Enrique Castaneda-Pineda–Sports Editor
Rhode Island College’s Men’s Soccer team managed to defeat Bridgewater State at home this week in an exciting match.
The team started off the first period with two saves by RIC goalie, Charlie Tashjian, as Bridgewater State continuously sent a barrage of shots his way. With nine shot attempts in the first period, Tashjian saved four of those nine, with the other shots being off target. RIC picked up several fouls throughout the game, nearly doubling the amount of their opponents. Luckily, this did not result in any major disruptions for the team.
The first period saw an aggressive Bridgewater State, though neither team could find a way to score. Within the first three minutes of the second period, Bridgewater managed to slip one past Tashjian, which would then light up the RIC offense. After letting up that goal, RIC immediately answered back with a goal by Dennis Vazquez, which was assisted by Komla Dogbey.
Not even five minutes later, did RIC score again with a header by Elimane Seye off of a throw-in by Ty Catunto. This would give RIC a comfortable 2-1 lead after 53 minutes, as neither team would be able to find the back of the net again, resulting the final score. Two saves from Tashjian insured their victory as they would move on to play Eastern Connecticut State in their first Little East Conference match.
Against Eastern Connecticut State, both teams attacked the goal, but neither could manage to score. RIC had a total of seven shot attempts in the first period while Eastern Connecticut had five. Tashjian maintained his dominance as goalie, stopping every ball that came his way to insure his opponents would not take a lead.
At minute 79, Dennis Vazquez had a great free kick for a goal to finally take the lead. With only 10 minutes left, Eastern Connecticut could not find a way to tie the game, giving RIC the W this week.
With a current 2-3-1 record, the team has a home game on Saturday against University of Southern Maine.