WESTERLY — Mike Johns’ hat trick highlighted a big offensive day for the Westerly High boys’ soccer team and led to a 5-1 Division II upset against Mount St. Charles Monday.
Mount St. Charles entered Monday’s game at 4-0-1 and tied for first place in the 16-team division but left Westerly with its first loss of the season.
“Mike finally brought his A-game,” Bulldogs’ coach Les Ahern said. “He played tenacious up top and really just hustled for all three of his goals.”
Johns scored both of Westerly’s first-half goals and made the score 4-0 Westerly on his third tally of the game in the second half.
Mount St. Charles outshot Westerly 13-12 but Billy McCormick’s 12 saves kept the Mounties’ offense in check.
“We carried the play in a really fast-paced game,” Ahern said. “Their coach even came over and said to us ‘man you guys play fast.’”
Pat Johns and Cooper Ferreira scored Westerly’s other goals.
Ferreira, Austin DeGiacomo, Robbie Trebisacci and Terrell Norris each had assists.
Ahern said the win should be a wakeup call to his team which has struggled at times in a 4-4 start (3-4 Division II).
“I’m not going to let them slack one bit after this game,” he said. “They set the mark today and I don’t believe they’ll fool around and take stupid losses because of lack of hustle.”
The Bulldogs have now won four in a row and have a chance to climb over the .500 mark for the first time this season when they visit Mount Pleasant Thursday at 3:45 p.m.
Warwick Veterans ...........2
WESTERLY — It took all five games, but the Bulldogs picked up their first win of the season in Monday’s Division II-South match Monday.
It also was the first varsity win for new coach Molly Morrone, a former Bulldog standout.
The match was a back and forth affair with neither team winning consecutive games.
The Bulldogs took the first game 25-15 and Warwick Veterans won the second 25-17.
Westerly held a six point lead in the third game but the Hurricanes (0-7, 0-7 Division II-South) managed a comeback and eventually tied the score 25-25.
“Megan Lacey had two straight aces to win us that game,” Morrone said.
Warwick Vets won the fourth game 25-19 but Westerly came away with a 15-11 win in the decisive fifth game.
“Izzy Carey had a big kill that put us up 14-11 in the third game,” Morrone said.
“They were definitely celebrating during the fifth game, all the girls were standing. The girls played really well, our passing was great and they worked for every point. It should give us confidence moving forward.”
The Bulldogs (1-7, 1-6 Division II-South) host Pilgrim Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
NEWPORT — The Bulldogs defeated Middletown 17-46 but fell to Chariho 24-35 in Monday’s Southern Division meet at St. George’s School.
Maddy McLaughlin was Westerly’s top finisher, placing third overall in 21 minutes and 54 seconds on the 3.1mile course.
Senior Jackie Burr, who has won the last four Southern Division races she has competed in as well as this year’s Injury Fund meet, did not run on Monday. Burr was on a college visit.
Chariho’s Isabel Baker took first overall in 21:05.
Westerly’s next finisher was Sarah Garvey who placed fourth in 22:34. The other Bulldogs to score were Carlie Sisco (fifth in 22:50), Charlotte Andrus (12th in 24:08) and Catherine Labriola (13th in 24:12).
Chariho is now 4-0 and Middletown is 0-4.
The Bulldogs (2-2, 2-2 Southern Division) run at the Ocean State Invitational on Saturday at Goddard Park.
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Westerly falls twice
NEWPORT — Sam DeSarro was Westerly’s top finisher as the Bulldogs fell to Chariho, 15-50, and Middletown, 25-34, at St. George’s School on Monday in Southern Division action.
DeSarro finished in 10th place in 19 minutes and 58 seconds. Chariho’s Stephen Gencarelli was the race winner, finishing in 17:49. Westerly coach Ryan Palmer said the course was 3.25 miles long.
Westerly’s second finisher was Justin Senior who placed 11th in 20:02. Ben Calitri finished 20th in 21:11. Chris Schaffer took 33rd in 25:39 and Rees Harold placed 34th in 26:01.
The Bulldogs will run in the Ocean State Invitational at Goddard Park on Saturday.