Providence, R.I.--Senior midfielder Dennis Vazquez (Providence, RI) and sophomore midfielder Niyomukiza Mechack (Providence, RI) each scored a pair of goals to lead the Rhode Island College men's soccer team to a 4-1 victory against Johnson & Wales in a contest played at Alumni Field on Tuesday afternoon.
The game was the final home contest for Vazquez, senior defender Kyle Ferreira (Westerly, RI), senior defender Devin Lambert (Albion, RI), senior defender Preston Kar (Monrovia, Liberia) and senior defender Alexander Pavao (Tiverton, RI). The group was honored, along with their families, prior to the start of the game.
Rhode Island College 4, Johnson & Wales 1
Rhode Island College (4-9-2)
Johnson & Wales (10-5-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC had its best scoring opportunity of the first half in the 33rd minute when Vazquez blasted a shot from 15 yards out that deflected off JWU junior goalkeeper Adam Cassidy's (Jersey City, NJ) hand and then off of the far post.
• Both teams struggled offensively in the first half as RIC had a 6-4 advantage in shots for the stanza and the teams headed to halftime deadlocked in a scoreless tie.
• Rhode Island College got on the board in the 55th minute when Vazquez fired a shot from 25 yards out into the far upper corner of the net to give the Anchormen the 1-0 advantage.
• Vazquez then converted a penalty kick in the 62nd minute, after Cassidy was called for a foul on a breakaway, to put RIC up 2-0.
• Johnson & Wales finally got on board 79th minute when senior forward Yohann Assouramou (Cotonou, Benin) headed in a free kick from senior defender Riley McNicholas (Hopkinton, NH) to cut the deficit to 2-1.
• Mechack gave the team an insurance goal when he put in his first goal of the season, scoring after a rebounded shot from Vazquez in the 81st minute for the 3-1 advantage.
• Mechack then capped off the scoring for the afternoon as he put in a shot from five yards out after a crossing pass from freshman forward Brandon Ramos (Boston, MA) and a feed from sophomore midfielder Kossivi Dogbey (Providence, RI) to propel the Anchormen to the 4-1 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Sophomore goalkeeper Charlie Tashjian (West Warwick, RI) recorded six stops in the victory (4-9-2) for the Anchormen.
• Cassidy (2-1-0) had eight saves for Johnson & Wales in the setback.
• RIC led in shots, 17-11, for the contest, while Johnson & Wales had a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks for the game.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East play in the regular season finale at Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Oct. 27 (1 p.m.).