October 28, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Senior forward Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) assisted on the opening goal and recorded a goal of his own late in the first half to propel the Rhode Island College menís soccer team to a 3-0 non-conference victory over cross-city rival Johnson & Wales on Tuesday night at the RIC Soccer Field.


 The game marked the final home contest for eight RIC (11-5-1) student-athletes. Asiedu was joined in the celebration by midfielder David Ricci (Smithfield, RI), forward Brian Sujecki (Pawcatuck, CT), midfielder Chuck Oddih (Pawtucket, RI), defender Jeff Sampaio (West Warwick, RI), defender Kwasi Boateng (East Hartford, CT), forward Sean Grant (Hope, RI) and forward Kevin Stone (Wakefield, RI).




RIC opened the scoring in the 34th minute when Asiedu lined up for a free kick from 35 yards out. He sent an in-swinging kick which found junior forward Jose Zarragaís (Providence, RI) head in a crowd in front of the net. Zarraga redirected the ball past Johnson & Wales (12-5-1) sophomore goalkeeper Jon Robbins (Berkley Heights, NJ) to give the Anchormen the 1-0 lead.


 RIC kept the pressure up and  struck pay dirt again in the 40th minute. Ricci sent a long throw into the box, which Zarraga headed across the net to an open area. Asiedu dove and sent the flying header past Robbins for the 2-0 lead. The last five minutes saw little action and the teams entered the half with RIC leading 2-0.


Freshman goalkeeper Adam Ghazal (Pawtucket, RI) made two saves in the half with Robbins also stopping two in the stanza. The Anchormen outshot the Wildcats 13-4 in the half.


 The Wildcats nearly broke up the shutout in the 56th minute, but senior forward Kyle Metzís (St. James, NY) shot was stopped by Ghazal. The Anchormen put the game out of reach in the 70th minute when Oddih stole the ball just outside the Wildcats 18-yard box and found Grant streaking to the net where he ripped a shot past Robbins to up the lead to 3-0.


Both defenses kept their form for the remaining 20 minutes with the game ending with the 3-0 score.


 Ghazal (9-5-1) stopped three shots in the victory, while Robbins (1-2) made five in the defeat. The Anchormen outshot the Wildcats 17-9 for the game, while JWU held a slight advantage in corner kicks, 6-4.


 In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will wrap up the regular season at Little East rival UMass Boston on Saturday, Nov. 1 (1 p.m.).