How It Happened:
After a scoreless first half, Florida Gulf Coast took advantage of a Rhode Island red card and went on to tally four goals while playing a man up on the Rams. Francesco DiStefano (49:17), Josey Portillo (67:08), Xavier Silva (71:43) and Scott Harrison (86:22) all found the back of the net for the Eagles while Rhody was held scoreless for the second game in a row.
Inside the Box Score:
- With the loss, Rhode Island drops to 1-4 on the season while Florida Gulf Coast improves to 1-1-2.
- FGCU held a 20-6 advantage in total shots and a 6-2 edge in shots on goal.
- The Rams out-cornered the Eagles, 8-6.
- FGCU committed 17 fouls to Rhody's 14.
- Florida Gulf Coast was whistled offsides 11 times, while the Rams were just twice.
- URI was issued three yellow cards. Florida Gulf Coast had two.
- Rhode Island senior Oscar Zorilla picked up a red card in the 48th minute, forcing the Rams to play a man down the rest of the way.
- Redshirt senior goalkeeper Peyton Warwick finished with two saves in goal for the Rams while FGCU's Adam Glick also turned away a pair of shots for the Eagles.
- Redshirt sophomore Adam Blanchard replaced Warwick in the 77th minute, marking his first-ever appearance for the Rams.
- Zorilla and freshman Mike Casey both made their first career starts at Florida Gulf Coast.
- Freshman Ross Morison URI with two shots (both on goal). Portillo, Ryan Price and and Deion Jones each put a team-high three attempts on net for Florida Gulf Coast.
- Thursday's game was the first ever between Rhode Island and Florida Gulf Coast.
- The win was the Eagles' first of the year. It also marked the first time this season that Rhody lost by more than one goal.
- The Rams have now been shut out three times and have allowed eight goals while scoring just two.
- Zorilla's ejection is the Rams' third of the season as Ribbens was ejected (two yellows) at New Hampshire and Sykes was ejected (two yellows) at Bryant.
- Because of the red card and resulting ejection, Zorilla will have to sit out the next match for Rhode Island.
- Junior Robby Gargaro has not missed a game - or a start - since joining the Rams in 2009. As a freshman, he started in each of URI's 20 matches and went on to start all 18 games last season. Thursday's contest against FGCU extended Gargaro's streak to 43 consecutive starts.
The Rams are back in action on Sunday, Sept. 11, when they travel to Harvard for a 3:30 p.m. match against the Crimson.