September 6, 2014



Worcester, Mass.-Senior goalkeeper Audrey Maia (Norton, MA) recorded  five saves and fellow senior Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) recorded seven saves as the Rhode Island College women's soccer team fell, 9-0, to the Worcester State Lancers at Coughlin Field on Saturday afternoon.


The first half saw a scoreless back-and-forth battle until the 42nd minute when Worcester State senior midfielder Margo Clifford (Attleboro, MA) tallied the opening score for the Lancers. Clifford took a pass from classmate Shelby Archer (Dayville, CT) on the left side of the box then slid the ball into the net to give the Lancers the 1-0 lead. Thoma kept the Anchorwomen in the game, recording seven saves in the stanza.



 Freshman midfielder Stephanie Ricci


The Lancers wasted no time getting on the board in the second half when junior forward Alicia Macomber (Stoughton, MA) received a pass from senior Sarina Lathrop (Hopedale, MA) at the top of the box. Settling the pass, Macomber blasted the shot home to push the Worcester State lead to 2-0. The Macomber/Lathrop connection got on the board again two minutes later when Lathrop fed Macomber with a breakaway pass. Macomber then deked around Thoma and slid the ball home for her second goal of the contest.


Macomber finished off the natural hat-trick in the 56th minute when she took a pass from Clifford at the front of the net and tucked it into the left side for the 4-0 advantage.  With 56:05 played in the game, Maia entered the game in relief of Thoma who finished with seven saves.  Seniors Cassie Giardina (Pittsfield, MA), Shelby Archer and sophomores  Kendal Bergenholtz (Grafton, MA), Briana Moreno (Lynn, MA), and Sarah Kane (Sutton, MA) also scored in the Lancers victory.


The Anchorwomen were outshot 22-1 for the game and recorded 13 saves to the Lancers one. With the win Worcester State moves to 2-1 on the season while Rhode Island College drops to 1-2 with the loss.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Salve Regina on Tuesday, Sept. 9 (4 p.m.).