October 22, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Senior forward Sean Grant (Hope, RI) tallied his first two goals in an Anchorman uniform and senior captain Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) notched his fifth game-winning goal of the season as the Rhode Island College menís soccer team toppled Westfield State, 5-2, on a rain-soaked and windy RIC Soccer Field on Wednesday night.


RIC (9-5-1) freshman forward Komla Dogbey (Providence, RI) corralled a loose ball just 56 seconds into the game and fired a long shot that found its way past Westfield State (2-10-2) senior goalkeeper Keith Hevey (Chicopee, MA) to give the Anchormen the early 1-0 lead.


The Anchormen doubled their lead in the 21st minute when Grant found the ball after an Owls turnover and chipped it over Hevey for the 2-0 lead. Asiedu notched his first goal of the night in the 40th minute, taking the ball off another Owls miscue in the box to push the lead to 3-0, which is where it stayed entering the half.



 Senior forward Sean Grant


The Owls chipped into the lead just seven minutes into the second half when senior forward Dom Cavallini (Springfield, MA) took a cross from senior midfielder Nick Tavares (Ludlow, MA) and punched it past RIC sophomore goalkeeper Alexander LaBreche (Lincoln, RI). The Owls struck just eight minutes later when freshman defender Kieran Moriarty (West Springfield, MA) blasted a shot past LaBreche to cut the Anchormen lead to one, 3-2.


The game got more physical with RIC receiving a yellow card and the Owls a red in the 61st minute following a scuffle at midfield. Playing a man up, the Anchormen kept pressure on the Westfield State backline, finally breaking through in the 75th minute when Asiedu scored his second of the night following a blocked shot by the Owls.



 Sophomore goalkeeper Alexander LaBreche


After a RIC throw-in in the 89th minute, Asiedu fed fellow senior, forward Kevin Stone (Wakefield, RI) who controlled the ball and fed a pass to Grant who tucked it into the net to seal the victory for the hosts.

LaBreche (2-0) made seven saves in the victory, while Hevey (1-7-2) and freshman Alex Kraver (West Springfield, MA) combined for seven saves in the setback. 


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference action at Southern Maine on Saturday, Oct. 25 (2:30 p.m.).