Anchorwomen & Corsairs Battle to, 1-1, Double Overtime Tie

Erica Edwards
Erica Edwards

Providence, R.I.--Senior forward Brittany DeGrooth (Westerly, RI) scored the lone goal for the Rhode Island College women's soccer team as they battled UMass Dartmouth to a 1-1 double overtime tie in a Little East Conference contest played at Alumni Field on Wednesday evening.

THE BASICS
Rhode Island College 1, UMass Dartmouth 1 (2OT)
Rhode Island College (5-7-1, 2-3-1 LEC)
UMass Dartmouth (5-5-5, 2-3-1 LEC)

HOW IT HAPPENED
• UMass Dartmouth struck in the 14th minute when freshman midfielder Sarah Vieira (Dartmouth, MA) scored her first collegiate goal, putting in a shot from 10 yards out after a crossing pass from junior midfielder Elia Rath (Pawcatuck, CT), for the 1-0 lead.


• RIC's best scoring chance of the first half happened in the 30th minute when sophomore forward Soleil Galagarza (Pawtucket, RI) had a shot from 15 yards out that was stopped on a diving save by UMD sophomore goalkeeper Jaimee O'Brien (West Springfield, MA). 

• The shots were even, 5-5, at halftime.

• Both teams struggled offensively in the second half before DeGrooth had a free kick from just outside the box. Her pass narrowly missed junior midfielder Christina Armstrong (South Kingstown, RI), who was driving hard for a header attempt.

• DeGrooth finally got RIC on the board with just 8:21 left in regulation when she notched her 11th goal of the season, putting in a shot from 15 yards out after a feed by senior midfielder Olivia Capraro (North Providence, RI).

• RIC junior goalkeeper Erica Edwards (North Kingstown, RI) preserved the 1-1 tie for the Anchorwomen as she stopped a point-blank shot from freshman forward Jillian Prout (Dartmouth, MA) with just under four minutes left on the clock.

• Regulation would end in the 1-1 tie with both teams taking 12 shots over the first 90 minutes of action.

• The Anchorwomen had a pair of solid scoring opportunities in the 96th minute as Galagarza was stopped from 10 yards out and DeGrooth hit the post moments later.

• Rath had a blast from 20 yards out with two minutes left in the first overtime session that narrowly missed.

• Neither team could manage much in the second overtime period and the contest ended in the 1-1 tie.

• Edwards registered four stops in the tie for the Anchorwomen.

• O'Brien notched four saves in the first half and played the second overtime period, while senior goalkeeper Korina Miguel (New Bedford, MA) notched seven saves in the second half and the first overtime period for the Corsairs.

BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC held a 17-14 advantage in shots for the game. Both squads had four corner kicks. opportunities. 

WHAT'S NEXT
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Mass. Maritime on Monday, Oct. 15 (6 p.m.).