October 15, 2014



Fitchburg, Mass.-Junior forward Gabrielle Turner (Smithfield, RI) tallied her 10th goal of the season, while senior goaltenders Audrey Maia (Norton, MA) and Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) combined for 14 saves, as the Rhode Island College women’s soccer team fell on the road, 3-1, to Fitchburg State in non-conference action on Wednesday night.


Fitchburg (3-10-1) struck first when senior midfielder Sierra Santos (Lakeville, MA) took a feed from senior midfielder Mikaela Foley (Jefferson, MA) and slipped a shot past Rhode Island College’s (2-11) Maia in the 27th minute. Foley doubled the lead for the Falcons when she tallied an unassisted marker in the 44th minute to give the hosts the 2-0 lead heading into the half.



 Junior Gabrielle Turner


Maia stopped 12 in the half, while her counterpart senior Kelsey Ford (Laconia, NH) made two saves for the Falcons.


The Falcons wasted no time adding to their lead when sophomore defender Samantha Zina (Abington, MA) took a feed from sophomore midfielder Carolyn Ciccatelli (Rochester, MA) to give Fitchburg the 3-0 advantage.


 Ford kept the shutout going into the late stages of the game until Turner found a loose ball and ripped it into the back of the net to get the Anchorwomen on the board in the 87th minute.  That would be all the scoring for RIC as the Falcons took the game, 3-1.


The RIC goaltenders split action with Maia (1-8) stopping 12 shots in the first half and Thoma making two saves in the second.


Ford (3-10-1) stopped eight in the game, with six of those coming in the second half. The Falcons held a 26-15 advantage in shots while the Anchorwomen held the edge in corner kicks, 8-5.


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