NORTH PROVIDENCE — Chariho High’s girls’ soccer game on Friday has become a lot bigger.
The Chargers had to settle for a 1-1 tie against North Providence Wednesday evening, a few hours after West Warwick shut out St. Raphael 5-0.
As a result, the Chargers and Wizards go into Friday’s 4 p.m. game tied for first place in Division III-A.
Both teams are 10-1-1 with one game to play after Friday. The winner will secure at least a share of the league title.
Chariho took a 1-0 lead with about eight minutes left in the first half when Samantha Orciari scored on a penalty kick.
North Providence (7-5-2, 5-5-2 Division III-A) tied the score with about 12 minutes to go in the game.
“They had maybe two chances and scored on one, and we had a million and couldn’t finish,” Chariho coach Brittney Godbout said.
The Chargers had only four shots on net.
It just felt like a million.
“We had a ton of opportunities. We controlled the ball for maybe 80 percent of the game, we couldn’t finish,” Godbout said. “We had plenty of crosses, almost breakaways and shot a bit too early or too late.”
Orciari put the penalty kick in the upper left corner after the Cougars were guilty of a hand-ball in the box on a shot from just outside the box by Kathryn Myrtle.
Godbout said Myrtle beat two defenders on the left flank, brought the ball to the fringe of the penalty area, and her shot was high and at the face of the North Providence player, who put her hand up in self defense.
North Providence’s Olivia Capraro tied the score.
She took a cross deep in the box, beat a defender and put the ball under a diving Charger goalie Silvana Terranova.
“Oh my gosh, very frustrating,” Godbout said of the outcome. “The girls responded as if we lost. I told them to pick their heads up, they played great.”
The Chargers were coming off their first league loss, 1-0 to Moses Brown on Friday.
Chariho beat North Providence 3-1 on Sept. 23. Godbout said the Cougars have improved quite a bit since then.
Chariho defeated West Warwick 2-1 on Sept. 26. Oriciari scored both goals for the Chargers in that win.
“We want the title obviously. We’re going to be in West Warwick. The last time we saw them it was a rough game, so there’s a lot of anxiety going in. I’m hoping they can use that to their advantage rather than get nervous and play down,” Godbout said.
“We’re a very young team. A lot of the girls have not been in this situation. The few older girls we have are trying to motivate them. I’m hoping that they will put it all together on Friday.”
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