September 24, 2016



Providence, R.I.-The Rhode Island College women’s soccer team battled UMass Boston to a 1-1 double overtime tie in a Little East Conference matchup played at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon. 


RIC (3-3-1, 1-0-1 LEC) got on the board first in the 28th minute when junior midfielder Stephanie Ricci (Smithfield, RI) took control of the ball near the middle of the pitch and played a perfect through ball to senior midfielder Chelsea Combs (Ashford, CT). Combs then sent a crossing pass to sophomore midfielder Eleni Grammas (Cranston, RI) who blasted in a shot from 15 yards out for the 1-0 lead. The goal was the team-best fourth goal of the season for Grammas. The Anchorwomen took the one goal lead leading into halftime after a 12-5 advantage in shots for the stanza.



 Sophomore forward Eleni Grammas


UMB (1-7-1, 0-1-1 LEC) pressured throughout the second half and manufactured a corner kick with 15 seconds left in regulation. On the ensuing corner kick, RIC was whistled for a hand ball in the box and UMass Boston was awarded a penalty kick with just six seconds left. Senior defenseman Alexandria Levesque (Methuen, MA) then converted the penalty kick for her first goal of the season to knot the game at 1-1 and send the contest into overtime.


UMass Boston controlled the action in the first 10-minute overtime period, outshooting RIC by a 6-1 margin. The Beacons couldn’t capitalize, however, as the game headed into the second overtime session.  It was the Anchorwomen with the push offensively in the second overtime period, outshooting UMass Boston by a 3-0 margin.  RIC also failed to capitalize as the two teams settled for the 1-1 tie. 


RIC held a 29-21 advantage in shots, while the visitors led in corner kicks, 4-3.


Freshman goalkeeper Amber-Marie Francois (Warwick, RI) recorded 13 saves for RIC, while sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Fugiel (Easthampton, MA) notched 14 stops for the Beacons.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Regis on Tuesday, Sept. 27 (4 p.m.).