October 24, 2015



Providence, R.I.—Rhode Island College senior forward Gabrielle Turner (Smithfield, RI) tallied the lone Anchorwomen goal as RIC fell, 7-1, to Eastern Connecticut in Little East Conference women’s soccer action played at the RIC Soccer Field on Saturday afternoon.


It was senior day for the Anchorwomen (2-14, 0-6 LEC), which saw them honor Turner, their lone senior, in a pregame ceremony. With the victory, the Warriors (12-3-1, 6-0 LEC) clinch the Little East Regular Season Championship and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming tournament, while the loss eliminates the Anchorwomen from postseason contention.


The Warriors struck in the third minute when sophomore forward Nikki Basilicato (Guilford, CT) redirected a corner kick by sophomore defender Maggie Bodington (Stratford, CT) to fin the back of the net for the early, 1-0, advantage.


The Warriors doubled their advantage in the 23rd minute when sophomore midfielder McKenzie Reimondo (Portland, CT) finished a cross from sophomore forward Emily Becher (Brooklyn, CT) for her first goal of the season.



 Senior Gabrielle Turner and her family on Senior Day.


Eastern extended its lead in the 27th minute with Becher tallying her 14th goal of the season off a long feed from Basilicato, her second assist of the game.  The Anchorwomen responded just five minutes later when freshman defender Arden Goguen (Mattapoisett, MA) corralled a loose ball 35 yards out and chipped a pass to Turner who ripped a shot from the top of the 18-yard box to make the score 3-1.


Eastern struck back quickly with Basilicato netting her second of the contest off a corner kick by sophomore defender Michele D’Agata (West Suffield, CT) in the 36th minute. Becher struck for her second of the game in the 40th minute when took a throw in from Bodington and raced past the defense to make the score 5-1. Eastern senior midfielder Maggie Sayers (Windsor Locks, CT) notched an unassisted marker in the 44th minute to make the score 6-1 Warriors heading into the break.


RIC freshman goalkeeper Stefanie Togbasi (Providence, RI) made eight saves in the half and ECSU senior keeper Rachel Skelton (East Lyme, CT) stopped one in the frame. Eastern held a 20-5 advantage in shots in the stanza.


The second half saw each team garner scoring chances, the best being a shot by RIC freshman forward Brittany DeGrooth (Westerly, RI) who ripped a shot that rattled off the crossbar. The Warriors had several point blank shots of their own, but RIC forward turned goalie, freshman Olivia Capraro (North Providence, RI), stood tall, only allowing a late goal to freshman midfielder Tara Shayler (Avon, CT) in the 90th minute.


Togbasi (0-5) and Capraro combined for 13 saves with Skelton (11-3-1) and sophomore Kaley Kennedy (Enfield, CT) combined to stop two in the victory. ECSU held a 20-3 edge in shots on goal and a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will close out its season at Southern Maine on Saturday, Oct. 31 (1 p.m.).