HOW IT HAPPENED
RIC had several scoring chances early, including a shot from
senior All-New England forward Komla Dogbey (Providence, RI)
that was saved by Southern Maine freshman Richard Glemawu (Accra,
Ghana) in the 25th minute, to keep the Anchormen off
With 8:28 left in the first half,
RIC was whistled for a handball in the box. On the ensuing penalty
kick, Tashjian stopped the first shot from senior forward Charlie
Mull (Portland, ME). Mull had another shot on the rebound, which
was again stopped by Tashjian. On the third shot of the sequence,
Mull found the back of the net to put the Huskies up 1-0.
In the 45th minute, RIC
knotted the game when sophomore midfielder Michael Faria (West
Warwick, RI) took a shot that was blocked by the Southern Maine
defense. Vazquez collected the loose ball and buried a shot from 25
yards out for the equalizer.
The two teams headed into halftime
deadlocked, 1-1, with RIC holding a 9-6 advantage in shots for the
Southern Maine was awarded its
second penalty kick of the game after a RIC foul in the box in the
50th minute. Tashjian was once again equal to the task as
he made the stop to preserve the 1-1 tie.
Southern Maine took a 2-1 lead in
the 67th minute when a failed clear by RIC was knocked
down by sophomore midfielder Austin Farwell (Windham, ME).
Farwell then fed a pass to freshman midfielder Riley Dinsmore-Patch
(Eliot, ME) who put in a shot from 10 yards out to give the
Huskies the advantage.
RIC answered quickly as Dogbey
scored on a shot just inside the far post after assists from Vazquez
and Faria in the 70th minute to even the score at 2-2.
Regulation ended in a 2-2 tie with
Southern Maine holding a 16-15 advantage in shots after 90 minutes
Faria had a header from five yards
out just over two minutes into overtime, but a diving save by
Glemawu would keep the score tied.
RIC outshot USM, 6-0, in the first
overtime stanza, but couldnt capitalize as the game headed into a
second overtime period.
At the 102:48 mark, Southern Maine
was whistled for a foul in the box when Vazquez was taken down on a
scoring rush. Vazquez then blasted in the penalty kick to give RIC
the thrilling, 3-2, victory.
Tashjian (3-2-1) made five stops
for RIC in the win, while Glemawu (3-4) tallied 10 saves for
Southern Maine in the setback.