Rams Fall to Minutemen, 3-1

Rams Fall to Minutemen, 3-1

Rhody Starters
Spenser, Cloutier, Camillo, Matthews, Oakley, Haught, Moran, Soons, Randell, Delys, Sykes

Massachusetts Starters
Ruiz, Belza, DeMarco, Jess, Alvaro, Negm, Sitton, Keys, Pease, Schwartz, Morris

Scoring Summary
11:08 - URI - Matt Sykes (Joey Haught)
25:35 - UMASS - Cody Sitton (unassisted)
43:31 - UMASS - Matt Keys (Peter Alvarenga)
46:21 - UMASS - Cody Sitton (Josh Schwartz)

How It Happened
Rhode Island got on the board first when junior Matt Sykes fired in a shot from a tough angle on the left side, beating UMass keeper Nick Ruiz for a 1-0 advantage just over 11 minutes in. Redshirt senior Joey Haught was credited with an assist on the tally. 

The Minutemen evened the score 15 minutes later as a turnover led to Cody Sitton's first goal of the season, which deflected in off the Rhody defense. Matt Keys later netted what proved to be the game-winner with 1:29 left in the first half and Sitton tacked on an insurance goal just 1:21 into the second frame.

Inside the Box Score

  • With the loss, Rhode Island drops to 2-8-0 on the season and 0-2-0 in the Atlantic 10. Meanwhile, UMass improves to 2-10-1 (1-2-0).
  • Massachuestts outshot URI, 17-12, and held an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal. 
  • After allowing the Minutemen 12 shots in the first half, the Rhody defense gave up just five in the second half.
  • URI out-cornered UMass, 7-6. Six of Rhody's corners were in the second half while five of the Minutemen's came in the first.
  • The two teams combined for 37 fouls and three yellow cards.
  • Sophomore Ryan Oakley recorded a game-high three shots on goal, but all were stopped by UMass' Nick Ruiz.
  • Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Thomas Spenser turned away five shots on the afternoon. Ruiz also finished with five saves.

Additional Notes

  • Sykes' goal was his sixth of the season and 12th of his career. He leads all active players with 34 career points on 14 goals and eight assists.
  • Haught's assist was his second in as many games. He now has eight for his career and 14 points total (3g/8a).
  • Sophomore Rainer Randell and freshman Rerom Delys each recorded their first career starts for the Rams.

Up Next
The Rams return to the URI Soccer Complex for their first home game in over a month when they host George Washington on Friday night.