They did it.
The Rhode Island College Anchorwomen, who hadn't won since August 30th, and having endured a 15-game winless streak, finally clinched their first Little East Conference win this afternoon.
They did it with only ten players, after Chelsea Creamer was shown her second yellow card in the first half. They did it with exceptional defending and stout goalkeeping from Maddie Pirri in the closing minutes. They did it with a relentless attack. Did I mention they were a player down? They did exactly what many of them told me during the past tew days: they were going to beat Southern Maine. And they did. They won.
It's been a disheartening campaign for the young Anchorwomen. This victory was well-deserved. They scratched and clawed. They played physical. They never backed down. It was unquestionably their best performance of the season. If this was a preview of coming attractions next season, mark my words: this will be a very good team next year.
Kayla Fleming, the lone senior on the team, finished her career on a high note. It couldn't have happened to a more deserving young woman. There is no doubt in my mind that this team will be greatly improved next season because of her leadership this fall.
It was a well-played game, with a well-earned result.
Good game, Anchorwomen.