September 19th, 2013
NORTH KINGSTOWN â As tends to happen in season openers, a tone was set for the North Kingstown boy soccer team two weeks ago when they opened the year against LaSalle.
The Skippers lost that day, 3-2, yielding three unanswered goals to the Rams before clawing back into the game late. The loss sparked a defense that has not yielded a goal since, reeling off three straight wins following their 2-0 decision over Tolman Monday night.
Itâs a feeling Exeter-West Greenwich senior Kara Shaw had only experienced once in the previous four years prior to last Thursdayâs 1-0 defeat at the hands of the East Greenwich girls soccer team.
Itâs something Jack Livsey â a senior captain for the Knightsâ boys team â hadnât seen since his freshman season, when EWG lost four games and finished as runner-up in Division III.
Now, both knew that an âLâ was all but unavoidable this season with the girls team moving up from Division II to Division I and the boys team reeling from graduating 14 seniors.
EAST GREENWICH â In the end the score looked much like one would expect with a reigning Division III runner-up taking on team that finished below .500 a year ago in Division IV
But looks can be deceiving.
That was the case last Friday night as the teams from East Greenwich and Exeter-West Greenwich took to Carcieri Field for an inter-divisional contest to open their 2013 seasons. Through the first three quarters, the Avengers and the Scarlet Knights were locked up in a tight battle until a pair of interceptions broke the game open, propelling East Greenwich to a 34-17 win.
EAST GREENWICH â There may not have been many given the number of returning players off of a successful 2012 squad, but any doubts the East Greenwich High School girls volleyball team should be considered amongst the best in Division II have already been squashed, just two weeks into the season.
WEST GREENWICHâPlaying through adversity has become a common practice for the East Greenwich girls soccer team.
Before she had even stepped on the practice field last season the Avengers lost star defender Marissa Light to a knee injury, yet the team had enough talent that after some position shuffling made their way into the playoffs.
Now a senior captain, Light is back on the field for the Avengers this fall and couldnât be more excited to return.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â Though the season may be but two weeks old, any who thought that last yearâs 7-5-2 season for the Chariho girls soccer team was a mere aberration from a decade of sub-.500 play can just about put those doubts to rest. Tuesdayâs 2-1 home win over Moses Brown makes it four wins in four games in 2013 for the Chargers.
âThis is a first for Chariho in I donât know how many years. Itâs nice. The girls are ecstatic,â said Chargers coach Brittney Godbout. ââŠWe have a very young spirited team and when they want it, they go get it. Itâs nice to see.â
WOOD RIVER JCT.âLast season the Chariho boys soccer team left plenty of points in the standings on the field and Monday the Chargers (1-1-2 Division I) left two after settling for a 2-2 tie with Hope (2-0-1 D-I)
âWe let two points slip towards the end because we had a lot of opportunities,â Chariho coach Tyler Hartshorn said. âThe fitness factor kind of came in for us and we just didnât put them away.â
Rather than a criticism though, it is more a testament to where the Chargers have come in a year as last seasonâs game against the Blue Wave is a perfect example.