Providence, R.I.—Sophomore forward Brandon Ramos (Boston, MA) led the Anchormen with two assists and junior goalkeeper Charlie Tashjian (West Warwick, RI) made six saves as No. 3-seeded Rhode Island College defeated No. 6-seeded UMass Dartmouth, 2-0, in first round action of the 2019 Little East Conference Men's Soccer Championship at La Salle Academy on Wednesday night.
Rhode Island College 2, UMass Dartmouth 0
Rhode Island College (10-6-2)
UMass Dartmouth (8-8-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• UMass Dartmouth pressured the hosts in the early minutes, but could not get a quality shot off.
• The Anchormen struck first in the 29th minute when Ramos lined up to take a corner kick and launched the ball towards the middle of the box. The ball was deflected out to freshman forward Thomas Aldana (Providence, RI) at the top of the box. Aldana fired a low-line shot through traffic into the lower left corner for his seventh goal of the season.
• RIC took a 1-0 lead into halftime. UMD held a slight advantage in the shots, 5-4, while RIC held a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks.
• Tashjian made three saves in the first half.
• The visitors came out of the break looking to tie the game at one apiece by applying heavy pressure on the Anchormen defense. The RIC defense, led by sophomore back Roman Davis (Watertown, MA) and senior midfielder Jack Clancey (Narragansett, RI), helped keep RIC in the lead.
• A corner kick by Ramos in the 74th minute helped give the Anchormen a much-needed insurance goal. Ramos launched a curving ball that found the foot of a sliding junior midfielder Kossivi Dogbey (Providence, RI) on the back post to give RIC some breathing room. It was Dogbey's second goal of the year.
• A physical game led to multiple cards called for both sides. UMD had four players receive yellow cards and one red card. RIC had two players receive yellow cards.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Tashjian finished the game with six saves to earn his ninth victory (9-6-2) and fourth shutout of the season.
• UMD sophomore goalkeeper Jacob Castro (Swansea, MA) made three saves in the loss (6-4-1)
• UMD led in shots, 10-9, and held the advantage in corner kicks, 5-4.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to second-seeded Keene State for a semifinal matchup on Friday, Nov. 8 (7 p.m.).