Lady Lions, Mustangs still undefeated

Lady Lions, Mustangs still undefeated

By PAUL R. DUBOIS

Valley Breeze Sports Editor

pdubois@valleybreeze.com

It will change this week.

Both the Lincoln and Burrillville girls middle school soccer teams are undefeated and tied for the top spot in the Northern Division, but the teams were scheduled to clash this week, and barring a tie, one of them will zip to the top of the standings alone.

Lincoln retained its share of first place by winning its only game last week, a 4-2 decision over Ponaganset.

Burrillville kept pace by beating the same Ponaganset team, 4-0.

In the Lincoln game, Lily Loparto fired home a pair of goals and Julia Barnes added one. The final score came when a Ponaganset player accidentally knocked the ball into her own net.

"We showed great character because we fell behind a very good Ponaganset team and came back to win," said Lincoln coach Chris Clarke. "Julia Barnes played an excellent game at midfield and she thoroughly deserved her goal."

Clarke said the game featured some of the best he has seen all season.

"We really passed the ball around with some authority, but give credit to Ponaganset because they made it really difficult for us," said Clarke. "Luckily we were able to scrap it out and Lily Loparto helped drag us across the finish line with her two goals."

The North Cumberland girls posted a 4-1 win over McCourt last week, but the big news was that McCourt scored its first goal of the season when Ali Mowry found the back of the net.

Coach Nancy Marcantonio's North Smithfield team posted two wins of the season last week, a 5-0 win over Mount St. Charles Academy and a 3-0 victory over McCourt.

In the Mount contest, the Lady Northmen dominated as scoring ace Vanessa Vankataraman blasted home three goals for a hat trick and Alexis LaBella and Madison Reynolds added one each.

Assists were earned by Alexia Brandao, Ai-Linh Ngyuen, Rachel Finn and Celeste Grambardella. Keeper Olivia Marcantonio recorded the shutout in goal.

In the McCourt game, Vankataraman scored a pair of goals early and coach Marcantonio immediately emptied her bench on the way to a 3-0 win. Meredith Parsons scored the third goal and assists went to Reynolds, Eileen Whalen and Jessica Kent.

"It's been a tough season for a young McCourt team and I saw no reason for leaving our front-liners in," said Marcantonio. "Plus it gives our younger girls some experience."