Oneonta, N.Y.-The Rhode Island College men's soccer team fell to RPI, 3-2, in the opening game of the 2017 Mayor's Cup Tournament, hosted by SUNY Oneonta on Friday afternoon.
Rhode Island College 2, RPI 3
(Rhode Island College 0-2-1
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC senior forward Komla Dogbey (Providence, RI) collected a loose ball in the box after a free kick and slipped a shot into the corner of the net from five yards out with just eight seconds left on the clock in the first half. The Anchormen led 1-0 at halftime despite being outshot by a 7-2 margin.
• Oneonta scored a pair of goals less than a minute apart early in the second half to take the lead, 2-1. Senior midfielder Steven Collins (Flemington, NJ) notched a goal at the 53:31 mark to knot the game at 1-1. The Red Dragons then took the lead at the 54:22 mark when they capitalized on a miscue by the RIC defense and sophomore forward Austin Betterly (Plymouth Meeting, PA) connected on a shot.
• Dogbey then knotted the score with 18:45 left in the contest when he scored on a breakaway. The play was started from junior defender Preston Kar (Monrovia, Liberia), who sent a pass to midfield for senior forward Cooper Ferreira (Westerly, RI). Ferreira then fed a streaking Dogbey who put in a shot from 10 yards out for the equalizer.
• With just over a minute left in regulation, Oneonta was awarded a penalty kick after a RIC foul. Junior midfielder Danny Corridan (Queens, NY) took the PK that was initially saved by RIC freshman goalkeeper Charlie Tashjian (West Warwick, RI). Junior forward Sean Larkin (Loudonville, NY) then put in the rebound to propel the Red Dragons to the 3-2 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Tashjian (0-1-1) had five saves in the setback for RIC, while sophomore Matt LaBranche (Wilbraham, MA) (3-0-0) recorded three stops for RPI in the win.
• RPI out shot RIC by a 16-9 margin and had nine corner kicks in the game compared to three for the Anchormen.
• The Mayor's Cup the oldest continuously running collegiate soccer tournament in the country.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will face St. Lawrence at the SUNY Oneonta Mayor's Coup on Saturday, Sept. 9 (1 p.m.).