Three players with connections to South County are suiting up for the Rhode Island College women’s soccer team this fall, with each member of the triumvirate making key contributions for the Anchorwomen thus far.
Backstopping the RIC 11 this season is North Kingstown product Erica Edwards, who retained her starting role for the third straight campaign after a junior year where she had three matches in which she made 10 saves or more.
The former Skipper has recorded 15 saves in her three appearances between the sticks this season, nine of which came in the team’s season opener against Colby-Sawyer on Aug. 30, a 5-3 setback that is the Anchorwomen’s only loss to date.
Further up the field, fellow senior Christina Armstrong has also been an ever-present in the starting lineup, having made the initial 11 for RIC in each of the team’s last 39 games dating back to the 2017 season.
The South Kingstown graduate hasn’t made many forays into the final third yet, with her only shot of the season to this point forcing Salve Regina goalkeeper Jenna Park to make a save in Saturday’s meeting between the two intrastate rivals.
At the end of the day, it was the Anchorwomen that seized the upper hand via a 3-1 result that saw North Kingstown alumna Alexandra Amore notch her second goal in as many contests.
Amore put the match out of reach at the 29-minute mark by beating Park from 20 yards out after seizing on a failed clearance attempt from the Salve back line, putting RIC 3-0 ahead at the time of the goal.
A week to the day earlier, the ex-Skipper picked up her first goal in Anchorwomen colors against Dean, firing past Bulldog keeper Macy Parisee in the second half of a 5-1 decision in favor of RIC.
Slade making early impression at Stonehill
Prout graduate Emma Slade wasted little time in making her presence felt on the Stonehill women’s soccer team, immediately earning a berth in the starting lineup for the Skyhawks.
The former Crusader made her collegiate debut last Friday against Molloy, taking a team-high three shots as Stonehill fell to the homestanding Lions via a 19th minute goal from Dana Poetzsch.
Slade retained her spot for the Skyhawks’ second match of the campaign on Sunday against Dominican, who opened the scoring via Megan Geary at the 29-minute mark before allowing an equalizer from Nicole Geraghty three minutes later.
Stonehill then took the lead with 92 seconds remaining in the opening period, with Slade opening her ledger at the collegiate level with an effort from outside the penalty box that floated over opposing goalkeeper Lauren Buchanan.
The freshman midfielder’s marker stood up as the match winner, as the Skyhawks swooped to victory with three more of their 27 total shots on the day finding the net in the second half to give them a 5-1 triumph.
With their record at 1-1, Slade and the rest of the Stonehill 11 will be staying on the road this week with visits to Queens and New Haven on the ledger, before returning for their home opener on Sept. 18 versus Franklin Pierce.