October 18, 2014



Willimantic, Conn.-Sophomore defender Angela Ragosta (Greenville, RI) scored the lone goal as the Rhode Island College womenís soccer team suffered a 5-1 setback at Eastern Connecticut on Saturday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.


Eastern freshman forward Emily Becher (Brooklyn, CT), the top rookie scorer in the Little East Conference, had two goals and an assist as the Warriors clinched a conference playoff berth in the victory.


A winner of four straight, Eastern (9-5-1, 3-2-0 LEC) entered action in a three-way tie for fourth place, but moves into a tie for third place following UMass Bostonís 3-2 victory over visiting Keene State today. UMass Boston and Keene shared second place prior to Saturday.



 Sophomore defender Angela Ragosta


The win is the 16th against four losses and a tie in this series with Rhode Island (2-12-0, 0-5-0 LEC), which had upset the Warriors, 1-0, a year ago in Providence.


Becher and freshman forward Nikki Basilicato (Guilford, CT) gave Eastern a 2-0 halftime lead and the Warriors later scored twice in a span of less than three minutes to make it 5-0 with 15 minutes left. Becher contributed her team-leading ninth and 10th goals of the year in the match and also assisted on Basilicatoís fourth of the year in the 24th minute.


Freshman midfielder McKenzie Reimondo (Portland, CT) was credited with her first collegiate point when she assisted on Becherís second goal five minutes into the second half, and junior midfielder Maggie Sayers (Windsor Locks, CT) came off the bench to post her first collegiate goal when she scored into an open net in the 76th minute.


Junior goalkeeper Rachel Skelton (East Lyme, CT) and freshman goalkeeper Katie Dadio (Hamden, CT) combined on the win in net. RIC senior goalkeeper Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) replaced senior starter Audrey Maia (Norton, MA) 13 minutes into the match with their team trailing 1-0. Thoma made eight saves.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Southern Maine on Saturday, Oct. 25 (1 p.m.).