September 9, 2014



Newport, R.I.-Junior forward Gabrielle Turner (Smithfield, RI) notched two goals, while senior goalkeepers Audrey Maia (Norton, MA) and Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) combined to stop 14 shots, as the Rhode Island College women’s soccer team fell, 4-3, to Salve Regina University on Tuesday afternoon.


Freshman midfielder Stephanie Ricci (Smithfield, RI) gave the Anchorwomen (1-3) the lead early when she tallied her first collegiate goal, an unassisted tally, at the 7:49 mark of the first half. Maia kept the RIC lead at one with five saves until the 26:33 mark when Turner scored to extend the RIC advantage to 2-0.



 Junior forward Gabrielle Turner


The score remained 2-0 until the 43:30 mark when SRU (2-2) junior forward Melissa Figueiredo (East Bridgewater, MA) punched the ball into the back of the net to cut the RIC lead in half, 2-1, which is where it would stay until the end of the half.


Turner put the Anchorwomen back up by a pair with her second unassisted marker of the evening just 2:30 into the second half. The Seahawks answered back in the 54th minute when freshman Francesca Galeazzi (Lynn, MA) swept home a feed from junior Anna Shultz (Higganum, CT) to cut the lead to one, 3-2. Following the goal, Thoma came on in relief of Maia.


 The Seahawks continued to press for the equalizer, rattling off  seven straight shots, including one from Galeazzi at the 65:36 mark which rang off the post. The answer would come just 30 seconds later when Galeazzi poked home her second goal of the game to even the score at three.


 A corner kick at the 77:00 mark from Shultz led to a scramble in the RIC defending third.  Sophomore Ellie Dye (La Jolla, CA) took a feed from Shultz at the 77:24 mark and blasted it home to give the Seahawks the lead for good. The final 13 minutes saw several chances for the Anchorwomen, including a blast from Turner in the 87th minute that sailed just over the crossbar.


 Maia stopped eight shots in 54:03 of action, while Thoma stopped six. SRU Senior goaltender Angelina Saporito (Bristol, CT) made four saves in the victory.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Newbury on Saturday, Sept. 13 (2:30 p.m.).