Women's Soccer Ends 2018 Season in Loss to Warriors

The 2018 Women's Soccer Senior Class with their families
The 2018 Women's Soccer Senior Class with their families

Providence, R.I.--The Rhode Island College women's soccer team saw their season come to an end in a 1-0 overtime loss vs. Eastern Connecticut in a Little East Conference game played at Alumni Field on Friday evening.

It was the final games in the career of RIC seniors Olivia Capraro (North Providence, RI), Elena Couto (Coventry, RI), Leah Gravel (Johnston, RI) and Brittany DeGrooth (Westerly, RI). The group was honored in a ceremony prior to the contest.

THE BASICS
Eastern Connecticut 1, Rhode Island College 0 (OT)
RIC (7-10-1, 2-5-1 LEC)
Eastern Connecticut (11-6, 6-2-1 LEC)

HOW IT HAPPENED
•  Eastern Connecticut had a solid scoring chance in the 19th minute when senior defender Lauren Valenti (Walpole, MA) blasted a shot from 15 yards out that was saved by RIC junior goalkeeper Erica Edwards (North Kingstown, RI). RIC freshman defender Madeline McNally (Warren, RI) then cleared the loose ball just before it crossed the goal line to preserve the scoreless tie.

• The two teams headed into halftime deadlocked, 0-0, with Eastern Connecticut holding an 8-2 advantage in shots for the stanza.

• Both teams struggled offensively in the second half with the visiting Warriors outshooting RIC by a 7-1 margin. Regulation would end in the scoreless tie, which sent the contest into the first 10 minute overtime period.

• ECSU had a 15-3 advantage in shots for the first 90 minute of play. The Warriors were forced to play the final minute of regulation and the overtime period down a player as one of their midfielder's was given their second yellow card in the 90th minute.

• With 1:53 left in the first overtime period, Eastern Connecticut was awarded a corner kick that was taken by senior midfielder Aly Clarke (Mystic, CT). Clarke sent the ball into the box where sophomore defender Emily Kratochwil (Stratford, CT) collected the loose ball and sent a pass to senior forward Nikki Basilicato (Guilford, CT). Basilicato then buried a shot into the back of the net from three yards out to give Eastern Connecticut the 1-0 overtime victory.

• Edwards notched four saves for RIC, while senior goalkeeper Kayla Labrecque (Westhampton, MA) recorded one stop for Eastern Connecticut. 

BY THE NUMBERS
• Eastern Connecticut had the 16-4 advantage in shots and the Warriors also had the 6-3 advantage in corner kicks in the contest.