Junior forward Brittany DeGrooth (Westerly, RI) scored a pair of goals, but it wouldn't be enough as the Rhode Island College women's soccer team fell to undefeated Western Connecticut, 3-2, in a Little East Conference contest played at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon.
Western Connecticut 3, Rhode Island College 2
(Rhode Island College 4-9-1, 1-3-1 LEC)
(Western Connecticut 13-0-2, 4-0-1 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Western Connecticut got on the board first when sophomore midfielder Bailey McCollum (Cold Spring, NY) tallied her second goal of the season, putting in a pass from junior forward Autumn Sorice (Bethel, CT) at the 24:04 mark for the 1-0 advantage.
• The visiting Colonials extended the lead to 2-0 in the 31st minute when Sorice scored her team-best 13th goal of the season, burying a shot into the left corner of the net after a long pass from senior defender Samantha Carbonell (Berlin, CT).
• RIC cut into the lead at the 33:10 mark when Western Connecticut was whistled for a foul in the box. DeGrooth converted the ensuing penalty kick for her sixth goal of the season to make the score 2-1.
• Western Connecticut took a one goal lead heading into halftime after out hooting RIC by a 26-4 margin in the stanza.
• WCSU made the score 3-1 in the 58th minute when junior midfielder Aileen Maloney (Trumbull, CT) sent a pass to the left side of the box where junior forward Allison Oakley (Beekman, NY) put in a shot to the bottom right corner for the two-goal advantage.
• DeGrooth scored in the 83rd minute, lofting in a shot from 25 yards out that went over the keeper's head after a pass from junior midfielder Elena Couto (Coventry, RI).
• RIC sophomore goalkeeper Erica Edwards (North Kingstown, RI) made a career-best 17 saves in the setback.
• Senior goalkeeper Jillian Fernandez (Columbia, CT) recorded two saves in the victory for the visiting Colonials.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Western Connecticut allowed two goals in a game for the first time all season, while Fernandez, who had given up just four goals all season, surrendered two for the first time this year.
• Western Connecticut held a 36-8 advantage in shots and an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Johnson & Wales on Wednesday, Oct. 18 (6 p.m.).