The University of Rhode Island women’s soccer team continued its hot start Sunday, knocking off Army 2-1 to improve their record to 6-1-1 on the early season.
With the victory, the Rams also have already matched their win total from a season ago.
“So far the team has really taken the team building seriously,” Rhode Island head coach Michael Needham said. “They really believe in forming that close bond as a team.”
Freshman midfielder Katrin Gylfadottir got the Rams on the board early with her first career goal, hooking a shot passed Army goalkeeper Jordan Cassalia.
Following the goal, the Rams were able to maintain control of the ball throughout the first half, leading to another score 10 minutes later. Senior midfielder Samantha Leyh, who assisted on Gylfadottir’s goal, scored her third goal of the season off an assist from Ari Stanton.
Stanton was able to keep her point streak intact and extend it to four straight games with her assist. Along with her point streak, Stanton was able to move up to 43rd on the Rams all-time scoring list. Samantha Leyh, who tallied three points in the game, was able to move up to 23rd on the all-time scoring list.
“Sam is a quiet leader,” Needham said. “She’s more of a put your arms around you and let’s talk. She’s a calming influence; she’s not a yeller or a screamer. She’s also a leader from a statistical standpoint. She led us with a lot of goals last year and I think this year she’s happy to have other people around her who can score goals also.”
Gylfadottir nearly netted a second goal after she took a shot that bounced off the crossbar 30 seconds into the second half. Stanton quickly took another shot, but it was stopped by Cassalia.
Rhode Island goalkeeper Reilly Lindsey was exceptional for the Rams despite Army maintaining constant pressure till the conclusion of the game. Lindsey was able to secure her third win of the season, tying her career high. She allowed only one goal, scored by sophomore defenseman Carly Katalinic, out of the nine shots she faced.
“I want them to assert themselves and believe what I’ve been telling them for three years,” Needham said. “They’re getting better and they are a good team, now I just need them to believe and put it all together. I think they can do that right before we begin conference play.”
The Rams continue their home stand this weekend when they face Wagner on Friday night and Maine on Sunday afternoon.