Archive - Sep 2013 - Sports Article
KINGSTONâGenerally speaking, thereâs never much to feel good about after suffering a 24-0 loss.
Good wasnât the word University of Rhode Island football coach Joe Trainer used to describe how he felt after his Ramsâ loss to Stony Brook Saturday by that score, but the fifth-year URI coach did seem optimistic after watching his team play.
âThat was a difficult loss against a very good football team,â Trainer said. âThey beat our champion last year pretty good, they kicked their butts in the first round of the playoffs [in] Villanova and we knew we were going to have our hands full.
CRANSTON â It was a good start to the season for the Narragansett girls soccer team when they opened their 2013 schedule Friday at Cranston Stadium with a 5-3 win over Cranston East.
In the end, however, it may have been the lesson learned throughout the course of those 80 minutes, more so than victory, that proves to be the best building block for the Mariners to start on.
EAST GREENWICHâAside from maybe Moses Brown, youâd be hard pressed to find a tougher opponent to play in your Division I-South opener than the East Greenwich field hockey team.
The Avengers graduated just five seniors from last seasonâs D-I semifinalist squad and brought back two and three-year starters throughout the field.
That was the task charged to South Kingstown â a team still finding its way in its second year in D-I â Wednesday afternoon and the Rebels struggled against the more seasoned Avs in a 9-0 loss.
NARRAGANSETT â So far, so good for the Narragansett girls tennis team.
There may not have been much for the Mariners to have gained or learned as they took on an inferior Lincoln team in their season opening match on Wednesday at Sprague Park, but the season still got itself off on the right foot as Narragansett did not drop a set en route to the 7-0 sweep of the Lions.
âItâs always good to get the first match going,â said Narragansett coach Peter Barlow. âProbably taking the long view, itâs better to have an easier one than a tough one. I always tell the girls, good first win.
WAKEFIELD â The South Kingstown girls soccer team got its 2013 season started in the right way Wednesday night, taking on Cranston West in its season opener at Curtis Corner Middle School.
The Rebels started off slow, but picked up their game in the second half and came away with a 3-1 win.
âItâs nice to get a win. Itâs always nice to get a win,â said South Kingstown coach Toby Gibbons. âHappy for the girls, we really played some good soccer in the second half. Took us a half to get comfortable, but that happens early in the season.â
WARWICKâAs it is for most teams this time of year, the Narragansett girls volleyball team is still shaking off the rust.
The Mariners â who are among a handful of preseason favorites to be contenders in Division II this season â kicked off their fall with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-21 victory over a less talented Pilgrim squad Tuesday.
âWe did get a little relaxed when we got a lead but I loved it,â Narragansett coach Abby Hummel said. âI loved their effort, I thought they played well next to players and I liked how theyâre looking.â
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâIf Wednesdayâs season opener proved anything to the South Kingstown and Coventry girls volleyball teams it was that both squads have a ways to go to get to where they want to be.
The Oakers entered the contest as the two-time defending Division I champs and for the most part played like it, securing a 25-14, 25-12, 25-18 victory.
Coventry coach Leo Bush knows though, if the Oakers want to defend their crown for the second straight year there is plenty of area for improvement.
PROVIDENCE â Coventry junior captain Ryan Buglio and his brother, freshman midfielder Matt, have played out what happened in the 67th minute of Tuesdayâs season open against Classical many times over the years.
The elder Buglio played a perfect out-swinging corner to the far post where Matt Buglio rose above his defender and headed the ball off the left post and into the net to give the Oakers the lead.
COVENTRY â The Coventry girls tennis team can no longer rely on the âA Teamâ to carry it to the Division III finals. After the graduation of three of the teamâs four singles players, girls whose first name donât being with an A are going to have to fill in the holes.
The only returning member of the âA-Teamâ junior Abby James is back at No. 1 singles and she is joined by a number of talented returning players who remember the sting of last yearâs D-III title loss to Mt. Hope at Slater Park.
The wait has been long, but it is finally over.
âItâs good to finally have a competitive day,â said coach Victoria Tefft on Friday night as her North Kingstown girls volleyball squad prepared for their injury fund matches against Narragansett and East Greenwich.
Fridayâs matches marked the final tune up for the NK Spikers as they prepare to make a run at their first winning season in three years.