September 17, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Senior goalkeeper Audrey Maia (Norton, MA) stopped 11 shots and sophomore midfielder Jaclyn Greenman (Waterford, CT) scored on a set piece, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Rhode Island College women’s soccer fell, 3-1, to Bridgewater State at the RIC Soccer Field on Wednesday night .


Rhode Island College (1-4) started the game strong, and almost took the lead when a shot from freshman midfielder Stephanie Ricci (Smithfield, RI) slammed off the crossbar in the 18th minute. Greenman’s shot off the rebound was saved by Bridgewater State (2-3) freshman keeper Courtney Banzi (Plymouth, MA) to keep the game scoreless.



 Sophomore midfielder Jaclyn Greenman


A foul on the visitors in the 30th minute set the stage for Greenman, who lined up for a free kick from 30 yards out. She struck the ball with her left foot and scored off the far post to give the Anchorwomen a 1-0 lead. The Bears looked to respond by sending balls over the top on the Anchorwomen, but weren’t successful as they finished with six offside calls in the stanza.


Momentum swung in the Bears favor right off the bat in the second half as Bridgewater State wasted no time getting on the board. Junior defender Carolyn Sessler (Plymouth, MA) took a one-touch pass from junior midfielder Mackenzie Hatfield (Whitman, MA) in the 51st minute and buried it in the back of the net to tie the game, 1-1. Freshman forward Courtney Pepin (Uxbridge, MA) also tallied an assist on the play.


The next 28 minutes saw numerous missed opportunities for the Bears, who were called for four more offside infractions during that time. A homerun pass finally connected in the 80th minute when Hatfield took a long ball from senior defender Ashley Aldred (Saugus, MA) to put the Bears up, 2-1. Hatfield took advantage of an Anchorwomen defensive miscue and scored an unassisted goal with just 21 seconds remaining.


Maia (1-2) made 11 saves in the loss, while Banzi (2-2) stopped four in the victory. The Anchorwomen were outshot 19-18 for the game and 13-8 in the second half.


Bridgewater was whistled for 14 offsides calls in the contest and had two additional goals late in the second half called back for their aggressiveness.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will open Little East Conference play at home against UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, Sept. 20 (Noon).