October 16, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Sophomore forward Charissa Champagne (North Providence, RI) tallied her first career goal in the 55th minute to send the Rhode Island College women’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Fitchburg State in non-conference action on Wednesday night at the RIC Soccer Field.


Rhode Island College snaps a three-game losing skid with the win and improves its record to 4-8-1 overall. Fitchburg State drops its fourth straight contest and falls to 5-9 for the year.



 Sophomore forward Charissa Champagne


After the two teams went into the halftime break knotted in a scoreless tie, the Anchorwomen came out firing on offense to open the second stanza. Following a couple of scoring opportunities, the hosts drew a foul in the 55th minute just inside the midfield line, setting up a free kick for freshman defender Angela Ragosta (Greenville, RI).


Given the free kick opportunity, Ragosta belted a long line drive from about 45 yards out that skipped into the center of the box. Champagne slid through traffic and pounced on the loose ball before gathering possession and quickly splitting a pair of Fitchburg defenders. Left wide open in front of the net, Champagne wound up and blasted a shot from about 10 yards out that sailed past the outstretched arms of Fitchburg State senior goalkeeper Jillian Kirouac (Leominster, MA) and into the back of the net for what proved to be the game-winning goal.



 Freshman defender Angela Ragosta


The Anchorwomen backfield, spearheaded by Ragosta, senior Lauren Bartlett (Coventry, RI), junior Sam Nolte (Cranston, RI) and sophomore Camila Costa (Pawtucket, RI), kept up the stingy defensive effort to keep the Falcons off the scoreboard through the final 35 minutes and preserve the shutout.


RIC junior goalkeeper Audrey Maia (Norton, MA) was fantastic in net, stopping five shots en route to her second shutout and fourth win of the year (4-8-1). On the other end, Kirouac made five saves and fell to 5-9 with the loss.



 Junior goalkeeper Audrey Maia


The Anchorwomen outshot the Falcons, 12-11, and held a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks. Meanwhile, Fitchburg State was called offside seven times, while RIC was called offside just twice.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference action at home against Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Oct. 19 (1 p.m.).