Providence, R.I.--Junior forward Sa-Leem Kamarah (Providence, RI) netted his first career hat-trick as Rhode Island College defeated Eastern Connecticut University, 3-2, in Little East men's soccer action played at Alumni Field on Wednesday evening.
Rhode Island College 3, Eastern Connecticut 2
Rhode Island College (5-4-1, 2-1 LEC)
Eastern Connecticut (9-1, 2-1 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Eastern Connecticut jumped out to an early lead in the 14th minute when freshman defender Jared Caroline (South Windsor, CT) sent a crossing pass through the box and found senior midfielder Justin Jensen (Wethersfield, CT) on the back post. Jensen redirected the ball into the net for his first goal of the season.
• The Anchormen responded in the 38th minute when sophomore defender Allen David Pierre (Watertown, MA) launched a corner kick that found the foot of Kamarah, who turned and ripped a shot int to the top corner of the net to tie the game, 1-1.
• Kamarah was a one-man wrecking crew to open the second half. He dribbled the ball down the left side of the field, made multiple moves to get by the defense and fired a shot to the top right corner of the net to give RIC a 2-1 lead in the 51st minute.
• RIC kept the pressure on, and moments later, sophomore forward Brandon Ramos (Boston, MA) won a battle for the ball in the offensive zone and found an open Kamarah in the box. He made a move to his right to create shooting space and tallied once again to stake the hosts to a two-goal, 3-1, advantage.
• The Warriors did not back down, as Jensen delivered a perfect through ball to the team's leading scorer, sophomore forward Patrick Agyemang (East Hartford, CT), who sprinted by the RIC defense and roped a shot to the top right corner that cut the host's lead down to one, 3-2, in the 57th minute.
• A huge team save was made by RIC sophomore midfielder Roman Davis (Watertown, MA) to keep the Anchormen in the lead during the 79th minute after the ball was deflected and headed toward an empty net. Davis made a tremendous individual effort to take the ball off the goal line and clear it away from harm's way to help secure the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
• The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for Eastern Connecticut to start the 2019 season.
• RIC junior goalkeeper Charlie Tashjian (West Warwick, RI) made nine saves in the win (4-4-1).
• ECSU junior goalkeeper Kyle Boutot (Tolland, CT) made three saves in the loss (9-1).
• The Warriors held the advantage in both shots, 18-16, and corner kicks, 10-7.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East play at Castleton on Saturday, Oct. 5 (2 p.m.).