Jenks boys soccer team completes undefeated season

Jenks boys soccer team completes undefeated season

PAWTUCKET - After a tough victory at Portsmouth the previous week to seal the division, the Jenks Middle School boys' soccer team finished the regular season undefeated, cruising to a 9-3 victory over Thompson of Newport last week.

The Jaguar starters took control of the game early, allowing the bench players to see substantial playing time.

"The idea of using my bench was to balance the game," Jenks head coach Carlos Vieira said.

While the Jaguars clinched the Eastern division with their 11-0-1 record, the Warriors had a tougher go, finishing the season at the bottom at 0-12. However, Thompson was one of Jenks' tougher matches earlier this season. The Warriors scored the most goals on Jenks in one game this year, netting three.

"We played our worse game against Thompson," Jenks' assistant coach, Harris Nachbar said. "We didn't take the lead until 10 minutes into the first half."

This time around the Jaguars had a different plan. They wanted to take the lead early while working on the little things and getting others more playing time. And they did just that. From the first minute until half-time, the Jaguars had complete control.

The Jaguars got the ball to start the game and passed around allowing each player to get into the action. Lyelson Miranda quickly passed up to Devon Silva who shot the ball but the Thompson goalkeeper caught the ball for the save.

After a Thompson kick, Curtis Brown got the ball and set up Amadou Jallow for the shot that was blocked. Brown had more luck getting a pass from Miranda and shot straight on for the first goal of the game.

Brown immediately got the ball back and it was passed up to Andrew Mendes. It was knocked out by a Warrior player giving Mendes a corner kick. He kicked the ball toward the penalty kick line and Brown was there to head it in for his second goal of the game.

Brown also scored the third goal for Jenks, getting another perfect feed by Miranda. At that point, with the quick 3-0 lead, the Jenks coaching staff started to sub players in and out. But the Jaguars did not lose steam as Silva put one in the corner of the net for the 4-0 advantage.

The Jaguar offense was on fire as Cesar Franco got the ball away from Thompson before a penalty was called giving Thompson back the ball. Brown came in with the steal. As he and Miranda went for the Thompson net, the keeper came out for the blocking dive. The keeper stayed down but did not keep hold of the ball as Brown regained possession and passed over to Miranda for the open net goal.

With the 5-0 lead, more of the starters were subbed out and stayed out. Silva and Miranda remained in along with Jallow as they kept the pressure up on the Warriors. Silva passed to Miranda but the keeper got it before Kamron Reynolds could attempt a shot. Silva again got the ball back and Jallow got off a shot as the keeper was again out of the net for the 6-0 lead.

There was still a lot of time left in the first as the Jaguars scored their seventh goal, this one coming on a hard shot by Silva getting over the keeper for the goal.

"We wanted to improve and gain momentum," Nachbar said about their goals for the game heading into the playoffs.

The Jaguars held on to go into the second half with a 7-0 lead. They came out in the second half looking very different.

Jason DeAmaral went from being the goalkeeper to a fielder while Leonardo Tavares replaced him in net. DeAmaral was out there with Allen Anane, Heliandro Lopes, Eniola Kehinde and Reynolds.

On defense, Bryan Jacobo stayed in and had help from Damian Dardwinski with Tavares behind them.

Tavares made a few nice saves, with help from his defense before finally letting one in. The Warriors picked up momentum and scored another one a few minutes later.

Before Thompson's second goal the Jaguars had a chance to add to their lead as Anane passed to Daniel Diaz but the shot was saved. Diaz tried to set up Reynolds for another attempt but that was foiled by Thompson.

With the 7-2 lead, the Jaguar offense came to life scoring two consecutive goals.

The eighth goal was scored by Lopes and the ninth by Dardwinski.

With seconds left the Warriors scored their third goal as time ran out and Jenks finished the regular season with a 9-3 win.

"We are ready for the playoffs," Vieira said. "We are the division champs and now we want the state."