November 1, 2016



Danbury, Conn.--Freshman forward Alexandra Natale (Ledyard, CT) tallied the first goal of her collegiate career as the sixth-seeded Rhode Island College women’s soccer team wrapped up the 2016 campaign with a 6-3 setback against third-seeded Western Connecticut in first round action of the 2016 Little East Conference Tournament.


Western Connecticut (13-5-2) jumped out to the early lead when junior forward Autumn Sorice (Bethel, CT) scored the first of her three goals for the evening, putting in a pass from junior midfielder Andrea DeVoe (Farmington, CT) just 2:28 into the contest.  Sorice then tallied an unassisted goal at the 13:32 mark to put the Colonials up 2-0. Rhode Island College (6-11-2) cut into the lead in the 16th minute as junior midfielder Stephanie Ricci (Smithfield, RI) put in her fourth goal of the season, an unassisted tally, to make the score 2-1.



 Freshman forward Alex Natale


Sorice struck again at the 19:33 mark as her third goal of the contest put Western Connecticut up by two, 3-1.  The Colonials tacked on two more goals in the stanza, first from sophomore midfielder Lucy Daniels (Bethel, CT) and then from sophomore forward Allison Oakley (Beekman, NY), to take the 5-1 advantage heading into halftime. Western Connecticut out shot RIC by a 16-7 margin in the stanza.


The host Colonials extended their lead to 6-1 at the 51:41 mark as freshman midfielder Bailey Julian (Simsbury, CT) scored with an assist to senior midfielder Celia DeVoe (Farmington, CT). The Anchorwomen made the score 6-2 in the 76th minute when sophomore forward Eleni Grammas (Cranston, RI) took a shot that hit the crossbar. Sophomore forward Brittany DeGrooth (Westerly, RI) collected the rebounded and put in a shot into the back of the net for her seventh goal of the season.


RIC closed the gap to 6-3 at the 86:52 mark when Natale scored with an assist credited to senior midfielder Jaclyn Greenman (Waterford, CT). That would be all the scoring for the evening, however, as Western Connecticut held on for the 6-3 victory. The Colonials held a 26-15 advantage in shots for the contest.


Junior Elsa Almeida (Coventry, RI) made seven saves in goal, while junior Brianna Souza (Warwick, RI) notched five saves in the setback for RIC. Sophomore Serena Gunter (Sterling, CT) had six stops in the win for Western Connecticut.