September 10, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Freshman goaltender Adam Ghazal (Pawtucket, RI) stopped seven shots and the Rhode Island College offense produced 11 shots, but it wasnít enough as the Anchormen fell to WPI, 2-0, in collegiate menís soccer action on Wednesday night.


The Anchormen (2-3) found themselves back on their respective heals early as the Engineer junior Chris Murray (Canton, MA) nodded a ball into Ghazalís arms just 1:26 into the game.


The Engineers (4-0) kept the pressure on until the 27:07 mark when junior Kurt Naugler (Westford, MA) buried a shot in the lower left corner to put the visitors up, 1-0. The play started when Anchormen junior defender Joseph Plude (East Haddam, CT) redirected a Murray throw-in straight up into the air in his own 18-yard box. Engineer sophomore Nate Peterson (Mashpee, MA) alertly headed across the box to the waiting Naugler, who banged home his first of the season into an open net.



 Senior back Kwasi Boateng


RIC picked up the pressure and sophomore midfielder Dan Monteiro (Pawtucket, RI) drew a yellow card on WPIís Zach Chapman (Groveland, MA) at the 36:36 mark of the first half. The ensuing free kick was blocked, but moments later Kwasi Boateng (East Hartford, CT) gave the Anchormen their best opportunity of the half when he headed the ball off a senior midfielder David Ricci (Smithfield, RI) corner, which was saved by WPI freshman goalkeeper Connor Hoeckele (Granby, CT). The half ended with Ghazal stopping three shots while his Hoeckele stopped two in the stanza.


The second half saw a tense, defensive battle with both sides trading shots early. Sophomore forward Matt Farrell (Groveland, MA) snapped that trend when he took a quick pass up the middle from senior Tynan MacLeod (Groton, MA) and broke in all alone, tapping the ball past Ghazal to double the WPI lead, 2-0, with his team-leading third marker of the season.


A high shot late in the half by RIC junior midfielder Jose Zarraga (Providence, RI) would be the closest the Anchormen came to breaking the WPI defense, which has now run its consecutive minute shutout streak to 360:00.


Ghazal stopped seven in the loss for the Anchormen, while Hoeckele notched his third shutout victory of the season with three saves.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Regis on Saturday, Sept. 13 (1 p.m.).