Providence, R.I.-Junior midfielder Dennis Vazquez (Providence, RI) scored a pair of goals to lead the No. 2-seeded Rhode Island College men's soccer team to a thrilling, 2-0, victory over No. 3-seeded UMass Boston in the semifinals of the 2017 Little East Conference Championship played at Alumni Field on Wednesday evening.
With the win, the Anchormen advance to the finals and will face off against No. 1 seeded Western Connecticut in Danbury, Conn. on Saturday, Nov. 4 (2 p.m.). The top-seeded Colonials advanced to the finals after beating No. 4-seeded Keene State in penalty kicks on Wednesday night. RIC lost at Western Connecticut, 1-0, during the regular season on Oct. 15.
Rhode Island College 2, UMass Boston 0
(UMass Boston 9-6-3)
(Rhode Island College 9-7-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• The win for RIC snapped a six-game losing streak against UMass Boston, giving the Anchormen their first victory over the Beacons since Nov. 1, 2014. Rhode Island College were eliminated by the Beacons in the Little East tourney in each of the previous three seasons (2014-16).
• Vazquez took a free kick after UMass Boston was whistled for a foul in the 18thminute. The senior midfielder then buried the ensuing shot from 35 yards out into the upper right corner of the net to put the Anchormen up, 1-0.
• Despite carrying play and holding the advantage in quality scoring opportunities, Rhode Island College found itself being outshot, 9-8, after the first 45 minutes.
• UMass Boston had a solid scoring opportunity early in the second half after the Anchormen were whistled for a foul. Senior midfielder Daniel Morales (San Diego, CA)then took the free kick from 25 yards out, but the shot was stopped by RIC sophomore goalkeeper Charlie Tashjian (West Warwick, RI) to preserve the 1-0 lead
• Vazquez added an insurance goal for RIC in the 88th minute when he scored his eighth goal of the season, an unassisted tally on a breakaway after a Beacon failed clear, to propel the Anchormen to the 2-0 victory.
• Tashjian (8-6-2) made eight stops for RIC in the victory, while sophomore goalkeeper Aidan Carter (Weymouth, MA) and sophomore Omar Gastro Dreher (Woonsocket, RI) each tallied two saves for UMass Boston in the setback. Carter took the loss (3-3).
BY THE NUMBERS
• UMass Boston outshot RIC by a 19-13 margin and the Beacons held a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks in the game.