Sept. 24, 2011
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island – Even with a late goal from Craig Laugelle (Cohasset, MA), men’s soccer (4-3, 0-2 LEC) was unable to complete the comeback as Rhode Island College (4-4, 1-1 LEC) managed to hang on to earn a 2-1 Little East Conference win Saturday afternoon at RIC Soccer Field.
Laugelle’s goal, his first of the year, found the back of the net in the 86th minute off of a Douglas Silviera (Revere, MA) assist, his first of the season. UMass had their chance to tie the match in the final 56 seconds of play with a penalty kick opportunity. Unfortunately, Rhode Island goalkeeper Nick Clark managed to stop the last second attempt to preserve his team’s conference victory.
After a back and forth first half, the action really began to pick-up in the second. All three goals in Saturday’s contest came in the final 12 minutes of play. Ending the scoreless draw in the 78th minute was Emmanuel Asiedu’s who netted his first goal of the year to make it 1-0 in favor of the host Anchormen. Just moments later Rhode Island extended their lead to two following an Ignacio Cespedes goal in the 81st minute.
However, with the late score by Laugelle, Saturday’s match was far from over, and just as time winded downs the Beacons saw Victor Rosario (Newton, MA) break through the Anchormen’s defense. This last second spark, would lead to a blatant take down in the box by a Rhode Island College player setting up perhaps the biggest moment of Saturday’s match.
As the official placed the ball on the penalty kick dash, sophomore Stefanos Galouzis (Watertown, MA) approached the ball ready to take the kick. With his back to the net, Galouzis made a quick turn and fired the ball to the left corner. Clark managed to extend his foot just far enough to push the ball away from the goal keeping his team’s lead intact.
Clark went on to end the match with five stops, while UMass goalkeeper Brycen Dowd (Mansfield, MA) came-up with five saves of his own.
On the day, UMass totaled 16 shots and 10 corner kicks. Rhode Island tallied 13 shots and nine corner kicks.
Men’s soccer returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to Becker College for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference match.