November 4, 2015



Willimantic, Conn.--Rhode Island College sophomore forward Komla Dogbey (Providence, RI) notched his sixth game-winning goal of the year late in the first half as the fourth-seeded Rhode Island College men’s soccer team topped the top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State Warriors, 1-0, in the semifinals of the 2015 Little East Conference Tournament played at Nevers Field on Wednesday afternoon.


The Anchormen (11-6) advance to face the No. 3 seed UMass Boston on Saturday afternoon for the Little East Championship. The Beacons topped the Anchormen, 2-0, in the two clubs’ regular season matchup played at the RIC Soccer Field on Sept. 19.


The Anchormen struck late in the first half on a spectacular header by Dogbey. Junior midfielder Dan Monteiro (Pawtucket, RI) cut across the middle of the field, fed freshman midfielder Dennis Vazquez (Providence, RI) who raced down the left side and sent a lofted cross that Dogbey snapped into the back of the net.



 Sophomore forward Komla Dogbey


Dogbey nearly doubled the lead in the late stages of the half when he broke in and sent a shot to the low right side, but Eastern (14-4-1) freshman goalkeeper Ryan Murphy (Cromwell, CT) was up to the task, making a diving save to keep the score, 1-0.


RIC junior goalkeeper Chris Moura (Rumford, RI) stopped four shots in the half and Murphy turned aside two in the stanza. RIC held a 7-5 advantage in shots and a slim, 2-1, advantage in corner kicks.


The Warriors and Anchormen traded opportunities through the first 20 minutes of the second half, the best being a shot by Dogbey that narrowly missed the short side post following a pass from senior midfielder José Zarraga (Providence, RI).


With time ticking down in the second half, the Warriors had a chance to equalize the game in the 74th minute when junior forward Tyler Jones (Vernon, CT) ripped a low shot from the top of the 18-yard box, but Vazquez slid in the way of the shot to block it and keep the score 1-0.


Though they controlled play for the final 15 minutes, Eastern couldn’t put one past Moura and the Rhode Island defense as the Anchormen avenged their, 1-0, double overtime loss from earlier in the season.


Moura (11-5) turned aside five shots in the shutout, while Murphy (14-4-1) stopped two in the loss. RIC held a 12-7 advantage in shots and a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks on the day.