September 10, 2013



Beverly, Mass.-With just 12 seconds remaining in overtime, sophomore midfielder Tyler Pacheco (Tiverton, RI) found the back of the net to break a scoreless tie and lift the Rhode Island College men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Endicott College on Tuesday night at Endicott Stadium in non-conference action.


Tuesday’s contest for Rhode Island College (2-1-2) marked the fourth time in five games the Anchormen have gone to overtime on the year.


In the first half, RIC had two huge opportunities in the 12th minute when sophomore forward Jose Zarraga (Providence, RI) ripped two consecutive shots at Endicott sophomore goalkeeper Austin Peluso (Farmington, CT) but was shut down. Meanwhile, junior defender Jed Magnusson (Kingston, NH) almost gave Endicott (2-3) a tally when he blasted a shot from about 20 yards out that just sailed wide. The Anchormen outshot the Gulls, 6-4, through the first frame.



 Sophomore midfielder Tyler Pacheco


The second half looked strong for the Gulls as senior defender Bobby Durben (Stow, MA) took a clean shot in Anchormen territory but was thwarted by RIC freshman goalkeeper Christopher Moura (Rumford, RI). Just 10 minutes later, Durben tried again to put the Gulls on the board but came up short as Moura was able to shut down the play. On the other end, Pacheco almost put the game to an end in the final minutes of regulation as he blasted a shot on goal but was halted by Peluso, sending the scoreless game into overtime.


The overtime was dominated by the Gulls at first, as Endicott put in immense efforts to find the back of the net. Senior midfielder Alex Elia (Somers, CT) had a great opportunity in the 94th minute to put the game away after a scuffle in front of the net led to Elia getting a clean look on Moura. Elia blasted a shot from just five yards out, but Moura was able to come up with an incredible save to keep his team in the game.


Sophomore midfielder Alex Tonsberg (Westport, CT) gave the Gulls their final opportunity of the game in the 100th minute as he took a shot that was quickly deflected by Moura with just 50 second left on the clock. Less than 40 seconds later, the Anchormen finally took advantage of an opportunity in front of the net. Sophomore forward Kevin Arboleda (Pawtucket, RI) gathered a loose ball from the right post and made a short pass to Pacheco, who chipped it past Peluso with 12 seconds remaining in extra time to propel the visitors to the win.


In total, Endicott outshot RIC, 13-11, and also outshot the visitors, 9-5, over the final 55 minutes, while holding a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.


Moura (2-1-2) stopped five shots in the win, while Peluso (2-3) made seven saves in a losing effort.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Regis on Saturday, Sept. 14 (2:30 p.m.).