NCMS soccer girls get into playoffs on last day

NCMS soccer girls get into playoffs on last day

They needed to win or tie in their last game to assure themselves of a berth in the state playoffs.

Taking no chances, the North Cumberland Middle School girls soccer team put together one of their best games and defeated Mount St. Charles Academy, 3-0, to grab the North Division's fourth and final playoff slot.

Burrillville and Lincoln tied for first place in the division, both going undefeated at 10-0-2, and North Smithfield placed third at 7-5. NCMS finished at 6-6, followed by Ponaganset, 5-7; Mount, 2-10, and McCourt, 0-12.

Emma Tziachris got North Cumberland on the board first with a strong individual effort and it remained 1-0 at half as both teams parried back and forth, but could not find the scoring range.

NCMS had several chances deep in Mount territory, but were thwarted on several scoring chances.

In the second half, Mackenzie Carter scored an insurance marker during a scrum in front of the Mount net, and Abby Fleisig, assisted by Kaitlyn D'Abrosca, added the final score.

"The shutout was assured by an awesome defense and outstanding goaltending by Sophie Goddard," said NCMS coach Rachel Emery.

North Cumberland was scheduled to play at Kickemuit of Warren in the opening round of playoffs.

Coach Chris Clarke's Lincoln Middle School team grabbed its share of first place in the Northern Division with a 4-2 win over Ponaganset.

Earlier in the week, the team played Burrillville to a 2-2 tie, the second time that the teams have tied this season.

"We scored four early goals so we were able to get many of our 6th-graders out onto the field, which was nice," said Clarke.

Cam Thompson, who has blossomed into a top scorer in the past two weeks, was at it again, scoring a pair of goals for Lincoln, while Lily Loparto and Riley Soares added one goal apiece.

"I was impressed with all of my 6th-graders," said Clarke. "They played solid throughout the game and got some good minutes and experience in preparation for next year. We are now into the business end of the season and all the girls are super excited to try and go one step further than last year."

Lincoln was given the second seed from the North Division. Although the team tied with Burrillville at 10-0-2, Burrillville allowed fewer goals during the regular season, eight to Lincoln's 11, and were awarded the higher seed.

Both were scheduled to play home games, with Lincoln hosting Bay View and the Mustangs playing at home against Jamestown.

Playing their last home game of their careers, the North Smithfield Middle School team honored its 8th-graders in their final game last week, an 8-0 pasting of McCourt Middle School.

"The girls came out strong and dominated the entire game," said coach Nancy Marcantonio. "The whole team played great and finished the season in third place. Now on to the playoffs."

Three Lady Northmen had two goals each against McCourt, Vanessa Venkataraman, Celeste Gambardella and Alyana Kozlik.

Adding single scores each were Jessica Kent and Alexis LaBelle. Earning assists were Makenzie Anderson, Gambardella, Kent, Venkataraman, Kozlik and Madison Reynolds.

North Smithfield was scheduled to play Portsmouth, the second-place finisher in the East Division.

Other playoff pairings are Burrillville hosting Jamestown, the fourth seed from the South; Scituate, the third-place team in the Central Division, traveling to Davisville to play the second-seed from the South; Gallagher, the Central Division champion, hosting fourth-place Chariho from the South Division; Feinstein, second-place in the Central, hosting Wickford, the third-place team from the South, and South champion Curtis Corner from South Kingstown hosting Deering of West Warwick, the fourth-place team from the Central.