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RIC edges PSU Women’s Soccer in overtime

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            PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Sophomore Jenna Childs (Cranston, R.I.) scored with 4:20 remaining in the second overtime Saturday afternoon to lead the Rhode Island College women¹s soccer team past Plymouth State University, 2-1, in Little East Conference action at the RIC Soccer Field.

            Despite being outshot, 19-9, in the game, and 4-1 in overtime, RIC was able to snap a six-game losing streak on Childs¹ first collegiate goal.  After an Anchorwoman throw-in, the ball bounced around in the top corner of the box. Childs collected the ball and lofted it to the far corner of the net to set off the host¹s celebration.

            RIC improves to 2-7 overall and 1-3 in the Little East, while PSU suffers its third consecutive loss, dropping to 5-5-1 overall and 1-3 in league action.

            The Panthers opened the game¹s scoring with freshman Jordan MacNeely (Marstons Mills, Mass.) putting the visitors up, 1-0, with just 2:49 remaining in the first half. Sophomore Amy Green (Atkinson, N.H.) crossed a pass from the left side that MacNeely spun and kicked out of midair to beat RIC junior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, R.I.).

            The game was played fairly evenly through the first 45 minutes, with the visitors holding a slight advantage, 7-4, shots. The Anchorwomen had three corner kicks, while the Panthers registered two attempts.

            RIC senior Christina Tavana (Middletown, Conn.) tied the game up, 1-1, just 5:50 into the second half on a set up by freshman Alison Massed (Warren, R.I.) and junior Danielle Cartier (Lincoln, R.I.). It was her team-leading fourth goal of the year and snapped a 333:28 scoreless streak for the club dating back to Sept. 16.

            That would be it for the rest of regulation, as the two teams remained deadlocked at one goal apiece. The Panthers once again outshot their hosts, 8-4, and held a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks, during the second stanza. PSU missed twice, while RIC missed once, in open-net opportunities in the second half.

            PSU nearly won the game in the 105th minute, but senior Lauren Lavery's (Nashua, NH) free kick from 25 yards out hit the crossbar. Childs won the game 1:17 later.

            Pirri made eight saves to earn the win (2-7), while her counterpart, PSU sophomore goalkeeper Angelina LaBroad (Hampton, NH) made three stops in a losing effort (2-5-1).

            PSU plays its next two games at home, beginning Wednesday against Castleton (4:30 p.m.).  Rhode Island College will play at Wesleyan on Wednesday. 

(Courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information) 

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