freshman defender Angela Ragosta


Although the Anchorwomen had a plethora of scoring chances in the final minutes of the first overtime, it was Salve Regina who had a chance to end the game for good with under a minute to play. Yet, as Salve sophomore midfielder Melissa Figueiredo (East Bridgewater, MA) broke free past the last line of defense en route to the six-yard box, she was chased down from behind by Ragosta, who thwarted the one-on-one opportunity with a tremendous slide tackle that jarred the ball away from Figueiredo and effectively forced another overtime period.


Ragosta made several outstanding defensive plays in the second overtime period as well, continuously killing any scoring chances that the Seahawks may have had. However, the Anchorwomen could not find the back of the net in the final session, despite getting three shots on net in the final six minutes alone.


The scoring came early and often on Tuesday, as the Seahawks wasted no time getting on the scoreboard first. In just second minute of action, Salve drove through the midfield and into the attacking zone for its first scoring chance of the game. Figueiredo sent a pristine pass into the center of the box to junior forward Lauren Bulk (Portsmouth, NH), who found herself wide open in front of the net and blasted a shot past RIC junior goalkeeper Audrey Maia (Norton, MA) for the first goal of the game.



 Junior midfielder Lauren Maisano


However, the Anchorwomen answered back just moments later, as junior midfielder Lauren Maisano (Bristol, RI) skied a free kick from 40 yards out into the six-yard box, which bounced past Salve freshman goalkeeper Carly Montgomery (Malverne, NY) to make it, 1-1, in just the third minute of action.


The offense slowed down from there, as it wasn’t until the 48th minute that the Seahawks got back on the scoreboard to regain the lead. Bulk stormed down the right side of the field and dished to sophomore defender Jessica Broadhurst (Scarborough, ME), setting up a two-on-one opportunity for the visitors. Broadhurst drew Maia out of her post and sent a quick pass to sophomore midfielder Anna Shultz (Higganum, CT), who fired a strike into the empty net to make it, 2-1.


Yet, the resilient Anchorwomen refused to go away, as again it was a free kick opportunity from Maisano in the 79th minute that set up the game-tying goal. Maisano’s sent a strike into the box from about 25 yards that skipped perfectly towards the net. Peloquin charged forward and lined a header past Montgomery to make it, 2-2, with a little over 10 minutes remaining in regulation.


In total, Salve Regina outshot Rhode Island College, 24-23, and held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks. Maia (1-1-1) made 11 saves for RIC, while Montgomery (0-2-1) stopped nine shots for Salve.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Mitchell on Saturday, Sept. 14 (noon).