October 19, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Led by sophomore forward Gabrielle Turnerís (Smithfield, RI) header in the 85th minute, and junior goalkeeper Audrey Maiaís (Norton, MA) second straight shutout, the Rhode Island College womenís soccer team stunned Eastern Connecticut, 1-0, in Little East Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the RIC Soccer Field.


Winners of two straight games, Rhode Island College (5-8-1, 1-4 LEC) picks up its first conference victory of the season and moves into a tie for sixth place in the Little East Conference standings. Despite dropping its second consecutive, 1-0, decision, Eastern Connecticut (7-7, 2-3 LEC) continues to hold onto fourth place in the LEC standings.



Sophomore forward Gabrielle Turner


RICís win on Saturday was the first over the Warriors, a perennial powerhouse in New England, since 2007 when the Anchorwomen topped Eastern, 1-0, at home on Oct. 20. In the five matches in between those two victories, the Warriors had outscored Rhode Island College, 30-3.


Both teams were relatively quiet on offense until the final minutes of the second half, when Eastern nearly took the lead on a goal from sophomore forward Brianna Curcio (Southbury, CT) in the 77th minute. However, the Warriors were called offside, their eighth offside call of the afternoon, leaving the two squads deadlocked with roughly 13 minutes left to play.



Junior goalkeeper Audrey Maia


After nearly breaking the scoreless tie on an opportunity set up by a corner kick in the 84th minute, the Anchorwomen finally found the back of the net a minute later to jump ahead of the Warriors by a goal. Following a foul on the visitors, junior midfielder Lauren Maisano (Bristol, RI) lined for a free kick from inside the midfield line and sent a towering blast into the box toward the Eastern goalkeeper, freshman Chelsea Santos (Windsor Locks, CT).


However, as Santos came out of her post to corral Maisanoís ball, she collided with RIC junior midfielder Danielle Peloquin (Pawtucket, RI), sending both players to the turf. With the net momentarily empty as Santos struggled to get to her feet, Turner headed the loose ball into the goal from just outside the left post for her seventh score of the season.


Eastern came within inches of tying the game in the 87th minute, when senior midfielder Tamar Merheb (Bethel, CT) fired an uncontested shot from the top of the box that slammed into the crossbar and bounced out of harmís way. That would be the closest the Warriors would come to tying the contest in the final minutes.


Maia tallied her third shutout of the season with the win, as she made seven saves and improved her record to 5-8-1 for the year. On the other end, Santos stopped seven shots in the loss (3-4).  


Despite being outshot, 7-4, in the first half, the Warriors went on to hold a 15-14 advantage in the shot department. Eastern also finished with seven corner kicks, compared to just one for RIC.


However, the visitors were called for offside a whopping eight times, while RIC went offside just once.


 Midfielder Lauren Bartlett (Coventry, RI) and defender Cassy Arines (Warwick, RI), along with their families, were honored as part of Senior Day 2013 prior to the game.




In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference action at Southern Maine on Saturday, Oct. 26 (1 p.m.).