PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Senior midfielder Abby Hummel (North Kingstown, R.I.) scored the game-winning goal in the 63rd minute Tuesday afternoon to lift fourth-seeded Rhode Island College to a 3-2 victory over fifth-seeded Plymouth State University in the first round of the 2007 Little East Conference Women's Soccer Tournament at the RIC Soccer Field.
Freshman forward Kristina Haughey (Lincoln, R.I.) paced the Anchorwomen attack with a pair of goals. Sophomores Lauren Lavery (Nashua, N.H.) and Stacy DiSabato (Manchester, N.H./Central) scored goals for the Panthers in the setback.
RIC (10-8-1) advances to the semifinal round for the second straight season. The Anchorwomen will travel to top-seeded Western Connecticut State University (15-2-1) on Thursday for a 6:00 p.m. start. Plymouth State, which entered the match riding a three-game winning streak, completes the campaign with an 8-9-0 mark.
RIC was able to capitalize on an errant clear by the PSU defense in the 63rd minute. Hummel gathered the attempted clear at the top of the 18-yard box, and tucked a frozen rope under the crossbar and just inside the right post for the game winner. She registered her fourth marker of the season-all of which have resulted in the decisive score.
The Anchorwomen jumped out to an early advantage, scoring two goals in the opening four minutes. Senior Brittney Godbout (Cranston, R.I.) generated the first scoring opportunity, lofting a crossing pass from the left flank and onto the foot of Haughey, who was able to settle the ball and beat the Panther goaltender. Less than two minutes later, senior forward Gina Calenda (Warren, R.I.) bent in a crossing pass from the left flank, and Haughey drove the header into the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season.
PSU responded in the latter minutes of the first frame, stringing together a pair of markers less than six minutes apart. Lavery cut the deficit to one, drilling home a penalty kick in the 31st minute for her third goal of the season. The visitors continued to apply the pressure, and were rewarded for their efforts in the 38th minute. Freshman Alex Marcell (Pittsford, Vt.) sent a crossing pass from the RIC goal line, which was redirected by DiSabato for her sixth goal of the campaign, sending both teams into the intermission knotted at 2-2.
The RIC offensive attack picked up the pace in the second stanza, out shooting its guests, 18-5. The Anchorwomen completed the match with a 10-shot advantage (29-19) and held the edge in corner kicks, 6-5.
Freshman goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, R.I.) earned her seventh victory of the season, reaching double digits in saves with 10. Her counterpart senior Ashley Riberdy (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) turned aside seven Anchorwomen offerings.
(Courtesy of RIC Sports Information)
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