Providence, R.I.-Senior defender Paola Ortez (Revere, MA) scored the game-winning goal on a free kick in the final minute of regulation to lead visiting Suffolk past Rhode Island College, 2-1, in women's soccer action played at Alumni Field on Sunday afternoon.
Suffolk (1-0) got on the board first when senior forward Alexandra Nagri (Salem, NH) started a breakaway down the right side of the field and slipped a shot into the corner of the net in the 31st minute. The visiting Rams took a 1-0 lead into halftime despite RIC (0-2) holding an 8-5 advantage in shots for the stanza.
After Suffolk was whistled for a hand ball in the box at the 48th minute, RIC senior midfielder Stephanie Ricci (Smithfield, RI) converted the ensuing penalty kick to knot the game at 1-1. In the 80th minute, Nagri nearly gave Suffolk the lead when her shot from 15 yards out deflected off the crossbar, leaving the game deadlocked.
With just under a minute left in regulation, RIC was whistled for a foul on a Ram offensive rush. Ortez blasted in the free kick from 30 yards out to propel the visitors to the 2-1 victory.
RIC outshot Suffolk by a 17-13 margin, with Suffolk holding a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks for the contest.
RIC freshman goalkeeper Carissa Gaglione (West Warwick, RI) recorded six saves in goal in the loss (0-1), while junior Kirsten Weiker (Durham, NH) notched eight stops for Suffolk in the victory (1-0).
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Dean at Alumni Field on Wednesday, Sept. 6 (6 p.m.).