Axel Ortega Scores in, 2-1, Loss vs. Wildcats

Axel Ortega
Axel Ortega

Providence, R.I.--Freshman midfielder Axel Ortega (Providence, RI) notched his second career goal as Rhode Island College fell, 2-1, on a late goal vs. Johnson and Wales on Wednesday night at SMAC Turf Field. 

THE BASICS
Johnson and Wales 2, Rhode Island College 1
Johnson and Wales (5-2)
Rhode Island College (3-4-1)

HOW IT HAPPENED
• The Wildcats found their way on the board in the first minute of action as freshman midfielder Garrett Groeling (Nutley, NJ) set up sophomore forward JP Rioux (Stony Point, NY) for the game's first score. 

• The Wildcat defense shut down every opportunity RIC saw, blocking two out of three total shots in the first half. JWU led at the half in both shots, 4-3, and corner kicks, 3-1. 

• The second half had a slow start for both teams as neither defense gave an inch. It wasn't until the 65th minute of action when sophomore defender Allen David Pierre (Watertown, MA) fired a shot that was saved, which created a rebound that was corralled by Ortega and shot into the net for the equalizer.

• The final 20 minutes of action saw great opportunities from both teams. RIC junior goalkeeper Charlie Tashjian (West Warwick, RI) was able to come up big for the visitors, making a save on a penalty kick taken by senior defender Riley McNicholas (Hopkinton, NH) in the 71st minute to keep the score tied, 1-1.

• The Anchormen had a chance to take the lead late in the 83rd minute when sophomore midfielder Brandon Ramos (Boston, MA) took a shot that was saved by junior goalkeeper Austin Scoggin (Cutchogue, NY) to keep the contest deadlocked. 

• JWU took advantage of a late opportunity in the 88th minute when freshman midfielder Alexander Pane (Danbury, CT) shot the ball that was saved by Tashjian. Sophomore midfielder Nick Gutekunst (East Northport, NY) buried the rebound to secure the win for the hosts.

BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC junior goalkeeper Charlie Tashjian (West Warwick, RI) made five saves in the loss (2-4-1). 

JWU junior goalkeeper Austin Scoggin made two saves in the win (5-2).

• JWU led in shots, 11-6 and held the advantage in corner kicks, 10-2.

WHAT'S NEXT
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East play at home vs. Western Connecticut on Saturday, Sept. 28 (1 p.m.).