The women’s soccer team lost twice this past week against Fordham University on Thursday and then the University of Saint Louis on Saturday.
Thursday’s game against Fordham kicked off conference play. Junior goalkeeper Katie Nickles’s stood strong blocking the first four shots that she faced to keep the game tied until Fordham’s Jessica Widmann snuck one past her in the 82nd minute for the game’s first score.
The Rams had opportunities in the game to score including a missed shot from sophomore Amanda Nardella in the 88th minute. Rhode Island’s effort would go unrewarded and would lead to a 1-0 fall to Fordham.
The Rams tried to get back on the winning side on Saturday as conference opponent Saint Louis came to town. Saint Louis opened up the scoring with Maddie Pokorny’s goal in the 31st minute. Â Junior Nicole Brennan responded with a goal off a penalty kick just two minutes into the second half. The remainder of the game remained scoreless and both teams combined for just eight shots on goal in a defensive battle.
The game went into overtime where it looked like Rhode Island would have a chance to win the first of their last six games. However, this would not be the case when Saint Louis’ Kristen Clemens received a cross pass from Pokorny to win just seven minutes into the overtime period.
“We just have to be a little bit more composed at all times in the game,” said head coach Michael Needham. “We have fallen asleep a couple times and we kind of lose sight of what we’re trying to do.”
Rhode Island looks to end its six game losing streak when they visit conference opponent Saint Joseph’s University on Thursday before returning home on Sunday to play the University of Richmond.