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Bulldogs unable to finish


WESTERLY — A 1-0 second half lead did not hold up for the Westerly High’s boys’ soccer team as Smithfield rallied and beat the Bulldogs 2-1 in Tuesday’s Division II game.

Pat Johns took a feed from Adam Moscaritolo and scored Westerly’s only goal 15 minutes into the second half.

Smithfield tied the score 5 minutes later, then took the lead with 5 minutes left in the game.

Westerly coach Les Ahern said that his team missed a number of opportunities throughout the game.

“We really out-pressured them in the first half and we outshot them 9-6 but we just weren’t able to get on the board,” Ahern said.

“We had a lot of good crosses but our players just weren’t able to get to the ball.”

Westerly goalkeeper Billy McCormick made 11 saves in Tuesday’s game including one big save in the last five minutes which Ahern said kept his team in the game.

Smithfield (2-0, 2-0 Division II) beat Westerly 4-0 in the second game of the 2012 season as well but only finished 5-4-6 overall.

Shots were even with each team putting 13 on goal.

The Bulldogs (0-2, 0-2 Division II) visit Providence Country Day Thursday at 4 p.m.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Tiverton ...........................1

Westerly ...........................0

TIVERTON — The Tigers capitalized on a chance off a free kick with 14 minutes to play to account for the only scoring in Tuesday’s Division II game.

Tiverton’s Colleen Gillis took the free kick and Allison Benevides headed the ball in to give the Tigers the 1-0 advantage.

Westerly nearly tied the game up with 10 minutes to play when Brittany DeGrooth’s strike on goal hit the crossbar. DeGrooth also had a solid chance earlier in the game when she hit a free kick on goal. A Tiverton defender was able to head the ball to save a goal.

Westerly out-shot the Tigers 13-11 and held a 3-1 advantage on corner kicks.

Tiverton’s Amber Silva made eight stops and converting the goal off the free kick was enough to help the Tigers (1-0-1) pick up their first win of the season.

“We played good, we had complete control of the game and kept it in front of their goal most of the game. We just gave up that free kick,” Westerly coach Clyde Britt said.

Britt said Amy Luther had a big game at the stopper position. Emily Sullivan made eight stops on goal.

Westerly (0-1-1) was coming off a 2-2 tie in the season opener. In that game the Bulldogs saw Mt. St. Charles knot the score in the final minute of the game.

The Bulldogs travel to North Smithfield on Thursday in search of their first win of the season. The Division II contest begins at 7 p.m.

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

Scituate ............................3

Westerly ...........................1

SCITUATE — Westerly High played its most competitive match of the season while dropping to 0-4 overall, 0-3 in Division II-South Tuesday.

The Bulldogs, who came into the match fresh off of two 3-0 Division II-South losses, gave Scituate all it could handle, losing three tight games by a total of seven points.

Westerly dropped the first game, 25-23. After winning the second, 25-17, Westerly came tantalizingly close to taking control of the match only to lose the third game, 28-26 in overtime.

Scituate (1-2, 1-2 Division II-South) wrapped up its first team victory with a 25-22 win in the fourth game.

For Westerly’s first-year coach Molly Morrone, her young team’s representative effort gave her plenty of positive feelings.

“Even though we lost, the girls played an amazing match,” Morrone said. “We were hustling, passing well and communicating. We could have beaten this team but a lot of errors, letting balls drop in, were our own doing. At this point there are only minor adjustments that need to be made.”

Morrone praised the serving of junior Haley Menta, who led the Bulldogs with four aces.

“We ran off a slew of points to make the third game tied, 23-23,” Morrone said. “Then it was 24-23, 25-24, 26-25, tight the whole way.”

Junior Izzy Carey contributed nine digs and four kills for Westerly. Senior Lia Gabrielle had four kills and four digs. Junior Andrea Morrone and sophomore Alyssa Valentini each made four digs.

The Bulldogs play 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Narragansett.



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