Nichols Downs Men's Soccer, 2-1

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James Patrella

Providence, R.I.—Rhode Island College junior goalkeeper Charlie Tashjian (West Warwick, RI) made three saves as the men's soccer team fell, 2-1, to Nichols at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon.

THE BASICS
Nichols 2, Rhode Island College 1
Nichols (3-2-1)
Rhode Island College (2-2-1) 

HOW IT HAPPENED
• Nichols shocked the Anchormen just 12 seconds into the contest when junior forward Ali Ali (West Springfield, MA) lofted a pass to senior forward Jacob Sargent (Bolton, CT) for a quick score and 1-0 advantage.

• RIC thought it notched the equalizer in the 38th minute when freshman midfielder Dominic Nnadi (Suleja, Nigeria) fired in a shot off of a deflection, but the goal was disallowed due to an offsides call.

• The hosts led in both shots, 7-4, and corner kicks, 3-1, in the first half.

• The Anchormen tied the game up in the 55th minute when senior midfielder Michael Faria's West Warwick, RI) corner kick sailed through the box and ended up on the far endline on junior defender Kossivi Dogbey's (Providence, RI) foot. Dogbey's crossing shot was knocked into the back of the net by a Bison defender.

• Nichols didn't waste any time regaining the lead when 56 seconds later, senior midfielder Jonathan Ingram (Belchertown, MA) took a corner kick and his attempt was nicely deflected in by Sargent to give the Bison a 2-1 lead.

• A second yellow card issued to Nichols freshman defender Benjamin Demaio (Brandford, CT) forced the visitors to play the final 16:54 a man down.

• With 11:39 remaining in the contest, a Bison foul resulted in a quality free kick opportunity for sophomore forward Jonathan Oliveira (Providence, RI), but his shot from 20 yards out sailed over the net. 

• A corner kick chance for the Anchormen proved to be the last chance for the hosts in the final two minutes, but sophomore defender Allen David Pierre's (Watertown, MA) shot from the top of the box went high over the net.

BY THE NUMBERS
• Tashjian made three saves in the loss (2-2-1). 

• Nichols senior goalkeeper Juan Carlos De La Cruz (Stamford, CT) made 13 saves in the win.

• RIC led in both shots, 22-10, and corner kicks, 7-2

WHAT'S NEXT
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Dean on Wednesday, Sept. 18 (4 p.m.).