Jake Elmslie – Sports Editor
Rhode Island College women’s soccer is now in the midst of what could turn out to be a crucial part of their schedule. Though, the Anchorwomen did not get things off to an auspicious start Saturday afternoon. Entering a four game homestand with a chance to improve to five thousandths and to gain a winning record in the conference, RIC fell flat in a 3-0 loss to the 2017 Little East champions and current conference leaders the Western Connecticut State University Colonials.
The game was defined for the Anchorwomen by their inability to get the ball out of their own end of the field. After taking the first two shots of the game, the Anchorwomen were seemingly on defense constantly and the team didn’t record another shot until nearly the last 10 minutes of the first half. This prevented the Anchorwomen from potentially taking advantage of the Colonial’s goalkeeper Karly Martin, a freshman making only the second start of her college career. RIC’s inability to generate offensive opportunities prevented them from testing the green goalkeeper.
The Colonial’s offensive efforts paid dividends early with a goal coming from freshman forward and team leading scorer, Kaleigh Panek, at the 10:53 minute mark with another coming from senior, Allison Oakley, 26:58 minutes into the contest. These goals came off of apparent breakdowns in RIC’s defense with Western Connecticut’s forwards quickly converting both scoring opportunities and leaving the Anchorwomen with little time to respond.
These offensive woes carried into the second half with RIC, only attempting two shots the entire second half. By the time Aileen Maloney scored 81:32 minutes into the game, it was clear RIC’s two game winning streak was going to come to a close.
With this loss, RIC falls to 5-7 as well as 2-3 in the Little East. The Anchorwomen will have a few days to regroup before their Wednesday night match up against the 5-5-3 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs. Kick off for that game is at 6 p.m. and like all home games, can be viewed right on campus at Alumni Field.