Lady Sentinel booters on a roll

Lady Sentinel booters on a roll

By KAYLA PANU

Breeze Sports Writer

kayla@valleybreeze.com

The Smithfield High School girls' varsity soccer team put the pedal to the medal in the second half, scoring four goals and playing solid defense to shut out Toll Gate, 5-0, last week in Division I girls soccer.

The Lady Sentinels scored one goal in the first half in the first few minutes of play. The Lady Titans started the game with possession but that was taken by Smithfield as defender Fallon Greene kicked the ball into Titan territory. Stephanie Ricci kicked her shot just over the net while Brooke Jenkins' shot was saved by Titan goalkeeper Amber Francois.

Toll Gate's Kathleen Morlock tried to get the ball out of her own territory but Jenkins regained control and passed to Victoria Carter for a goal and 1-0 lead.

"In the first half we just couldn't put a lot of pressure on them (Titans)," Smithfield head coach Bob Squillante said. "We haven't been able to finish and put the ball in the net. It's been an Achilles of ours. We create scoring opportunities but can't put the final touch."

It took about 10 minutes for the Sentinels to get back into a rhythm to start the second half but once they did, they put on a show.

"Our seniors did a great job including Brooke Jenkins, Victoria Carter and Stephanie Ricci," Squillante said about three of his goal scorers. "They stepped it up in the second half. We talked at half-time about adjustments and they did a great job. Our subs gave us some good quality minutes. Olivia Holowachuk scored and had another opportunity on the corner. She really put forth the effort in her time in there."

About nine minutes into the second half, the Sentinels got the ball away from the Titans and brought it down the field. Alyssa Beaton got the ball back for Smithfield and passed up to Carter who went to Jaden McCarthy.

Ricci got the ball in front of the net and kicked it in for the 2-0 lead.

Three minutes later, after a shot that sailed over the net, Miranda Peloquin scored a goal. The Titans knocked the ball out, giving the Sentinels back possession in Toll Gate territory. Molly Smith got the ball to Jenkins who went to Peloquin for the goal.

The Sentinels continued to pepper the Toll Gate net with shots on goal. Ricci got a nice shot that was caught by the keeper as the Titans got possession for a while. Holowachuk won the ball and sent it up to Carter who assisted Jenkins' for the goal for the 4-0 lead.

The Sentinels scored their final goal on a penalty shot. Shannon Joyce had the ball but was taken out by Laura McGuire giving Smithfield a penalty kick. Jenkins took the kick sending it gently to Carter near the net. She tapped it over to Holowachuk, who back-kicked it in the net for the goal.

"Our keeper, Alyssa Colbert, has been solid," Squillante said. "This is her fourth shutout of the season."

"We've been playing some great soccer," Squillante said. "I said at the beginning of the year that once the younger kids get up to speed, we will be a strong team. The younger kids are now up to speed and we are a much stronger team."

Victoria Carter wore the heroine's crown last week when she scored both goals in a hard-fought 2-1 Division win over North Kingstown.

Assisting on the goals were Miranda Peloquin and Alyssa Ricci.

Smithfield concluded its week on Saturday and dropped a 5-2 decision to Bay View. Bay View jumped all over the Lady Sentinels in the first half, scoring four times and took a 4-0 lead.

Scoring for Smithfield were Carter and Jenkins.

Scituate girls had their hands full last week when they took on Cranston East. The Bolt had only won one game this season, but battled the Lady Spartans before losing 5-4.

Scituate got off to a 3-1 lead by half, but the Bolt fought back and nearly pulled the game out.

Goal scorers for Scituate were Katherine Entwistle, two, Mallory Cottam, Renee Bourgault and Amanda Woodbury. Picking up assists were Talia Pino, Renee Bourgault and Natalia Tamayo.

The Lady Spartans also took on rival Scituate and posted a 4-0 win earlier in the week as Renee Bourgault had a huge game, scoring a pair of goals and assisting on another.

Other goal scorers were Pino and Keryn Birrell. Also earning assists were Julie Bourgault and Katie Sousa.

The Lady Spartans, 6-1-1 and tied for first place in Division II, were scheduled to play Westerly and then have a showdown game against Lincoln, which is undefeated and tied for first place.

Ponaganset High broke out on top, 2-1 at half, and dominated in the second half in securing a 4-2 win over East Providence.

Tess Coutu, Jillian DelPrete, Jillian Lemos and Courtney Leblanc shared the scoring for the Lady Chieftains and Katie Wendt earned an assist.