October 12, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Sophomore forward Gabrielle Turner (Smithfield, RI) netted a pair of goals, but it wasnít enough for the Rhode Island College womenís soccer team, as the Anchorwomen came up short against Plymouth State, 3-2, in Little East Conference action played at the RIC Soccer Field on Saturday afternoon.


Plymouth State (4-8, 1-3 LEC) dominated play in the first half and notched the first two scores of the game to take a 2-0 lead over Rhode Island College (3-8-1, 0-4 LEC). The Panthers drew first blood in the 28th minute after senior midfielder Laura Davis (Pelham, NY) chipped in junior midfielder Courtney Barkerís (Yarmouth, ME) corner kick from just outside the left post for her fifth goal of the season.


PSU then added its second tally in the 41st minute when junior forward Kate Nixon (Wakefield, MA) found space in the left side of the box and sent a cross towards the net. Junior forward Emily Bell (Derry, NH) collected the pass and ripped a shot past RIC junior goalkeeper Audrey Maia (Norton, MA) for her third goal of the season.


The Anchorwomen managed to cut the deficit to just one heading into halftime after junior forward Danielle Peloquin (Pawtucket, RI) broke through the Panthers midfield unit and sprinted up the right sideline. Peloquin dished to Turner, who sidestepped a defender and blasted a shot from the top of the box into the top-right corner of the net.



 Sophomore forward Gabrielle Turner


The tables turned in the second half as Rhode Island College controlled possession throughout much of the frame. Following countless opportunities, RIC finally found the back of the net following a corner kick from freshman midfielder Jaclyn Greenman (Waterford, CT) that sailed towards the left post. After the ball ricocheted off of a Plymouth State defender and skipped around the box, Turner pounced on the loose ball and chipped a shot past PSU freshman goalkeeper Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, NH) to make it, 2-2.


However, the Panthers answered right back in the 87th minute with what would prove to be the game-winning goal. Senior defender Shannon Snively (Fremont, NH) took a pass from junior forward Danielle Ehrgott (Concord, NH) just outside the top right corner of the box. Snively wheeled around a RIC defender a laced a shot over the outstretched arms of Maia and into the top left corner of the net for the, 3-2, lead.


Plymouth State outshot Rhode Island College, 12-5, in the first half and held a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks, thanks in part to a strong wind that aided the Panthers. After the two teams switched directions following the intermission, the Anchorwomen outshot the visitors, 15-7, in the second half with the wind at their backs and held a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.


Schmidt (4-8) made nine saves in the win, while Maia (3-8-1) stopped six shots in a losing effort.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Fitchburg State on Wednesday, Oct. 16 (6 p.m.).