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.