Providence, R.I.—Freshman midfielder Dominic Nnadi (Suleja, Nigeria) converted on a penalty kick with 15 seconds left in regulation to lift the Rhode Island College men's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Bridgewater State on Wednesday evening at Alumni Field.
Rhode Island College 2, Bridgewater State 1
Rhode Island College (2-1-1)
Bridgewater State University (0-4-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC saw its first opportunity to score in the 12th minute when freshman forward Thomas Aldana (Providence, RI) was fouled in the box, which led to a penalty kick attempt by senior midfielder Kevin Tay Munoz (Providence, RI). The shot was dramatically saved by Bears senior goalkeeper Nate Morgado (Dartmouth, MA), who made a full extension diving stop to his right to keep the game scoreless.
• Bridgewater State had an opportunity to take the lead in the 42nd minute when junior midfielder Kevin Roberts (Medway, MA) had his close range shot saved by RIC junior goalkeeper Charlie Tashjian (West Warwick, RI).
• RIC held a slim lead in shots, 9-7, at the half, while the visitors led in corner kick opportunities.
• The second half was sluggish for both teams and the game appeared to be heading for overtime until the 82nd minute. RIC junior forward Sa-Leem Kamarah (Providence, RI) took a turnaround left-footed shot from the right side of the box that hooked over Morgado and bounced off the post and in.
• The Bears quickly mounted an offensive onslaught and the Anchormen were back on their heels for the next four minutes.
• Bridgewater State shocked the Anchormen with the equalizer in 87th minute when freshman forward Will Halben (Attleboro, MA) fired a shot off through traffic in the box to tie the contest, 1-1.
• Once again the game appeared to be heading for extra time until RIC sophomore midfielder Brandon Ramos (Boston, MA) chased down a ball that appeared to be heading over the endline in the BSU zone. Ramos kept the ball in play and made a great move around his defender to break in from the side of the box
• Ramos was hauled down with 15 second left and led to Nnadi's pk heroics.
BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC held the advantage in shots, 18-15, and in corner kicks, 4-3.
• Tashjian made six saves in the win (2-1-1).
• Morgado made eight saves in the loss (0-4-1).
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Nichols on Saturday, Sept. 14 (1 p.m.).