October 18, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Freshman forward Komla Dogbey (Providence, RI) had several near misses, including a shot that hit the post in the 10th minute, but the Rhode Island College menís soccer team lost a heartbreaker, 2-0, to Little East Conference foe Eastern Connecticut on Saturday afternoon at the RIC soccer field.


The Anchormen (8-5-1, 2-2-1 LEC) were the aggressors in the early going with senior defender Joseph Plude (East Haddam, CT) and Dogbey each testing Eastern Connecticut (9-3-2, 4-1 LEC) sophomore goaltender Greg Walton (Brunswick, ME) in the first 10 minutes. The teams battled for the next five minutes before a foul inside the RIC 18-yard box gave the Warriors a penalty kick.



 Freshman forward Komla Dogbey


Senior forward Jon DeCasanova (Glastonbury, CT) stepped up and ripped the shot past RIC freshman goalkeeper Adam Ghazal (Pawtucket, RI) to give the Warriors the 1-0 lead. ECSU kept the pressure up and doubled their lead in the 25th minute when freshman forward Sean Conway (Southington, CT) took a feed from classmate midfielder Xavier Doran (Hebron, CT) and slipped it past Ghazal for the 2-0 lead. The teams went scoreless the rest of the way with the score 2-0 entering halftime.


RIC opened the second half with early pressure, but couldnít find the net as several several shots went just wide. Junior forward Kevin Arboleda (Pawtucket, RI) ripped a shot from 15 yards out, but Walton was up to the task, keeping the score 2-0.


A break late in the second half saw Dogbey slip past a defender and send a low shot to the inside post but Walton made a spectacular save to maintain the shutout. The Warriors shut the door defensively late and finished the game with the victory.


RIC received two yellow cards and one red card (bench) for the match. The Warriors received one yellow card. Ghazal (7-5-1) made one save in the loss, while Walton (9-3-2) stopped seven, earning his sixth clean sheet on the year.  The Anchormen held a 23-6 advantage in shots for the game.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Westfield State on Wednesday, Oct. 22 (6 p.m.).