Providence, R.I.-The Rhode Island College women's soccer team opened the 2017 campaign with a 4-2 setback against Curry in a non-conference contest played at Alumni Field on Friday night.
The two teams battled back and forth throughout the first half with both squads having solid scoring chances throughout the stanza. Curry (1-0) narrowly missed getting on the board with less than 10 seconds left in the first half when a shot from senior midfielder Cassandra Grasso (Wilmington, MA) bounced off the post to send the game into halftime in a scoreless tie. Curry held a 6-4 advantage in shots through the first 45 minutes.
RIC (0-1) broke the deadlock at the 52:02 mark as senior midfielder Stephanie Ricci (Smithfield, RI) blasted in a shot from just outside the top of the box, off the post and in to put the Anchorwomen up 1-0. Curry answered just over a minute later when Grasso converted a penalty kick to knot the game at 1-1. The Colonels took their first lead of the game at the 55:40 mark when freshman forward Tayla Randall (Walpole, MA) dropped in a shot after free kick from senior defender Jules Petrucelli (Milford, CT).
Curry upped its lead to 3-1 at the 75:14 mark when sophomore midfielder Megan Ladner (Bourne, MA) started a breakaway and fed a pass to freshman Soleil Galagarza (Pawtucket, RI), who connected on a shot from 15 yards out. The visiting Colonels made the score 4-1 when Grasso notched her second goal of the game on an unassisted tally at the 78:09 mark. RIC cut the lead down to two, 4-2, with 6:21 remaining on an unassisted goal by sophomore midfielder Breanne Ford (Schenectady, NY).
Curry held a 16-10 advantage in shots and a 5-2 mark in corner kicks. Sophomore goalkeeper Erica Edwards (North Kingstown, RI) had six saves in goal in the loss (0-1) for the hosts, while sophomore Kristen Buzzotta (Lynnfield, MA)notched two stops in the victory (1-0) for Curry.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Suffolk on Sunday, Sept. 3 (Noon).