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October 20th, 2013
COVENTRY â€” Sometimes the difference between a win and a loss is the width of a crossbar.
That was the case last Thursday afternoon for the Coventry and Narragansett boys soccer teams. Just a minute before halftime Mariner junior Jonathan Tartaro slammed a shot off Domenic Aguiarâ€™s crossbar.
With the game still scoreless just minutes into the second half, Coventry junior midfielder Sam Burton ripped a shot from the top of the box. The ball looped over goalie Austin McKanna, ricocheted off the bottom of the crossbar and bounced into the net to lead the Oakers to a 1-0 Division II win.
PROVIDENCEâ€”For a team thatâ€™s struggled to finish its scoring chances this season the South Kingstown boys soccer squad certainly picked a good day to find its touch around the net.
Friday the Rebels (8-2-0 Division I) emerged from a wild, back-and-forth second half to secure a 4-3 victory at Hope (5-4-1 Division I).
â€śWeâ€™ve been getting a little better at that,â€ť SK coach Scott Rollins said of his teamâ€™s ability to finish chances. â€śToday was weird because it was our defense that let us down a little bit but hey, win is a win and this is a tough place to play.â€ť
PROVIDENCEâ€”The Division I football season is just four weeks old but it is already shaping up to be a wild finish.
Friday South Kingstown (3-2, 1-2 D-I) â€“ fresh off a thrilling win over Portsmouth (4-1, 3-1 D-I) the week prior â€“ dropped a 27-16 decision at La Salle (5-1, 3-1 D-I), whose only loss of the season came to the Patriots in week one.
Given that Cranston West, East Providence and Tolman have started 0-4 â€“ while Barrington 3-0 and Hendricken 4-0 â€“ the stage is setting up for a potential battle for two playoff spots between the Rebels, Patriots, Rams and Cranston East.
Nick Ross is off to a good start running with the La Salle University menâ€™s cross country team.
Junior Ross, from East Greenwich (East Greenwich High), finished 16th out of 401 runners in the Gold Division race at last weekendâ€™s Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, PA. His 8k time was 24:25 and it helped the Explorers finish sixth out of 47 teams.
Prior to that, Ross finished 16th out of 122 runners in the Main Line Invitational in Haverford, PA with a 4 mile time of 19:49.35.
WEST WARWICK â€” The undefeated Narragansett volleyball team easily won the first two games of Wednesday nightâ€™s clash with West Warwick before the Wizards opened up a four-point lead midway through the third game.
It wouldâ€™ve been easy for the Mariners to chalk the game up as a loss and win the contest in the next game, but thatâ€™s not the mentality Narragansett first-year coach Abby Hummel has ingrained in the team.
WAKEFIELD â€” There wasnâ€™t much separating the undefeated West Warwick and Prout boys soccer teams entering Tuesdayâ€™s Division III showdown.
After 80 minutes, there still wasnâ€™t much separation.
The Crusaders, thanks to a third-minute goal from senior forward Kevin Brew opened the scoring, but the Wizards received goals on either side of halftime from junior forwards Cameron Price and Chris Peixoto to lift West Warwick to an impressive 2-1 road win.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”As the night crept forward and lights buzzed, the sounds of tennis rackets rhythmically persisted Tuesday evening at Sprague Park.
In a match that started some two hours earlier â€™Gansettâ€™s Brooke McGreen and Ashley Kennedy pushed on, deadlocked in a battle with Westerlyâ€™s Margo Douglas and Katie Kuzmic with the overall match on the line.
Fatigue â€“ both mental and physical â€“ had clearly set in for both sides as follow throughs lacked the vigor they once had.
As much as every coach wants to win every match most will admit that as long as they see improvement theyâ€™ll leave a game satisfied.
For the Exeter-West Greenwich girls tennis team, Tuesdayâ€™s match at Scituate was a concrete example that the Knights are better than they were at the start of September.
After opening the season by getting swept at home by the Spartans EWG gave Scituate all it could handle Tuesday before falling 5-2.
COVENTRY â€” In just two days the Coventry girls soccer team went from a team that could barely muster a shot against Portsmouth to beating one of the contenders for the Division I title.
Just two days after being comprehensively beaten by Portsmouth in a game where the score line didnâ€™t indicate the Patriotsâ€™ true domination, the Oakers recorded what could be considered their biggest victory since moving up to Division I in 2008.
PROVIDENCEâ€”It wasnâ€™t 62 points, but the Exeter-West Greenwich football team very well could have scored that many if it had so desired.
The Scarlet Knights â€“ who played up at Division I Cranston East and Division III East Greenwich in their two preseason contests â€“ rolled over the Providence Country Day/Wheeler/Juanita Sanchez Co-op 35-14 in their league opener Saturday afternoon at Conley Stadium.