October 29, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Sophomore forward Jose Zarraga (Providence, RI) and sophomore midfielder Camilo Estrada (Pawtucket, RI) each finished with a goal apiece as the Rhode Island College men’s soccer team battled intra-state rival Johnson & Wales University to a 2-2 double overtime tie in a non-conference contest at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex on Tuesday afternoon.


Tuesday’s tie marks the fifth draw of the season for Rhode Island College (7-5-5), the most in a season for the Anchormen since 2008. RIC has also gone to overtime in nine of its 17 contests this season.


Johnson & Wales (12-1-5) took the early lead when sophomore midfielder Marcos Mendez (Brewster, WA) fed a cross to junior midfielder Dustin Hughes (Holden, MA). Hughes then slid a shot into the right corner of the net past RIC freshman goalkeeper Chris Moura (Rumford, RI) for the 1-0 lead in the 17th minute. However, in the final minutes of the first half, Estrada knotted the game in the 42nd minute when he blasted a free kick past sophomore goalkeeper Jon Robbins (Berkeley Hts., NJ) and into the back of the net from 25 yards out, sending the match into halftime even at one.



 Sophomore midfielder Camilo Estrada


JWU took the 2-1 lead in the 65th minute when freshman midfielder Xavier Carty (Mt. Vernon, NY) chipped in a shot over Moura’s head after a pass from junior midfielder Kyle Metz (St. James, NY). The lead would be short lived, however, as Zarraga tied the game at two thanks in part to a nifty assist from junior forward Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) in the 67th minute.  


Both team had scoring chances down the stretch, but neither could convert as regulation ended in a 2-2 tie. JWU controlled the action in the first overtime session with a 4-1 advantage in shots. The hosts couldn’t capitalize though, as the match headed into the second overtime period. Neither team could muster much offense in the final period as the contest ended in a 2-2 tie.


Robbins (0-0-2) made two stops for JWU, while Moura (5-5-5) made five saves for the Anchormen. Johnson & Wales outshot RIC, 20-10, and held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.


In upcoming action, In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host UMass Boston in its regular season finale on Saturday, Nov. 2 (1 p.m.).