Rhode Island College improves to (3-2-0) on the season while starting off 1-0 in conference play after their 3-0 win against Western Connecticut State. The team has had two consecutive shutouts as they begin to trend in the right direction.
Senior Forward Jonathan Oliveira was big in the win as he kept Western Connecticut on their heels with the constant attack. He shot five times while managing a goal and an assist for two of the three scores. His goal on the day makes his third of the year as he leads the team in scores.
Junior forward Brandon Ramos scored a goal of his own via an 18 yard free kick to put RIC up 1-0 as they never looked back from that point on. Sophomore forward Samuel Talavera was perfect on the day with his one shot resulting in a goal.
Senior Goalkeeper Charlie Tashjian was the heart and soul of the team as his nine saves sealed the deal for the Anchormen against Western Connecticut. As the season progresses, RIC will need his plays for the next three straight road games in a hostile environment. The attackers are going to be crucial as a team with this level of scoring potential can erupt at any given moment. While defenders will hardly get spoken about, the Anchormen have a reliable backline that is giving everyone else on the pitch confidence.
Comparing simply team stats will not tell the whole story of the game. While RIC was outshot 21-15 while also losing nine to five in the shots on goal category, the team was able to overcome those attempts by how they were able to defend. The Anchormen had nine saves compared to Western Connecticut’s two. Even if only half of those attempts had scored the game would have been lost 4-3. Great goalkeepers can drastically alter games by themselves and their value can not be stated enough.
The Anchormen head out on the road as they begin a three game road stretch starting off with Dean College on Wednesday, September 22nd. RIC won’t have a home game until Saturday, October 2nd against Plymouth State.