October 26, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Junior forward Kevin Stone (Wakefield, RI) scored his first career goal, while sophomore striker Jose Zarraga (Providence, RI) struck twice, as Rhode Island College defeated Southern Maine, 5-0, in Little East Conference action played at the RIC Soccer Field on Saturday afternoon.


The Anchormen (7-5-4, 2-2-2 LEC) quickly got on the board in just fourth minute of action after the Anchormen were awarded a corner kick following a shot from Zarraga that deflected off of a USM defender. Junior midfielder Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) lofted a perfect corner kick from the right sideline that Stone headed off the crossbar and into the net. It was the first career strike for the converted goalkeeper.



 Junior forward Kevin Stone


Zarraga gave the hosts a 2-0 cushion in the 14th minute on a setup from Stone, who hurled a perfectly placed throw in into the box for Zarraga to head home. The Anchormen offense kept clicking as Zarraga struck again for his second score of the game and his sixth of the year with an unassisted marker in the 23rd minute. Zarraga stole the ball just outside the box and ripped a shot into the back of the net after it was misplayed by the Huskies in their own territory.


RIC went into halftime holding a 13-4 advantage in shots, forcing Southern Maine (0-16-1, 0-6 LEC) freshman goalkeeper Matthew Willis (Standish, ME) to make four stops in the opening 45 minutes.


It didnít take long for the hosts to add to their advantage in the second half as sophomore midfielder Camilo Estrada (Pawtucket, RI) struck for his sixth of the year in the 55th minute. Freshman midfielder Anderson Monteiro (Pawtucket, RI) broke through the midfield to set up the goal, which came on the clubís second shot of the second stanza. Junior midfielder Brian Sujecki (Pawcatuck, CT) came off the bench in the second half to pot his first goal of the season and make it a 5-0 game in the 67th minute.



 Sophomore forward Jose Zarraga


RIC freshman goalkeeper Chris Moura (Rumford, RI) made three saves to earn the win (5-5-4) and record his fourth shutout of the season. Willis (0-7) finished with four stops.


The Anchormenís five goals were a season-high for the team. RIC held the advantage in shots, 19-5, and corner kicks, 3-1.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Johnson & Wales on Tuesday, Oct. 29 (3:30 p.m.).