Rhode Island College Nips Southern Maine 2-1

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            PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Freshman Jessica Graham (Wakefield, R.I./South Kingstown) headed home the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute as the Rhode Island College Anchorwomen defeated the University of Southern Maine, 2-1, in a Little East Conference women's soccer match Saturday afternoon at the RIC Soccer Field.

            The win was the second straight for the Anchorwomen and moved them into a three-way tie for fifth place with USM and Plymouth State University in the LEC standings.  The Anchorwomen improved to 9-6-0 overall and 2-4-0 in the conference.  The Huskies dropped their dropped their sixth consecutive match to fall to 4-13-0 overall and 2-4-0 in LEC play.

            Only two minutes after the Huskies had tied the game, Graham put her head to a long throw-in from junior Ashley Choiniere (Hope, R.I./Scituate) and the shot went just inside the post and under the crossbar.  The goal was the seventh of the season for Graham.

            The Huskies had tied the match in the 80th minute when sophomore Cathy Wise (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Chev-erus) got to a 50-50 ball behind RIC goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, R.I./Middletown) for her sixth goal of the season.  Senior Chelsea Norton (Westbrook, Maine) slipped a pass beyond the reach of Pirri and Wise ran onto it just ahead of a RIC defender.  Sophomore Jessica Gassman (Kennebunk, Maine) also picked up an assist.

            The home side grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Choiniere scored her 13th goal of the season, one timing home a corner kick taken by junior Alexis Smith (Wakefield,. R.I./South Kingstown).  Southern Maine pressed the offense the remainder of the half, outshooting RIC 13-6, but could not get the equalizer.

            USM junior goalkeeper Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine/Leavitt Area) finished the game with eight saves.  Pirri was credited with seven stops.  The Huskies had a 22-16 advantage in shots while RIC enjoyed a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.

            Southern Maine returns home for its final two regular season matches.  USM will host St. Joseph's College on Wednesday (3:00 p.m.).  Rhode Island College will travel to Lasell College on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.).