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KINGSTONâ€”URI Womenâ€™s Soccer opened their 2014 season this week starting on Friday against in-state rival Providence College before hosting their home-opener on Sunday against Fairfield.
The two games were nearly the perfect start that URI Womenâ€™s Head Coach Mike Needham was looking for, as they left Providence in a 1-1 two-overtime draw and then snuck out a thrilling 1-0 shutout to lift the young Rams to 1-0-1 in the early season.
The Lady Rams are coming off a 6-12 injury plagued season last year and were without one of their leading goal scorers from 2012, junior Midfielder Ellie Bailes. According to Needham, he viewed last year as a stepping stone to the building blocks for this yearâ€™s campaign and he feels his team is working down the right path to success.
â€śI donâ€™t necessarily think last year was a disappointment because it needed to happen to motivate the players,â€ť said Needham. â€śLast year was a challenging year but all the players are on the same page now.â€ť
Samantha Leyh helped URI jump out the gates with an early 1-0 lead against the Friars by putting one in the back of the net. She finished last season with three game-winning goals and also tallied seven total goals in 18 starts for the Rams. Providence bounced back late to steal a win from Rhody, but Coach Needham had very good things to say about the way his group handled a well-respected Big East team.
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