Women’s Soccer face Eastern Connecticut at home

Enrique Castaneda-PinedaSports Editor

This week, the Rhode Island College Women’s Soccer team faced against Bridgewater State away from home and returned to host Eastern Connecticut.

Against Bridgewater State, it was very telling what kind of game it would be within the first 15-20 minutes. Bridgewater had four shot attempts within that time frame, with one of the shots getting past goalie, Carissa Gaglione. It did not stop there, as Bridgewater State continued to attack the goal with seven more shot attempts by the end of the first period, with another shot getting in the goal. This brought their lead over RIC to 2-0 at half-time.

Bridgewater State had a total of 11 shot attempts in the first period, but were not nearly done yet. Erica Edwards subbed in as goalie for RIC to provide some rest for Gaglione, when Bridgewater let loose with three shots in the first six minutes, with the final shot resulting in a goal. They continued their aggressive striking with another four shots on goal in the span of four minutes, resulting in another goal for RIC’s dominant opponents.

Another four shots by Bridgewater led to their final goal of the game, bringing their score to 5-0. In total, Bridgewater had 23 shots over the whole game, while RIC only had eight.

Against Eastern Connecticut, they continued to get bombarded with shots by their opposition, with a total of 34 shots over the course of the game. RIC, however, was only able to get three shots against Eastern Connecticut. Out of the 34 shots, three goals were allowed by goalie, Edwards, with 13 recorded saves. The game was another tough loss for the Anchorwomen as their record would now become 1-4.

The team will have a home game against Dean on Monday, Sept. 18, and then travel away on Wednesday and Saturday to face Framingham State and University of Southern Maine.

Men’s Soccer overcome Bridgewater State

 Enrique Castaneda-PinedaSports 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.

Women’s Volleyball with back-to-back wins at home

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda-Sports Editor

Women’s Volleyball has managed to achieve a positive record after a back-to-back win against Salve Regina and Framingham State. After starting off the season with two losses, the team is now on a three-game win streak.

The first game of the season against Mount Saint Mary (MSM), was a tough competition for both teams as they went to five sets to decide the winner. The teams traded wins as Rhode Island College took the first and third set, and MSM won the second and fourth set to push it to set five. In this final set, they played to 15 instead of 25, but the Anchorwomen could not maintain the lead, losing 15-13 to lose the match.

The following game against Babson College was a 3-0 that knocked RIC to a 0-2 record. After Babson, the team faced their second opponent of the day against Smith. They bounced right back from the loss to sweep Smith instead, bringing them to a 1-2 record.  

RIC was faced with Worcester State, which was their second game in four that went to five sets. The first set went to Worcester State after a grueling back and forth set. With a final score of 28-26, the set went over the normal games of 25 points due to the fact that a team must win by two. RIC took the following set to even out the score, but both teams blew each other out in the following two sets to bring it to set five. Though a tough match, it was another 15-13 loss for RIC.

However, RIC was able to start their winning streak with a game against Curry. Jessica Brielmaier, Courtney Lambrese and Jillian Ward had a combined 38 kills against Curry. They maintained control in the first two sets, but could not hang on to the third set to seal Curry’s fate. After the lost set, RIC recovered and won the fourth and final set.

The Anchorwomen then faced a double header at home, against Salve Regina and Framingham State. Against Salve Regina, the team had an impressively high kill count of 61, with Lambrese and Ward making up 42 of the 61 points. The team dominated the first set with a 25-17 victory, and just barely took the second set 25-23. Salve would not go down without a fight, though, managing to win the third set 24-26, but it only prolonged the inevitable as RIC took the fourth set. They moved on to the next game against Framingham State, where RIC maintained their dominance. They swept Framingham state as they won 25-21, 25-22, and 25-9.

The team has two more matches at home against Clark University and UMass Boston, with a current record of 4-3.  

Women’s Tennis start season 4-0

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda-Sports Editor

The Women’s Tennis team has remained undefeated after four games, winning every match almost 9-0.

In the first match against Lesley, Rhode Island College defeated their opponents to start the semester off with a victory. The team for singles matches were made up of Dayne Reilly, Grace Zangari, Katherine Braganca, Laura Nastasi, Hailey Raskob and Serena Bobola. For the doubles, Dayna Reilly and Emily Orticerio, Katherine Braganca and Laurel Ten Eyck, and finally Victoria Vittori and Grace Zangari.

Against Salve Regina, the team won every match again, except Laurel Ten Eyck was subbed in for Serena Bobola in the singles competition, and Isabella Romeo subbed for Ten Eyck in the doubles competition. Olivia Campanella made her debut against Suffolk in singles matches as the team, once again, cleared out their competition.

Finally, though winning overall 8-1, the team suffered their first loss match against Plymouth State as Kerstin Venincasa and Jenna Sundquist defeated Braganca and Romeo.

The team will have two matches away against Clark University and Eastern Nazarene College on Tuesday and Thursday. They will return home to have matches against Salem State University on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.   

Women’s Soccer defeat Salve Regina at home

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda-Sports Editor

The Women’s Soccer team had four games at home to open the season, however, a game against Dean College had to be postponed.

Against Curry, both teams remained silent in the scoring department as neither team was able to put up a goal. Curry had six shot attempts, while Rhode Island College had four, but this only pushed them more in the second period, as Curry had 10 shot attempts and RIC had six. RIC led the scoring barrage with a goal by Stephanie Ricci. Curry then scored two goals back to back, one from a penalty kick. Curry accumulated two more shots, bringing the score up to 4-1. Finally, RIC’s Breanne Ford scored to help close the gap, but it was too much of a lead with too little time to come back. The final score stayed at 4-2 as the ladies moved on to battle Suffolk.

Suffolk came at RIC in the first 30 minutes with five corner kicks and four shots on goal. Finally, Suffolk scored at the 30 minute mark to take the lead and hold it going into the second period. After the half, a foul in the penalty area resulted in a penalty kick for RIC’s Stephanie Ricci. Bringing the score to an even 1-1, RIC and Suffolk proceeded to go back and forth with almost 20 shots combined. Nearing the end of the match, it the game seemed like it was going to go into overtime until a last minute goal by Suffolk pushed them past the finish line with a victory.

Finally, against Salve Regina, both teams had seven shots on goal with no scoring done. In the second period, Salve had a total of 12 shots on goal, while RIC made sure they had quality over quantity. Starting the second period, in the first 10 minutes Olivia Capraro scored a penalty kick to take the lead. Right behind her was another goal by Brittany DeGrooth with an assist by Capraro, which brought the Anchorwomen to a 2-0 lead. Late in the game, Salve managed to score a goal, but it would not be enough to retake the lead.

The ladies are now 1-2 with an away game at Bridgewater State on Wednesday, but they return home to face Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Men’s Soccer off to a rough start

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda-Sports Editor

The Men’s Soccer team is off to a rough start after starting their season with two home games against Dean College and Clark University.

Against Dean, the team could not hold off the opposition as they scored in the first 10 minutes of the game. Rhode Island College had seven total shots in the first period, while Dean had only one that ended in a goal. RIC became more aggressive with 13 shot attempts in the second period, with eight of those attempts spanning about 17 minutes. Their aggression was met with another goal by Dean at minute 63. This goal put Dean up 2-0, which is where the game would find its final score.

Clark was the next opponent in RIC’s way of hoping to bounce back from the loss at home. The first period was scoreless, with a total of eight shots taken by both teams. The second period mirrored the first, as RIC took minimal shots, while Clark had nine shot attempts. In the last five minutes of the game, RIC’s Dennis Vazquez scored to take the lead. However, just before the 90-minute mark, Clark managed to tie the game and force overtime. In overtime, RIC had one shot attempt while Clark had none, forcing double OT. Clark had four shot attempts in double OT, but to no avail, ending the game in a tie.

Against Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institution (RPI), RIC held onto the ball for most of the first half, which allowed them to end it on a high note with a goal by Komla Dogbey to take the lead going into the second period. RPI then mounted their comeback in the second half, scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes. RIC tied it back up with another goal by Dogbey, though it was not enough, as RPI scored one last goal in the final minutes to seal their victory.

Finally, in the match against St. Lawrence, RIC was dominated with two goals in each period, making it a 4-0 loss. They will be back in action with a home game against Bridgewater State University on Wednesday.