September 14, 2016



Providence, R.I.-The Rhode Island College women’s soccer team suffered a hard-fought, 1-0, setback against Bridgewater State in a non-conference contest played at Alumni Field on Wednesday afternoon. The lone goal by Bridgewater State broke a string of nearly 330 scoreless minutes and gave the Bears their win of the season.


Bridgewater State (1-2-1) controlled the action early and had a 15-4 advantage over RIC (1-3) in shots before breaking the scoreless tie in the 40th minute. Sophomore forward Kelsie Mitchell (Bristol, RI) took possession of the ball from 25 yards out and blasted a shot that caromed off the cross bar and bounced straight down into the RIC goal to put Bridgewater State up 1-0. The visiting Bears took the one goal lead heading into halftime after outshooting the Anchormen by a 16-5 margin.



 Sophomore forward Eleni Grammas


Rhode Island College turned it around in the second half and put the pressure on during a ten minute stretch midway through the stanza. The run was highlighted by a scoring chance with just over 20 minutes left on the clock. Freshman forward Madyson Christian (Douglas, MA) was fouled just outside the box for the Anchorwomen. On the ensuing free kick, senior midfielder Jaclyn Greenman (Waterford, CT) ripped a shot that was blocked by the wall to preserve the 1-0 advantage for the visitors.


The Anchorwomen had several scoring changes down the stretch, which included back-to-back shots from sophomore forward Eleni Grammas (Cranston, RI) and sophomore defender Nicole Grammas (Cranston, RI) that were turned aside by Bridgewater State junior goalkeeper Lauren DeSousa (Taunton, MA) to preserve the win for the Bears.


DeSousa recorded the shutout with seven saves for BSU, while freshman goalkeeper Amber-Marie Francois (Warwick, RI) had nine stops in the loss for RIC.  


The Bears, which had mustered only 30 shots in three games, outshot the Anchorwomen, 24-15.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will open Little East Conference play at home against Southern Maine on Saturday, Sept. 17 (1 p.m.).