Providence, R.I.—Sophomore forward Brandon Ramos (Boston, MA) scored his team-leading sixth and seventh goals of the season as the Rhode Island College men's soccer team defeated Fitchburg State, 3-2, in their regular season finals at Alumni Field on Senior Night.
Rhode Island College 3, Fitchburg State 2
Rhode Island College (9-6-2)
Fitchburg State University (7-8-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC senior midfielders Jack Clancey (Narragansett, RI) and Kevin Tay Munoz (Providence, RI) were recognized, along with their families, on Senior Night prior to the start of the games.
• Freshman forward Thomas Aldana (Providence, RI) broke the scoreless tie in the 26th minute when Ramos delivered a perfect through ball to find a wide open Aldana for a breakaway. Aldana made a move to the left and fired the ball into an empty net for his sixth goal of the season to give the Anchormen a 1-0 lead.
• Without any hesitation, the Anchormen struck again. This time it was Ramos. Junior forward Sa-Leem Kamarah (North Providence, RI) received a pass from Aldana, who then fed the ball to Ramos. Ramos beat junior goalkeeper Branton Abbett (Jasper, IN) with a move and kicked the ball into the back of the net to put the hosts on top by a pair, 2-0, just 57 seconds after their first strike.
• The Falcons were able to cut the Anchormen lead in half in the 36th minute when senior forward Christian Lucchesi (Tewksbury, MA) found a wide-open sophomore midfielder David Bedard (Westminster, MA) on the backdoor for his first goal of the season.
• RIC held the advantage in shots, 10-3 and in corner kicks, 4-0, in the first half.
• The Anchormen wasted no time getting on the board again in the second stanza, as Aldana set up Ramos for his second goal of the day in the 48th minute to give RIC a two-goal lead for the second time on the night.
• RIC had a golden opportunity to go ahead by three goals in the 55th minute when Kamarah found a loose ball, eluded Abbett and chipped a shot, but it was saved by freshman defender Dylan McCall (Burlington, CT) to keep the score 3-1. McCall came up huge for the Falcons defense on numerous occasions in the second half to keep FSU within striking distance.
• In the 59th minute, the Falcons caught a break after an Anchormen miscue in their own zone, as a mishandled ball ended up bouncing off a RIC defender and into the net for an own goal, to make it a one-goal game once again.
• RIC kept possession for much of the remaining 30 minutes and closed out FSU for the club's ninth win of the year.
BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC junior goalkeeper Charlie Tashjian (West Warwick, RI) made three saves in the victory (8-6-2).
• Abbett made seven saves in the loss (4-4-1).
• The Anchormen outshot the Falcons, 23-8, and held the advantage in corner kicks, 9-0.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete in the 2019 Little East Men's Soccer Championship beginning next week. The Anchormen will find out their next opponent at the conclusion of league play this weekend.