Rams, Fairfield Settle for 1-1 Tie in Opener

Photo Credit: Stew Milne
Photo Credit: Stew Milne

RHODE ISLAND (0-0-1)
Starters: Schmidt (GK), Karterud, Kristiansen, Middrup, Trcka, Benco, Zarokostas, Tamburini, Booth, Maddox, Akselsen
Substitutes: Kawale, Drayer

FAIRFIELD (0-0-1)
Starters: Botterill (GK), Nordgard, Pike, Vergin, Rebayo, Kim, Filipe, McGlinchey, Hurtado, Raimondo, Kourdassi
Substitutes: Knecht, Bobe, Lozowski, Bjorck, Gonzalez, Simon-Ponte, Zarmi, Weiss

Scoring Summary
01:34 - FFD - Rebayo (Pike, Raimondo)
66:10 - URI - Trcka (Zarokostas, Tamburini)

How It Happened
Rhode Island and Fairfield played to a 1-1 tie in the season opener for both teams Friday night.

Fairfield took the lead in the second minute. A couple of touch passes in tight quarters set up Fernado Rebayo for a shot that he fired into the upper left corner of the net. Cormack Pike and Daniel Raimondo picked up assists on the goal.

Rhode Island evened the score with Simon Trcka found the back of the net in the 67th minute. A through ball from Filippo Tamburini created a shot opportunity for Stavros Zarokostas. His shot was blocked, but Trcka collected the rebound and slipped a low shot between the keeper and right post.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Simon Trcka's goal was his second as a Ram. In 13 games last year, he had one goal and one assist.
  • The assist for senior Stavros Zarokostas was the 13th of his career. He now has 55 career points (21g/13a) in 55 games played.
  • Redshirt sophomore Edvin Akselsen recorded a game-high eight shots, seven of which were on target.
  • Redshirt junior Stefan Schmidt made four saves through 110 minutes of play. His counterpart, Gordon Botterill, stopped 15 of the 16 shots he faced. Both keepers had three saves in the overtime periods.
  • Grad student Charlie Booth, senior Jacob Maddox and junior Filippo Tamburini all started in their Rhode Island debuts. Booth transferred from Bryant, Maddox from Franklin Pierce and Tamburini came from Canisius.
  • Freshman Rohun Kawale made his collegiate debut for Rhody, entering the game in the 36th minute.
  • Fairfield goalie Gordon Botterill made 15 saves as the Rams peppered him with 29 total shots. The Stags were limited to 14 shots, and just six on goal.
  • Statistically, Rhode Island dominated the contest. Rhody outshot the Stags 29-14, had a 16-6 advantage in shots on goal and an 11-3 edge in corner kicks.
  • Rhode Island remained unbeaten at the URI Soccer Complex against Fairfield, owning a 7-0-3 mark all time.

Up Next
The Rams are back in action Monday, Sept. 2 when they host Connecticut. The match begins at 7 p.m.