October 31, 2015



Gorham, MaineRhode Island College freshman forward Brittany DeGrooth (Westerly, RI) scored a hat trick and added one assist, while senior forward Gabrielle Turner (Smithfield, RI) scored one goal and added three helpers, as the Rhode Island College women’s soccer team closed out the 2015 season with a 4-3 overtime win against Southern Maine at Hannaford Field on Saturday afternoon.


Southern Maine (3-14, 0-7 LEC) started the game off with a pair of fantastic chances from senior CC Pelletier (West Newfield, ME), but RIC (3-14, 1-6 LEC) freshman goalkeeper Katherine Haley (Hope, RI) turned both shots away to keep the game scoreless.



 Senior forward Gabrielle Turner


The DeGrooth-Turner connection got going in the 12th minute, with Turner assisting on back-to-back DeGrooth tallies for the quick, 2-0, lead. The defenses would carry the play the rest of the way, with the score remaining the same heading into halftime. Haley turned aside three shots in the half and USM senior Marissa Temple (Grafton, MA) stopped three as well.


Southern Maine trimmed the deficit to one goal in the 54th minute when Pelletier fed sophomore Jessica Preble (Milo, ME) for her third goal of the season. Turner put the Anchorwomen back up by two in the 74th minute when she tallied her seventh of the season off a DeGrooth rebound. The Huskies struck again just 30 seconds later when Preble scored her second of the game off a feed from Pelletier to make the score 3-2.


The Huskies tied the game in the 80th minute when Pelletier found the back of the net off a cross from freshman Sarah Michaud (Candia, NH). The Anchorwomen had numerous chances to score in the final 10 minutes, but Temple was spectacular, keeping the game at 3-3 and forcing overtime.


The Anchormen would make the score 4-0 entering the halftime break when junior forward Nicholas Wolny (Woonsocket, RI) tallied his second of the season with assists going to sophomore forward Steven Cardoso (Pawtucket, RI) and sophomore midfielder Solomon Agyemang (Pawtucket, RI) in the 38th minute.



 Freshman forward Brittany DeGrooth


The Anchorwomen scored just 4:33 into the extra session, with Turner sending a pass over the Huskies' defense, which DeGrooth settled and blasted home for the 4-3 OT victory.


Haley (2-9) made five saves for RIC to earn the victory. Temple (3-14) stopped 13 in the loss. The Anchorwomen held a 22-11 advantage in shots.