October 19, 2016



Providence, R.I.-In their final regular season home game, Rhode Island College senior midfielders Jaclyn Greenman (Waterford, CT) and Chelsea Combs (Ashford, CT) helped Rhode Island College defeat UMass Dartmouth, 2-1, in an important Little East Conference women’s soccer win for the hosts on Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Field.


Rhode Island College (5-8-2, 2-2-1 LEC) took a huge step towards securing a berth in the upcoming 2016 Little East Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament by downing the Corsairs (5-9-2, 2-3-0 LEC). The Anchorwomen improved to 2-2-1 in the Little East, notching the best league mark for RIC since the 2007 squad went 4-3. The ’07 campaign was the last time Rhode Island College qualified for the league post-season tourney.



 Seniors Chelsea Combs and Jaclyn Greenman along with their families.


The hosts scored two goals 13 minutes apart in the first half, with the conditions playing a part in both markers. A failed clear in the 25th minute by UMD was corralled by sophomore midfielder Olivia Capraro (North Providence, RI), who then quickly passed the ball to her left where classmate midfielder Leah Gravel (Johnston, RI) was waiting. Gravel one-touched the ball to junior midfielder Stephanie Ricci (Smithfield, RI) who then lofted a high arcing shot towards the net. UMD junior goalkeeper Becca Field (Brentwood, NH) was staring directly into the setting sun and a steady wind blew the ball into the upper-90 before Field could get there.


A handball in the 38th minute set the stage for a Greenman free kick from about 30 yards out in the general area from where Ricci had scored. Field again was staring into the sun and Greenman fired a shot that dropped in just below the crossbar to stake the host to a 2-0 lead.


RIC took the lead into halftime and held a 6-3 advantage in shots and a 3-2 mark in corner kicks.


The final 45 minutes forced RIC junior goalkeeper Brianna Sousa (Warwick, RI) to face the setting sun as the visitors outshot the Anchorwomen, 11-3, in a furious comeback attempt. Freshman forward Jennifer Woehl (Middletown, RI) fired a corner kick to the far post where senior midfielder Erica Farias (Tiverton, RI) headed in a goal to pull UMD within one in the 58th minute. The Corsairs held a 6-1 advantage in corners, while Sousa made four saves in the frame to hold on to the victory.


Sousa made five saves in the win (1-4-1), her first in a RIC uniform, while Field stopped eight (1-2-1) in a losing effort. UMD led, 14-9, in shots and 8-4 in corner kicks.


Greenman and Combs were recognized along with their families prior to the start of the game as part of Senior Day.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference action at Plymouth State on Saturday, Oct. 22 (1 p.m.).