September 1, 2015



Worcester, Mass.-Sophomore forward Komla Dogbey (Providence, RI) scored a first half goal, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Rhode Island College men’s soccer team fell, 3-1, to Worcester State at John F. Coughlin Field on Tuesday evening in the season opener for both clubs.


The Anchormen (0-1) put pressure on Worcester State (1-0) early, with Dogbey and senior midfielder Thomas Wampler (Attleboro, MA) firing back-to-back shots, but senior goalkeeper Tim Schmidt (Southwick, MA) turned both aside to keep the game scoreless.


The Anchormen would maintain the edge and finally broke through when junior midfielder Evan Rosa (Rehoboth, MA) edged past the keeper and fed the ball to Dogbey to put RIC up, 1-0, at the 24:15 mark of the half. Neither team could break through in the remainder of the frame, sending the Anchormen into the locker room up by a goal.



 Sophomore forward Komla Dogbey


The second half saw the Lancers score three times in the first 15:53 of the stanza to open a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Worcester State knotted the game just 3:58 into the half when freshman forward Bryan Brasil (Williamsburg, MA) controlled a loose ball in the box and found the back of the net. WSU would strike again nearly 10 minutes later when Brasil sent a ball into the box from 10 yards out that found the foot of sophomore forward Etjon Rapi (Worcester, MA) who slipped it home to put the hosts up 2-1.


The final Lancers goal came in the 61st minute when senior midfielder Alfred Sogja (Shkoder, Albania) fed a pass to streaking sophomore midfielder Andre Ipojuca (Saugus, MA) who went in uncontested to put the Lancers up by a pair, 3-1. The Anchormen looked to cut into the lead with 2:31 remaining, but a blast by junior defender Issifou Kankarafou (Pawtucket, RI) rattled off the post. Worcester State was able to shut down the RIC offense for the remainder of the game to secure the victory.


Schmidt (1-0) made five saves in the victory, while RIC junior Alexander LaBreche (Lincoln, RI) and sophomore Cooper Ferreira (Westerly, RI) (0-1) stopped six in the defeat.


Worcester State held a 9-6 advantage in shots on goal.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will face Elms in semifinal action of the Ramapo President's Cup on Saturday, Sept. 5 (3:30 p.m.).