September 1, 2015



Chicopee, Mass.-Rhode Island College got tallies from senior forward Gabrielle Turner (Smithfield, RI) and junior midfielder Chelsea Combs (Ashford, CT) as the Anchorwomen fell, 3-2, to Elms College at Leary Field on Tuesday night in the season-opener for both clubs.


The Blazers (1-0) struck first when junior defender Kathleen Tuechler (Farmingdale, NY) heading in a corner kick from sophomore midfielder Jackie Soucia (Belchertown, MA) at the 31:17 mark of the first half.


RIC (0-1) would respond less than five minutes later when Combs found the back of the net off a feed from sophomore midfielder Brooke Morris (Lincoln, RI) at the 35:44 mark. The teams went into halftime tied at one apiece.



 Junior midfielder Chelsea Combs


The Anchorwomen nearly broke the tie in the 58th minute when junior midfielder Jaclyn Greenman (Waterford, CT) ripped a shot that rattled off the post. The Blazers would finally break the deadlock when sophomore forward Brie Voight (Springfield, MA) corralled a loose ball in the box and slipped it past RIC freshman goalkeeper Katherine Haley (Hope, RI) in the 66th minute. Turner would respond just 2:08 later when her 25-yard free kick found the back of the net to tie the game, 2-2.


The tie would be short-lived, however, as Blazer senior midfielder Michelle Rossignol (Manchester, CT) found a loose ball and fed freshman midfielder Danielle Asklar (Berlin, CT) for what proved to be the eventual game-winner.


Haley (0-1) made 12 saves in her college debut, while Elms senior goalkeeper Alexa Rinaudo (Bellmore, NY) (1-0) stopped four in the victory. Elms held a 19-9 advantage in shots and a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Worcester State on Saturday, Sept. 5 (1 p.m.).