September 3, 2014



Providence, R.I.-A goal by senior forward Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) in the 93rd minute was the game-winner as the Rhode Island College menís soccer team came from behind to defeat Worcester State, 2-1, in overtime on Wednesday night at the RIC Soccer Field.


A defensive first half saw each side produce just one shot and one save, respectively. In the second frame, the pressure rose until the 57th minute when WSU (1-2) freshman midfielder Andre Ipojuca (Saugus, MA) broke the drought and put the Lancers up one to nil. A long ball up the right side from junior midfielder Alfred Sogja (Shkoder, Albania) to sophomore Steven Julius (Ashby, MA) was controlled and crossed to Ipojuca who potted it in the back of the net for his first collegiate strike.



 Senior forward Emmanuel Asiedu


Worcester State looked to be in control until a red card in the box in the 88th minute led to a RIC penalty kick. After a furious scrum, RIC junior forward Kevin Arboleda (Pawtucket, RI) whirled in the box and ripped a shot that hit senior defender Kyle Venne (Ludlow, MA) off the hand by the right post. Venne was sent off with the subsequent red card and junior forward Jose Zarraga (Providence, RI) calmly stepped up and drove the ball past keeper Tim Schmidt (Southwick, MA) to even up the contest. Playing a man up, the Anchormen kept the pressure on in the last two minutes and almost won the game in regulation when a cross into the box was narrowly missed by freshman forward Akiel Legall (Providence, RI).


The beginning of overtime saw the return of Asiedu from the bench where he had been sidelined following a collision early in the second half. In the 93rd minute, following a rare back-pass rule infraction, the Anchormen were granted an indirect kick within the 18-yard box. Arboleda started the play with a quick tap of the ball and Asiedu drove a low, left-footed shot, which curled into the far side netting for the victory.


RIC freshman goalie Adam Ghazal (Pawtucket, RI) stopped four of five shots in the victory (2-1), while junior Tim Schmidt (Southwick, MA) recorded four saves in the loss (1-2). The Anchormen finished the game with a 23-9 advantage in shots.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Roger Williams on Saturday, Sept. 6 (1 p.m.).