RHODE ISLAND (12-3-0, 5-2-0 A-10)
Starters: Penske (GK), Karterud, Kristiansen, Middrup, Benco, Richter, Jesman Sunde, Dickson, Brangman, Gaudreau, Akselsen
Substitutes: Trcka, Zarokostas, Drayer Gesmundo
SAINT JOSEPH'S (8-7-2, 2-3-2 A-10)
Starters: Boehm (GK), Fornaro, Grana, Morales, MacKinnon, Barry, Watkins, Dahn, McCusker, Maric, Lyons
Substitutes: Kahlenbeck, Vilotti, Pierrot, Cunningham, Lochbihler
24:55 - URI - Akselsen (unassisted)
42:59 - URI - Zarokostas (unassisted)
75:12 - SJU - Maric (McCusker)
How It Happened
Rhode Island moved up to second place in the Atlantic 10 standings with a 2-1 win over Saint Joseph's Saturday night at the URI Soccer Complex.
Edvin Akselsen got the scoring started in the 25th minute, collecting a rebound off of his own blocked shot and then beating SJU's Joseph Boehm for the 1-0 advantage. Stavros Zarokostas later doubled the lead, with 2:01 remaining in the first half, when he maneuvered around a St. Joe's defender in the box and fired a shot inside the left post.
Saint Joseph's returned from the break recharged and threw everything they had at the Rams. The Hawks finally broke through in the 76th minute when Leon Maric scored off a setup from Eddie McCusker.
Zarokostas nearly added an insurance goal for the Rams in the 80th minute, but his attempt from the right side of the box bounced out off the crossbar. Boehm then made back-to-back saves on a pair of 82nd-minute attempts by Dominik Richter to end the game with Rhody on top 2-1.
Inside the Box Score
- Freshman Edvin Akselsen and junior Stavros Zarokostas both scored their seventh goal of the season for the Rams. Akselsen now has 18 points (7g/4a) while Zarokostas has 16 (7g/2a).
- The game-winning goal was Zarokostas' second game-winner of the season.
- Freshman goalkeeper Roger Penske made a season-high eight saves in the win, improving to 10-3 on the season.
- At the other end of the field, Joseph Boehm had seven saves for the Hawks.
- Rhode Island outshot Saint Joseph's 23-14, but only held a slight advantage in shots on goal at 10-9.
- The Rams also had a slight edge in corner kicks at 8-7. Six of the Hawks seven corners came in the second half.
- Prior to the start of the game, URI held a brief ceremony to recognize its five seniors: Chae Brangman, Liam Daley, Evan Gaudreau, Emil Jesman Sunde and Dominik Richter.
The Rams will play their final regular-season game on Wednesday night at George Mason.