September 28, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Despite a second half goal from freshman midfielder Jaclyn Greenman (Waterford, CT) that pulled the Anchorwomen within one, the Rhode Island College women’s soccer team eventually fell to Western Connecticut, 4-1, in Little East Conference action played at the RIC Soccer Field on Saturday afternoon.


After holding Western Connecticut (8-2, 2-0 LEC) scoreless through the majority of the first half, Rhode Island College (2-5-1, 0-2 LEC) fell behind, 1-0, in the 38th minute thanks to sophomore midfielder Emily Newhard’s (Wallingford, CT) third goal of the season. From 10 yards deep in the center of the box, Newhard took a quick feed from junior forward Danielle Soucy (Clinton, CT) and blasted a shot past RIC junior goalkeeper Audrey Maia (Norton, MA) to give the Colonials the early advantage. 


The visitors added to their lead in the opening minutes of the second half, as senior midfielder Ariana D’Aurio (Chesire, CT) gave Western Connecticut a two-score lead behind her first of two goals on the day. In the 53rd minute, freshman midfielder Celia DeVoe (Farmington, CT) gathered a pass from Newhard and immediately dished to D’Aurio, who was streaking down the right side of the field uncontested. D’Aurio gained possession and stormed towards the box, where she sidestepped a RIC defender and laced a shot through the arms of Maia from just five yards out.



 Freshman midfielder Jaclyn Greenman


The Anchorwomen garnered some momentum in the 61st minute thanks to Greenman’s second career goal. She cut the deficit to just one after collecting a pass from junior defender Harmony Tillison (Cranston, RI) and firing a beautifully placed shot over the outstretched arms of freshman goalkeeper Alison Rettenmeier (Sherman, CT) from about 35 yards out.


The Colonials answered back in the 65th minute to extend their lead to two following a nifty goal from sophomore forward Kelsey Chacho (Plainville, CT), her second of the season. The scoring chance began when DeVoe lofted the ball into the far left corner of the Anchorwomen zone, setting up a two-on-one opportunity between Chaco, freshman midfielder Meagan Gustafson (Newington, CT), and Maia. After the two Colonials snuck past the last of defense, Gustafson drew Maia out of position and quickly dished to Chacho, who chipped a shot into the empty net.


Western added one more score to jump ahead by three thanks to some more fancy footwork from D’Aurio. In nearly identical fashion as her first score of the day, Neward and DeVoe teamed up to find D’Aurio streaking down the right side of the field with no one in sight. D’Aurio evaded a defender as she approached the box and slipped a rolling shot under Maia from just outside the right post for her team-leading seventh goal of the season.


DeVoe, who controlled the midfield for the entirety of the game for the visitors, finished with three assists to give her a grand total of eight helpers on the year, while Neward added a pair of assists on the day.


Western outshot RIC, 27-21, overall and held a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks. The Anchorwomen committed nine fouls, compared to just four for the Colonials, while Western went offsides four times, compared to just one offsides call against the hosts.


Maia made seven saves in the loss (2-5-1), while Rettenmeier picked up the win (8-2) for the visitors. Rettenmeier, who allowed just her seventh goal of the season on Saturday, stopped eight shots on the day.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Becker on Wednesday, Oct. 1 (6 p.m.).