NCMS boys take the lead
NCMS boys take the lead
By PAUL R. DUBOIS
Valley Breeze Sports Editor
It was a huge week for the North Cumberland Middle School boys soccer team as they won three games and vaulted into sole possession of first place in the Northern Division.
NCMS topped North Smithfield, 3-1, beat Mount St. Charles Academy in an exciting contest, 5-4, and then finished the week by taking down rival McCourt Middle School, 4-2.
"North Cumberland is a very good team," said North Smithfield coach Ed Cabana. "We had a good effort, but our spacing was off."
Riley Crozier had the Northmen's lone goal.
For North Cumberland, Aidan Bagley continued his torrid scoring pace, whipping in two more goals, and Michael Nocera fired one home.
It was a back-and-forth battle against Mount at Diamond Hill Park. With only 13 players suited up, Mount was a bit short-handed, but did not let that bother them.
Mount pressed the action early, but could not get the ball into the net. NCMS got on the board first when it was awarded a penalty kick and Bagley did not miss, drilling the ball into the lower right hand corner.
"Hey guys, it's still zero to zero so don't let up," NCMS coach Jonathan Pais shouted to his troops.
Play continued at a brisk pace as first Mount, and then North Cumberland players raced up the field trying to get into position for a good shot. NCMS was again awarded a penalty kick.
Jack Andrews took the shot from the left side of the field. He approached the ball and kicked a curving shot that initially appeared to be heading toward the right side of the goal, but then changed direction and ended up nestled in the cage in the lower left corner as NCMS took a 2-0 lead.
Mount cut the margin to 2-1 on a Martin Piette score, his first of two in the game. Also scoring for Mount were Dre Danneker and Shaan Arora.
North Cumberland's Jason Diedrich, who has slick ball handling skills, on several occasions drove around defenders and got off decent shots only to watch them careen off the post and crossbar.
His skills were matched by Mount's Dre Danneker, who controlled the middle of the field with his deft footwork and passing.
Zach Fogell gave NCMS a 3-1 advantage when he picked off a loose rebound in front of the net and drilled it home on a shot that the keeper had no chance to save.
Rather than pack it in, Mount responded as Danneker broke through the NCMS defense and popped in a score, making it 3-2.
"Hey, we're right in this game," assistant coach Richard Lawrence told his Mount team at half. "They only have one in-play goal."
The teams battled on even terms in the second half, each scoring twice, but NCMS hung on for the 5-4 win.
"We could have, and maybe should have scored four more goals, said Mount head coach Adam Wolny. "We also could have won if we did not make as many mental mistakes, but we're still learning and North Cumberland is a very good team."
The second half NCMS goals came from Bagley and Michael Nocera.
In the North Cumberland-McCourt game, Bagley again scored two goals, while Adam Bertherman and Andrews added one each as NCMS improve to 6-1-0 for the season.
In other games, after coming close on several occasions, McCourt got its first win of the season, 3-1 over North Smithfield.
"We got a great performance from Denser Diaz, who scored all three of our goals," said McCourt coach Kevin Seixas.
Assisting on the scores were Matthew Lopes, Josh Cunha and Conner Elliot.
The lone North Smithfield score came from Justin Decelles, assisted by Nate Bursell.
Leading the North Smithfield defense, which played a strong game, were keeper Adam Blakemore, Liam Zonin, Jake Labonte, Quinten Anderson, Alex Thurley and Jarrod Dube.
Ponaganset, the only undefeated school, but with three ties, topped Lincoln, 2-0.
"Ponaganset is mostly an 8th-grade team and we're very young," said Lincoln coach Vern Howard. "Defensively we play very well with Alex Lopez, Tyson Sangermano and David Chatty doing a great job, but we struggle in the midfield."
Mount and North Smithfield battled to a 1-1 tie. Justin Decelles had the North Smithfield goal, assisted by Nate Bursell.
Ponaganset took down Burrillville, 4-0.