Rhody Edged by Vermont, 1-0, in Home Opener

Rhody Edged by Vermont, 1-0, in Home Opener


Box Score

How It Happened:

With the score still knotted at 0-0 less than 10 minutes into the second half, Vermont's Juan Peralta fired a shot from point blank range that was punched over the crossbar by Rhode Island redshirt senior goalkeeper Peyton Warwick. Peralta then took the ensuing corner kick for the Catamounts and served in a cross from the right side which Yannick Lewis headed into the upper left 90 for what proved to be the game-winning goal. Rhody had a number of chances to equalize the game - including an attempt by junior Jamie Eckmayer which was cleared off the goal line and a bicycle kick by freshman Mike Casey which deflected off the left post - but the Rams were unable to get on the board by the end of regulation.

Inside the Box Score:

  • URI held a 18-12 advantage in shots, including a 13-8 edge in the second frame.
  • Both teams attempted four corner kicks.
  • Vermont committed 19 fouls to Rhody's 13 and was issued three yellow cards.
  • For the second straight game, freshman Matt Sykes led the Rams with four shots (two on goal).
  • Senior Reece Markman, junior Jamie Eckmayer, redshirt sophomore Joey Haught and Casey also took shots on goal which were stopped by UVM's David Ramada.
  • Ramada finished with six saves to pick up the shutout victory while Warwick turned away five shots for the Rams.

Additional Notes:

  • The loss drops Rhody to 15-16-4 in the all-time series vs. Vermont.
  • UVM picked up its first win over the Rams since Sept. 8, 1993.
  • Freshman Ross Morison and sophomore Trevor Moran made their first career starts against Vermont. Moran - who did not see action as freshman last season - played all 90 minutes.
  • The loss is URI's fourth in a row, dating back to last season.
  • 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. Monday's contest against Vermont extended Gargaro's streak to 40 consecutive starts.

Up Next:
The Rams travel to Bryant on Friday afternoon to take on the Bulldogs in the opening round of the Ocean State Soccer Classic. Brown and Providence will also square off on Monday with the two winning teams competing for the OSSC title on Monday night (7:30 p.m.) at the URI Soccer Complex. The OSSC consolation game will also be played in Kingston, with a scheduled start time of 5 p.m.