Scituate’s undefeated!

Scituate’s undefeated!

Scituate’s Cassandra Clancy, right, gets her head on the ball before Mount Saint Charles’ Renee Jacques can get to it during last week’s Division II game on the Mounties’ campus. The Spartans posted a 5-0 victory that helped them finish their regular season with a 15-0-1 record. (Breeze photo by Kayla Panu)
Defending D-II girls’ soccer champions take 15-0-1 record into postseason

WOONSOCKET – For the first time since 2005, the Scituate High girls’ soccer team has ended its regular season with an undefeated record, and in last Friday afternoon’s Division II finale, on the road against Mount Saint Charles, the Spartans did all their scoring in the first half to shut out the Mounties, 5-0, and improve to 15-0-1.

“We’re undefeated,” Scituate head coach Robert “Bubba” Parmenter added. “It was a good year, and a mostly healthy year. We had Sam and Rachel Oster out for a while (during the) midseason, but now we’re strong and healthy going into the playoffs, so we’re excited. A new season starts.”

Sam Oster, a senior, and her sister, Rachel, a freshman, each scored a goal against Mount, as the scoring was done early and often for the Spartans, and they even knocked Mount starting keeper Abigail Dalpe from the game after Scituate scored its fourth goal.

“We score a lot of goals, and we didn’t have that many against us this year,” said Parmenter, who saw his goalkeeper, Madison Medbury, stop seven shots for Scituate’s eighth shutout of the year. “I think we had nine (scored) against us, and Maddie is doing an awesome job in net again.”

The Spartans also have two of the D-II’s top scorers in Taylor Parker, who leads the way with 23 goals, and Delaney Langton, who has three goals and a league-best 18 assists. Emily Pietrantozzi has also scored 11 goals with six assists.

Pietrantozzi began the scoring for Scituate off a throw-in by Langton just 4:35 into the half. The Spartans kept the pressure up in Mount’s zone, but could not generate anything until 15 minutes later. Alexia Parker got the ball to Pietrantozzi, who found Rachel Oster on the outside and Oster scored for the 2-0 lead.

Parker then scored the next two within a two-minute span. The first one came when the Spartans got a free kick that was taken by Cassandra Clancy. Parker followed the ball, got out in front of it, and took a shot that Dalpe missed and found the back of the net.

Langton set up the next score, as she kicked the ball up to Taylor Parker and Dalpe came out to meet her. Dalpe went down and Parker had an empty net to score her goal. With Dalpe replaced in net by Morgan Hancock, Parker went on to set up Sam Oster for Scituate’s final goal.

“We lost (Parker) for all of last season, and she even started out slow this year,” Parmenter said. “And now she has been on a tear. (She has) a lot of multiple-goal games and has been a force to be reckon with, which is good because she usually draws the other team’s best defender, and that kind of opens up everything else for us too. We have a lot of weapons, so it’s good.”

As for this year’s team, which graduated just two starters from last season’s D-II championship squad, “We have a good group of girls and they’ve been focused since day one,” said Parmenter. “Some weeks were tough; they put a lot of pressure on themselves. They wanted to finish on top, and they really wanted to push for an undefeated season.”

Now the Spartans move on to the postseason, which for them, is expected to begin on Friday with a quarterfinal-round game at Manning Field. They are going into the playoffs confident, but with an open mind, as it is a whole new season now.

“Anybody could be dangerous,” Parmenter said. “It’s one and done.”

He highlighted the top four teams, being them, North Smithfield, Burrillville, and Moses Brown. Both Burrillville and North Smithfield were undefeated a month ago, but the Northmen gave the Broncos their first loss before Scituate did the same thing to North Smithfield a few days later.

But in Parmenter’s eyes, everyone is a threat.

“We were like the seventh seed (in the Division I playoffs in 2006) when we beat La Salle (in the finals), so anything can happen,” Parmenter said.