September 24, 2013



Framingham, Mass.-Junior midfielder Lauren Maisano (Bristol, RI) tallied her third goal of the season on Tuesday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough for the Rhode Island College women’s soccer team, as the Anchorwomen fell to Framingham State, 4-1, in non-conference action at Maple Street Field.   


With the win the Rams improve to 5-1-1 on the year, while the loss drops Rhode Island College to 2-4-1 on the season.


Framingham State's offense came out firing on all cylinders with three scoring chances in the game's opening 15 minutes. Just five minutes into the game, junior forward Isabela DeSouza (Framingham, MA) took a through ball and went one-on-one with RIC junior goalkeeper Audrey Maia (Norton, MA), but her bid rolled just wide of the net. Three minutes later junior forward Marisa Parent (Revere, MA) and senior midfielder Cara Murtagh (Quincy, MA) worked a give-and-go for a score, but an offside call waved off the goal.



 Junior midfielder Lauren Maisano


The Rams finally broke into the scoring column in the 20th minute of action as DeSouza received a pass from senior midfielder Kayla Austin (Winchester, MA) and fired a shot on net. DeSouza's bid caromed off of Maia and rolled right to Parent, who tapped it home for a 1-0 lead.


The margin would remain at one, in favor of Framingham State, until the final minute of the half as Austin fired a shot on goal that deflected off Maia’s hands and into the net for what would prove to be the game-winning score. 


The Rams tacked on to their lead in the 51st minute as senior midfielder Taylor Ezold (Westfield, MA) scored off a Murtagh assist for a 3-0 advantage. The Rams had a chance to push the lead to four just two minutes later, but Parent's penalty kick was stopped by Maia, who posted another double-digit save outing.


Rhode Island College broke up the shutout in the 62nd minute of action thanks to Maisano, who found the back of the net on a free kick from 25 yards out after a Rams foul.


The Rams added another score, courtesy of DeSouza in the 81st minute, to make it, 4-1. Framingham State held a 32-7 edge in shots for the game and a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks. 


Junior goalkeeper Lauren Hoole (Dracut, MA) made three saves and improved her record to 2-1 on the year, while Maia made 12 stops for the Anchorwomen in a losing effort (2-4-1).


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference action at home against Western Connecticut on Saturday, Sept. 28 (1 p.m.).