Rams Rally Past UMass, 3-2, for Third Straight Victory

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

RHODE ISLAND (9-2-0, 3-1 A-10)
Starters: Penske (GK), Karterud, Kristiansen, Middrup, Benco, Zarokostas, Richter, Dickson, Brangman, Daley, Akselsen
Substitutes: Drayer, Cook, Jesman Sunde, Gaudreau

MASSACHUSETTS (5-6-2, 1-2-0 A-10)
Starters: Dorchin (GK), Brown, Gorich, Smith, Petrizzi, Fulton, Hanya, Hamill, Cranmer, Merklin, Ravazzoli
Substitutes: Cronin, Boino, Asamoah

Scoring Summary
17:27 - UMASS - Gorich (Petrizzi)
20:31 - UMASS - Brown (unassistaed)
27:10 - URI - Brangman (Kristiansen)
34:09 - URI - Zarokostas (Akselsen, Karterud)
66:51 - URI Richter (penalty kick)

How It Happened
After falling behind by two goals early, Rhode Island (9-2-0, 3-1 A-10) rallied to win its third straight match, beating Massachusetts 3-2 Wednesday night at the URI Soccer Complex.

The Minutemen (5-6-2, 1-3 A-10) scored in the 18th minute and padded the lead less than three minutes later.

Rhody's Chae Brangman got the Rams going with his third goal of the season in the 28th minute, off a corner kick from Peder Kristiansen. Stavros Zarokostas tied the game seven minutes later when be beat UMass' Marvyn Dorchin off assists from Edvin Akselsen and Sondre Karterud.

A penalty kick in the 67th minute provided the game-winning goal, as Dominik Richter buried his attempt to give the Rams the lead. Massachusetts pressured late, but a shot by Eli Cronin went wide, and Rhode Island keeper Roger Penske stopped a header in the final minute to preserve the victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Dominik Richter's goal was his sixth of the season, matching his career high, set during 2015. Richter now (18 goals, 13 assists) ranks 28th all time in Rhody history with 49 career points, tying him with Tony Fontes (1983-84).
  • Junior Stavros Zarokostas also scored his sixth goal of the season and 19th of his career.
  • Richter and Zarokostas have combined for five goals over the last two games.
  • Senior Chae Brangman scored for the second time in three games, and the third time this season overall.
  • Junior Peder Kristiansen picked up his fifth assist of the year, tying him with Richter for the team lead.
  • Redshirt freshman Edvin Akselsen's assist was his fourth of the season and third in as many games. He now has 12 points (4 goals, 4 assists) on the season and at least one in six of his eight games played.
  • Freshman Sondre Karterud picked up his third assist of the season on Zarokostas' game-tying tally.

Up Next
The Rams are back in action Saturday night when they host Dayton at 7 p.m.