September 27, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Senior midfielder David Ricci (Smithfield, RI) tallied the opening goal and classmate forward Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) notched two more as the Rhode Island College menís soccer team topped Western Connecticut, 4-2, in Little East Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the RIC Soccer Field.


Rhode Island College (6-3-1, 1-0-1 LEC) got on the board exactly one minute into the game when Ricci took a feed from freshman forward Komla Dogbey (Providence, RI), stepped inside the 18-yard box, and rifled a shot just inside the far post to put the Anchormen up, 1-0. Only 1:02 later, Asiedu took a long feed from junior defender Joseph Plude (East Haddam, CT) and slid it home to double the RIC lead, 2-1.


A Western Connecticut (3-5-1, 0-2-0 LEC) foul just inside the 18-yard box gave the Anchormen a penalty kick at the 12:11 mark. Asiedu stepped up and buried his second of the game to give the Anchormen the, 3-0,  early advantage.


RIC took a 4-0 lead when junior forward Kevin Arboleda (Pawtucket, RI) took a feed from freshman defender Ty Catunto (New Bedford, MA) and ripped it home in the 37th minute. The score remained 4-0 to close out the first half.



 Senior midfielder David Ricci


The Colonials struck early in the second half when freshman forward Shane Pugliese (Plainville, CT) found the ball in traffic and flicked it home to make the score 4-1 in the 53rd minute. Western kept the pressure up following the goal, but freshman goalkeeper Adam Ghazal (Pawtucket, RI) was up to the task, keeping the score at 4-1.


A long feed from senior midfielder Jon-Thomas Caprino (White Plains, NY) to freshman forward Shane Bierfeldt (Torrington, CT) was headed past Ghazal to cut the lead in half, 4-2, in the 65th minute. The Anchormen defense shut the door the rest of the way for the victory.


Ghazal (5-3-1) stopped five shots in the victory, while freshman Austin Tierney (East Hampton, CT) stopped three in the loss (2-4-1). Freshman Lennart vanít Kruis (Nijmegen, Netherlands) made three saves in relief for the Colonials.


The Anchormen are unbeaten in their last five games, going 4-0-1 during the streak.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Curry on Wednesday, Oct. 1 (7 p.m.).