September 21, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Freshman goalkeeper Chris Moura (Rumford, RI) made a career-high 12 saves en route to his second career shutout as the Rhode Island College menís soccer team upended UMass Dartmouth, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at the RIC Soccer Field in the Little East Conference opener for both teams.


The Anchormen earned their fourth straight victory with the win over the Corsairs and improved their record to 5-1-2 overall, with a 1-0 mark in LEC play. Meanwhile, UMass Dartmouth sees its three-game winning streak come to an end and falls to 4-2 on the season and 0-1 in the league.



 Freshman goalkeeper Chris Moura


Rhode Island College notched the lone goal of the season in the 33rd minute following a UMD foul that set up a straight-away free kick from just outside the box. Junior midfielder Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) lined for the free kick and chipped a shot over the right shoulder of freshman goalkeeper Luis Carranza (New Bedford, MA) to give the hosts what would prove to be the game-winning goal.


The Corsairs had an abundance of opportunities of their own throughout both halves, but failed to capitalize on any of their 25 shots in the game. UMD launched 10 shots in the first half and 15 shots in the second to go along with 11 corner kicks, but came up empty on multiple occasions as the visitors were stymied by Moura, who made brilliant save after brilliant save.


Meanwhile, the Rhode Island College defensive unit, comprised of junior captain David Ricci (Smithfield, RI), junior Kwasi Boateng (East Hartford, CT), junior Jeff Sampaio (West Warwick, RI) and freshman Tyler Kenyon (Exeter, RI), repeatedly thwarted the UMass Dartmouth scoring attack with a sound defensive game in the backfield that included several blocked shots.


Junior defender Josh Chao (New Bedford, MA), who fired nine shots on the day, including six on net, was repeatedly shut down by Moura and the rest of RICís defensive unit, while the Anchormen also frustrated senior forward Victor Ferreira (St. Michael, Portugal), who came up empty despite firing six shots in total and four shots on goal.


Although they didnít have nearly as many scoring chances as the visitors, the Anchormen launched 16 shots in total, compiling eight shots in both the first and the second half. However, only four of those shots were on net, while RIC also tallied just two corner kicks on the day.


As expected, Saturdayís contest between these two LEC rivals proved to be a very physical game. UMass Dartmouth committed 22 fouls, while the Anchormen were charged with 20 fouls. Rhode Island College also received a trio of yellow cards, while the Corsairs were given a pair of yellows.


Moura improved to 4-1-2 on the year after turning in the finest performance of his young career. On the other end, Carranza made one save and was tagged with the loss (3-1). His replacement, freshman goalkeeper Andrew Deane (Woburn, MA), made three saves in 45 minutes of scoreless action.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Framingham State on Tuesday, Sept. 24 (6 p.m.).