October 11, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Junior defender Joseph Plude (East Haddam, CT) scored the game-tying goal and pitched in with an assist, while senior forward Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) tallied the game-winner in double overtime, as the Rhode Island College menís soccer team defeated Plymouth State, 4-2 (2OT) in Little East Conference action played at the RIC Soccer Field on Saturday afternoon.


The Anchormen (7-4-1, 2-1-1 LEC) applied pressure early with freshman forward Komla Dogbey (Providence, RI) finding the back of the net on a long feed from Plude in the ninth minute to put the hosts up, 1-0. 



 Junior Joseph Plude


PSU (3-7-1, 2-1-1 LEC) sophomore goaltender Felix Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) made several key stops over the remaining 36 minutes of the opening frame to keep the score 1-0 entering the half. RIC freshman goalkeeper Adam Ghazal (Pawtucket, RI) made three stops in the first stanza, while Lindeberg turned away five.


The Panthers knotted the score at 1-1 just 52 seconds into the second half when a Plymouth cross into the box was misplayed by the Anchormen defense and deflected past Ghazal into their own net. RIC nearly went ahead in the 56th minute when sophomore midfielder Devin Lambert (Albion, RI) blasted a low shot from 15 yards out, but Lindeberg deflected over the net with his foot.



 Senior Emmanuel Asiedu


A RIC foul in the box with 18:10 remaining in the second half led to a penalty kick for PSU freshman forward Nick Rutherford (Batesman Bay, New South Wales) who stepped up and calmly put the PK past Ghazal.


The lead was short-lived as Dogeby found junior forward Kevin Arboleda (Pawtucket, RI) for the equalizer just 15 seconds later.


Once again the visitors took the lead when junior forward Senad Mehmedovic (Concord, NH) fired a low cross across the box on to the foot of junior defender Graham Hughes (Billerica, MA), who redirected it past Ghazal to give the Panthers the 3-2 lead in the 75th minute.  


Plude then tied the game with a header off an Asiedu corner kick in the 81st minute.  The teams traded opportunities down the stretch, but neither team was able to capitalize. The game entered extra time with the score tied 3-3.



 Freshman Komla Dogbey


The first overtime frame saw no goals and the game looked to be heading for a tie until Arboleda drew a foul in the box in the 106th minute that gave the Anchormen a penalty kick of their own. Asiedu stepped up and buried his eighth goal of the season to give RIC the hard-fought 4-3 double overtime victory. It was the fourth penalty kick strike and fourth game-winning goal of the year.


Ghazal (6-4-1) finished with six saves in the victory, while Lindeberg (3-5-1) made 12 stops in the loss.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference action at home against Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Oct. 18 (1 p.m.).