November 2, 2016



Providence, R.I.--Junior forward Komla Dogbey (Providence, RI) scored just 2:26 into the first overtime period to give the second-seeded Rhode Island College men’s soccer team a thrilling, 1-0, victory over third-seeded Western Connecticut in the semifinals of the 2016 Little East Conference Tournament played at Alumni Field on Wednesday evening.


 With the win,  Rhode Island College (15-3-1) advances to the league title game for the second straight season and will face top seed UMass Boston on Saturday, Nov. 5. The Anchormen will be looking for the program’s second conference tourney championship (2008).


RIC had several solid scoring opportunities throughout the first half, but Western Connecticut (6-11-1) sophomore goalkeeper Luca DiCarlo (Waterbury, CT) was up to the task, making three saves in the first stanza as RIC outshot the visitors by a 7-4 margin in the scoreless first frame.



 Junior forward Komla Dogbey


The Anchormen were awarded a penalty kick at the 52:11 mark after a Western hand ball in the box, but DiCarlo dove to his left and stopped RIC senior midfielder Thomas Wampler’s (Attleboro, MA) attempt to keep the game scoreless. Wampleer was a perfect 2-for-2 in penalty kick attempts prior to tonight.


Both teams had their chances down the stretch in regulation, however DiCarlo and RIC senior goalkeeper Chris Moura (Rumford, RI) were equally impressive in the closing minutes to preserve the scoreless tie. Western Connecticut played the final 6:39 of regulation and all of the overtime period down a man after a Colonial player was whistled for a red card for a hard foul on Dogbey, who was breaking in down the far sideline.


RIC carried the momentum into the overtime session when junior midfielder Ty Catunto (New Bedford, MA) controlled the ball in the RIC end of the field and sent a long through ball to Dogbey down the far sideline for a breakaway. Dogbey battled past a defender and slipped a shot through DiCarlo’s legs from 10 yards out to give RIC the victory.


Moura tallied five saves in the win for RIC, while DiCarlo notched 12 stops in the setback for Western Connecticut. The Anchormen held the advantage in shots, 20-12, and corner kicks, 10-5.


The Anchormen lost the 2014 Little East Semifinal Game to UMass Boston, 1-0, and fell again in 2015, 2-1, in overtime in the final to the Beacons. This will be the third consecutive season RIC has traveled to UMB in the Little East playoffs.