The University of Rhode Island Women's Soccer team returned to the pitch after an elongated pause due to Hurricane Henri.
The Rams had been slated to take on the University of Maine Black Bears last Sunday in Kingstown, RI but that game was cancelled due to the storm conditions. This Sunday's match started fairly similar to the last played one versus Providence, with the Rams containing midfield play through the first ten minutes, barely letting the Huskies gain the final third.
Strong play from Rebecca D'Anna and Tali O'Leary led the Rams to keeping the chances bay. The Rams offense was able to make the first break pushing into the final third and placing a few striking glances off the foot of Laila Rosenthal, who with a flick on net hit the crossbar on her first ball attempt. Rosenthal continued to pepper the Huskies keeper in the first half and short of a ball finding a foot down or to the right, the Rams would have been potentially discussing a very different score-line postgame. "The holding mids, one of the biggest things is getting it to the attack because Tess (O'Connell) and I, Carrie (Ellis) and I get a lot of chances to go forward, so now we just need to work on our placement, if we keep getting it to the attack, we'll get one in." said Laila Rosenthal.
Tali O'Leary said "We came out for this game very hungry and coach afterwards was asking us, "who's it going to be" and I know I want it to be me." She went on to add that this team is "so close to adding the last pieces, we're getting to the byline, we're getting the crosses, we just need to put a name on the ball more when directing our shots and we'll set our teammates up for success" Coach Megan Jessee says "we're doing so much good, and we have a ton of positives but we need to come up with more answers to what's asked of us.
The Rams will turn around and head to another regional and cross-state challenge on Thursday night against Brown University on the road in Providence, RI. #gorhody #rhodeisland #womenssoccer #rebeccadanna #talioleary #lailarosenthal #tessoconnell #carrieellis #brownuniversity