Gallagher girls undefeated

Gallagher girls undefeated

SMITHFIELD - Coach Kate McCurdy's Gallagher Middle School girls soccer team is off to its best start ever.

The team is 5-0 in Central Division play to date and has allowed only one goal in five games, while scoring 19.

"So far, we've had some good success," said McCurdy. "I can't remember ever being undefeated this late into the season."

Gallagher opened its season with a 5-0 win over Ferri Middle School of Johnston, then defeated a good Scituate team, 2-0. After that, the Smithfield girls bopped Deering, 6-0, before pulling out a close 2-1 win over Feinstein and then beating Exeter/West Greenwich, 4-0.

"The games against Scituate and Feinstein were very close and could have gone either way," said McCurdy. "Our girls had to work extra hard to pull out those wins."

Against Feinstein, 6th-grader Zoie Allen scored both goals, one coming on a header off a corner kick and the game-winner coming on a penalty kick that she deposited into the corner of the net.

Riley Hart had the hot hand against Deering, scoring three times for a hat trick, while Taylor Cobain added a pair of scores, and Jenna Pezza, one.

It was a close game against E/WG, and Gallagher held a penny lead at half, 1-0, but pulled away with three second-half scores.

The first goal came when Hart found the range.

"We had a lot of good scoring chances in the first half, but just could not finish," said McCurdy. "We did better in the second half.

Second-half scores came from Cobain, assisted by Melaragno, Abby Proulx with help from Melaragno, and Cobain again.

It was the first goal of the season for Proulx.

The boys soccer team is 3-1-1 in league play. Coach Geoff St. Sauveur's team opened the season with an easy 9-0 win over Ferri, and followed that with another laugher, 8-0 over Scituate.

But then it dropped a 3-2 decision to Deering and tied Feinstein, 1-1, before getting back on the winning track at the expense of E/WG, 3-0.