The NCAA had to rule out on the first contest of the week for the Rhode Island College women’s soccer team as they were set to host the Nichols College Lady Bison on Tuesday, Oct. 4. What was first ruled a 1-0 forfeit win for RIC, after the Lady Bison refused to play due to poor field conditions, the NCAA ruled a day later that game was a “No Contest.” According to the NCAA 2010-11 Soccer Rules and Interpretations manual, the game went along with Rule 10.8. In summary this rule states that regardless of why the game was forfeited before it begins, neither team is credited with the loss and it officially becomes a no contest. According to Nichols Athletics, the coaching staff of the Lady Bison claimed that the field conditions were so poor that it was unsafe for player participation. The game was cancelled and the RIC women’s soccer team had to look to Saturday, Oct. 8 to end their eight game losing streak.
On a warm autumn afternoon at the RIC Soccer complex, the Anchorwomen looked to defeat their LEC rivals the Western Connecticut State University Colonials. However, in the third minute of action senior forward Lauren Francisco managed to capitalize on a turnover and notch an unassisted goal for the 1-0 lead. There would no time to bounce back when midfielder Ariann D’Aurio made a play against the RIC defense to strike the ball past sophomore net minder Abygayle Fisher. The Anchorwomen and senior captain Jenna Childs, responded by pressuring the Western Connecticut defense, making a huge play with the third clearing attempt to take the shot inside the box and shooting it past the Colonials junior goalkeeper Caitlin Avery. RIC sophomore forward Lauren Maisano, received a long pass from classmate midfielder Johnna Magiera, charged downfield, raced through the box and rocketed a shot past Avery. Despite the pair of goals, the Anchorwomen still fell to the Colonials 5-2.
As the season continues the Anchorwomen, who are just 2-9 overall, they need to find consistency and chemistry on both offense and defense in the coming week’s if they look to turn things around. The Anchorwomen will be back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 11 when they host Worcester State.