2010 RI Interscholastic League Soccer Championships Nov. 12-14
by. Tara Haywood
Providence RI- Rhode Island College was the site of the 2010 MetLife Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Classic Championship Games. On Friday Evening, the Barrington Eagles captured the Boys’ Division I crown over the Shea Raiders in a tough fought 2-1 victory. Barrington, led by standout Jeff Craven’s two first half goals, finished their season undefeated with an impressive 17-0-4 record. Sophomore Julio Ramos tallied for the Raiders on a first half free kick. The Raiders’ keeper Julio Garcia kept the game within reach in the second half with some terrific saves, but the Eagles were able to hold on for the win. Shea, with a team largely comprised of underclassmen, finished their inaugural season as a Division I contender 12-2-5. The Championship was the third in as many years for Barrington, who has amassed a 50-4-7 record during that span.
Smithfield High School (18-2-0) took the Division II title in Saturday afternoon’s battle with East Greenwich. The Sentinels handed the 14-1-4 Avengers their only loss of the season. Smithfield was led by brothers Alex and Krikor Bedrosian. Alex tallied twice, while Krikor made 11 saves in preserving the victory. Mike Marino converted on a penalty kick for the other Smithfield goal. Rob Bialy scored twice for East Greenwich.
In Division III, Classical’s Asa Sohn scored in each half, fueling the Purple to a 3-1 victory over Exeter-West Greenwich. Classical boasted an undefeated divisional record and finished 18-1-1 overall. The Scarlet Knights (13-4-1) opened the scoring with a goal by Chris Lopes. Defender Jose Zarraga was named MVP and Benjamin Dahn also added a goal for Classical to keep the crown.
Girls: Division I
The undefeated LaSalle Rams were looking to grab their third consecutive state title when they took the field against East Greenwich Sunday afternoon. The second-seeded Avengers (15-2-1), on the other hand were trying to prevent their season ending at the hands of the Rams for the fourth straight year. The top-seeded and undefeated Rams dedicated their season to the memory of head coach Joe Avila, who unexpectedly passed away shortly before the start of the season. LaSalle’s MacKenzie Meehan scored the lone goal of the match during the 77th minute. Outstanding defense and exceptional net minding by both teams made for such a close game. Division I Champs La Salle finished 16-0-2.
Exeter/West Greenwich (13-2-3) battled Lincoln (12-1-5) for the Division II prize. After an almost two-decade long wait, EWG was able to hold on for the 2-1 victory over the Lions, securing their first state title. Lincoln’s Melissa Sorkin opened the scoring with a goal in the 15th minute. Early in the second half, EWG’s Cara Caliri tied it up. Kara Shaw’s go-ahead goal would prove to be all the Scarlet Knights needed in winning their first title ever.
In Division III, the Narragansett Mariners (12-1-3) edged their cross-bay rivals 1-0 Middletown (11-1-4) for their first title in 22 years. After a scoreless first half that included some terrific saves by both keepers, Narragansett sophomore Carla Porras was able to slip one past Middletown’s Taylor O’ Malley. That proved to be the game winner, as Elizabeth Castro was able to hold on to the shut out for the Mariners.
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