Castleton State Defeats Women's Soccer, 4-2

Olivia Capraro
Olivia Capraro

Providence, R.I.—Freshman defender Audra Gracia (New Bedford, MA) scored her first career goal as the Rhode Island College women's soccer team fell, 4-2, against Castleton State in Little East Conference action played at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon.

Castleton State 4, Rhode Island College 2
Castleton State (3-5, 1-1 LEC)
Rhode Island College (3-5, 1-1 LEC) 

• The game saw a huge momentum swing in the opening 1:17. RIC senior forward Brittany DeGrooth (Westerly, RI) broke in and saw her point blank shot stopped by CSU sophomore goalkeeper Loren Henderson (Rutland, VT). As the Spartans marched into RIC territory, sophomore midfielder Julia Carone (Castleton, VT) set up freshman forward Taylor Mann (Hoosick Falls, NY) for her third goal of the season.

• In the 26th minute, senior defender Kaitie Sanders (Chittenden, VT) set up junior midfielder Makenzi Ballando (Carver, MA) for her second marker of the season to give the visitors a 2-0 advantage. Sanders took a corner kick that sailed in front of the net where Ballando fired two shots in succession, converting on the second one.

• Rhode Island College held a 10-8 advantage in shots in the first half, while the two clubs were tied with three corner kicks apiece.

• The Anchorwomen struck just 17 second into the second half as sophomore forward Soleil Galagarza (Pawtucket, RI) scored to cut RIC's deficit to one goal, 2-1.

• In the 54th minute, Castleton capitalized on a corner kick that was started by freshman forward Natasha Silva (Hiram, ME).

• After an Anchorwoman foul inside the box, sophomore forward Rylee Nichols (Clarendon, VT) scored on a penalty kick.

• Gracia netted her first collegiate goal after one-timing an attempted clearing pass from 30 yards out that sailed into the back of the net.

• RIC sophomore goalkeeper Carissa Gaglione (West Warwick, RI) made seven saves in the loss (2-1). Junior netminder Erica Edwards (North Kingstown, RI) did not make a save over the final 22 minutes of the game.

• Henderson was the Spartans' MVP, making 12 saves, several of which were on quality chances, to earn the win (3-5). 

• RIC led in shots (23-12) and corner kicks (6-3).

Audra Gracia

                                  Audra Gracia

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will begin a three-game road trip with a Little East contest at Plymouth State on Wednesday, Sept. 26 (3:30 p.m.).