Rhode Island College Soccer: Friars Blow Out Bryant Bulldogs

Friars Move To 2-0 On The Season

Two straight wins for the Providence College Friars women’s soccer team. On Sunday the Friars hosted the Bryant Bulldogs and won by the score of 3-0. Both sides were held scoreless in the first half but the Friars came out on the front foot in the first half.

The key to the first goal for the Friars was simply getting the ball in dangerous areas. A dangerous low cross from Meg Hughes into the center of the box missed the foot of two Bryant defenders and found a waiting Kyla Gallagher whose first touch had just enough to get over the line for a goal in the 48th minute. In the 63rd minute, the Friars extended their lead with Mara Rodriguez sending in a beautiful service to Rhode Island native Anna Kalooski who was darting into the box who flicked it into the back of the net with her left foot.

In the 72nd minute Kristen Parry found Hannah McNaulty in the box. McNaulty set herself up following a great first touch and pivoted around to get the shot off in-between two defenders closing in on her. With the Friars on a roll the goals continued to come. In the 89th minute Hughes passed to Samantha Adams who was able to get a shot off her right foot with a defender on her left hip.

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Bryant did have some chances with two shots on goal including a penalty kick. Back when the game was still 2-0 Friars goalkeeper Emma Bodmer made a penalty kick save on Bryant’s Corinne Rey. Bodmer now has two clean sheets in two starts on the year and the Friars have outscored their opponents to the tune of 6-0 through two matches this season.

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With the win the Friars move to 2-0-0 on the year while Bryant drops to 0-1-0.

“This group is showing tremendous growth in a short period of time,” said Friars Head Coach Sam Lopes. “We did many great things today against an opponent that gave us different things to deal with that we did not encounter in our first game. I am proud of our team’s attitude and effort collectively.”

Providence will be back in action On March 4th when they will host UConn at Chapey Field to kick-off BIG EAST play. As for the Bulldogs they will be back in action on March 2nd when they travel to Central Connecticut to open up NEC play.

URI Falls TO UCONN

On Sunday in Connecticut, the UConn Huskies defeated the Rams 2-0. With the loss, URI drops to 0-2-0 on the season. This match was originally supposed to take place on February 25th but was moved up to this weekend just a few days ago.

Both of the Huskies goals came in the first half with URI falling behind in just the 5th minute of the game with Kess Elmore scoring for UConn. In the 32nd minute UConn extended their lead to 2-0 with a goal scored by Lucy Cappadona.

The Rams struggled to get anything going offensively with just two shots attempted, one on target

URI will look to get things back on track next Sunday when they travel to Durham, New Hampshire to take on the Wild Cats. That match will kick-off at 2 p.m. ET.
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