October 16, 2010
MAKING IT COUNT
First goal is a winner for UMass’ Stoker
KINGSTON, R.I. - Chris Stoker made his first goal count scoring the game-winner in the 87th minute on Saturday night as UMass defeated Rhode Island 1-0 at Rhode Island. The Minutemen remain unbeaten in the Atlantic 10 with a 2-0-1 league record.
Overall, UMass improves to 3-3-6 with the win, while Rhode Island falls to 2-8-2 overall and 0-2-1 in the league.
The Rams and Minutemen were scoreless for the first 86 minutes until Stoker sent a shot through the box and past URI goalkeeper Peyton Warwick breaking the deadlock. Stoker had just subbed in less than a minute before netting what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Rhode Island nearly took the lead just 12 minutes into the game in when senior Greg Balicki blasted a shot to the far post - where a diving stop by UMass' Chris Piekos kept the Rams off the board.
Piekos came up big again in the second half, stopping a header by redshirt freshman Joey Haught and blocking sophomore Matt Ribbens' shot from point blank range. Piekos also got some help from defender David Key, who cleared senior Dwayne Williams' shot off the goal line in the 76th minute.
Piekos finished the night making seven saves. He has allowed just one goal in three Atlantic 10 starts. Warwick made six saves in goal for Rhode Island in the loss.