Girls soccer teams eliminated from state playoffs

Girls soccer teams eliminated from state playoffs

WARWICK - On a windy, wet day, the Scituate High School girls' varsity soccer team got off to a slow start and could not rebound in the second half falling, 2-0, to the Warwick Veterans in the Division II high school soccer quarterfinals, ending their season.

"I think we came out slow but at half-time I told the girls they needed to get fired up and they did," Scituate head coach Robert Parmenter said. "We lost our top goal scorer, Renee Bourgault, in our previous game and that hurt not having her."

Smithfield's season ended on Sunday when the Lady Sentinels dropped a 2-1 decision to host East Greenwich.

The Lady Spartans ended the regular season with an 8-5-1 record and finished above where they placed last year. They defeated the Ponaganset Lady Chieftains, 7-3, in the qualifying round to face off against 10-4 Warwick. Bourgault was injured in the Ponaganset game.

The Lady Hurricanes started off the game with possession that was quickly stolen by Julie Bourgault. The Hurricanes regained possession as well as the tone of the first half. After a penalty was called, Spartan Kayte Sousa got the kick. Keryn Birrel got the ball and tried to pass to Talia Pino before it was knocked out.

With a corner kick attempt, Katherine Entwistle shot it up as Birrel came forward. She went to the oncoming Entwistle that went by the Warwick keeper but they could not score as Sloan Kinney got the steal for the Hurricanes.

The ball went down the field into Spartan territory. Nicole Luiz went to Abbie Paul while getting into a better position. Paul's shot was short of the goal but Luiz tried to use her body to get it in to no avail. Luiz gained possession on the Spartan goal kick. Kinney took the shot sending the ball over goalkeeper, Rebecca Sprague's head for the goal and 1-0 lead.

The next goal was scored a few minutes later as the Spartans tried to get their bearings. This time, Emily Almonte scored, just knocking the ball into the net for the 2-0 advantage.

Pino tried a few times to get the ball into the Hurricane net but was always just off.

The score remained at 2-0 going into the second half as the Spartans had different field position and an uptake in wind. As the second half went on, the rain began lightly.

The Spartans were much more aggressive and awake in the second half. Entwistle and Birrel had control to begin the half but lost it going out. They regained the ball on the goal kick as Tayler DiPanni won it and went to Entwistle as Warwick committed a penalty. Sousa took the kick hitting the top of the post and bouncing out.

Scituate kept the ball on Warwick's side putting more pressure on the keeper, Katelen Pick and taking advantage of Warwick's penalties. Sousa made another deep kick that Pick caught to save. On her next attempt, Sousa got Pick to bobble the ball. Pick caught it then dropped it before recovering it as Pino came speeding in for the rebound. And that's how the rest of the game continued to go. The shots were there but the Spartans could not find a way to get the ball into the net. Amanda Woodbury, Sousa and Pino all had nice attempts that just missed or were carried away by the wind.

"I'm proud of the second half," Parmenter said. "They fought and played a good game. Keri Birrel played a great game as did Tayler (DiPanni), (Kayte) Sousa and Talia (Pino)."

Sprague stayed in net the entire game recording 12 saves. On the other side Pick had 10 saves and kept the Spartans off the board.

The loss ended Scituate's season, a season that was plagued by injuries but also perseverance.

"I was happy with our season," Parmenter said. "We finished ninth last year and fifth this year. Even with all the injuries we still fought hard. It seemed every time we got someone back we lost someone else.

"It was a good season with a good group of kids," he continued. "It is disappointing for the seniors who wanted to keep going."

In the Ponaganset game, the winners got out to a fast start and held a 4-1 lead at half, and added to their lead in the second half.

Talia Pino, two, Katherine Entwistle, Keryn Birrell, Renee Bourgault, Julie Bourgault and Amanda Woodbury knocked home goals for the Lady Spartans. Earning assists were Entwistle and Birrell, two each, Pino and Renee Bourgault.

For the Lady Chieftains, Sarah Keefe scored a pair of goals and Courtney LeBlanc added the third.

Before their season ended, the Smithfield High girls concluded their regular season by defeating Coventry, 4-0 behind two goals each by Stephanie Ricci and Brooke Jenkins.

The team, the sixth seed in Division I, then took on Mount Hope, the 11th seed, in a preliminary state playoff game and posted a 4-1 win.

The Lady Sentinels got off to a fast start and led 3-1 at half. Victoria Carter smacked home a pair of goals while Fallon Greene and Chloe Holowachuk added one score each.

Ricci earned three assists in the game.

Smithfield then moved on to play the third seed, East Greenwich, and lost.