WOOD RIVER JCT. — The North’s dominance of the South in Division II field hockey continued Wednesday afternoon when Classical defeated Chariho High 1-0.
Amelia O’Rourke scored the goal with about two minutes left in the first half. Debbie Rossi assisted.
The five teams in the North are 20-0-2 in crossover games with three games remaining.
Warwick Vets is the only South team able to have any success against the North — a 2-2 tie against Cumberland on Oct. 2 and a 0-0 tie against Burrillville on Wednesday.
Chariho had more shots than Classical, 9-4, and had 16 penalty corners. The Purple did not have a single corner.
“We truly dominated this game offensively, but could not put the ball in the net,” Chariho coach Johannah LaFountain said. “They scored on one breakaway in which two of their players were left open after the defense was too far up trying to feed the ball into the circle.”
Classical goalie Alasondra Apici made 12 saves. Maddie Powers made four for the Chargers.
Classical (5-3-1, 5-3-1 Division II-North) came into the day in a three-way tie for third place in its league.
Chariho is winless in its last five games (0-4-1) including a scoreless nonleague tie against Fitch in its previous game.
The Chargers have not scored since a 3-2 overtime loss to Burrillville on Sept. 26.
“My offense looked more like themselves with higher speed and passing, but not quite back in the groove,” LaFountain said.
The loss, combined with Warwick Vets’ tie, dropped Chariho (4-4-2, 3-4-1 Division II-South) into a tie for first place. The Chargers and Hurricanes (3-4-3, 2-4-3 Division II-South) both have seven points. Rocky Hill (3-5) is third.
Warwick Vets is next on Chariho’s schedule — Tuesday at home, 3:45 p.m.
WOONSOCKET — Corey Zegarzewski scored a goal and assisted on another as the Chargers earned their second victory of the season Wednesday.
Zegarzewski’s assist came first. He was able to track down a ball that bounced off a Villa Novans’ defender before it crossed the end line. He crossed the ball over Woonsocket’s 6-foot-4 keeper. Dustin Tougas headed the ball home from about four yards away. The goal came about 22 minutes into the game and tied it at 1-1.
Zegarzewski scored in the first minute of the second half on an assist by Bruce Law. Law played a ball back to Zegarzewski, who one-timed it from about 14 yards out.
Zegarzewski has scored six goals this season.
Steve LaBier scored the final goal on a penalty kick about 16 minutes into the second half. LaBier was taken down in the box resulting in the penalty kick.
Chariho’s Zach Kittell played well in the back, while Rob Wood turned in his best performance of the season creating a lot of opportunities. He played at forward in the first half and defensive center midfield in the second half.
Chariho is 2-8-2, 2-6-2 in Division I, while Woonsocket dropped to 0-9-1, 0-8-1 Division I.
Chariho hosts La Salle on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho coach Doug Bliven was encouraged by his team’s performance in Wednesday’s Division I crossover match.
“We knew we were playing one of best teams in the state in Classical. We played well, we forced them to earn their points rather than give a lot away by making mistakes,” Bliven said following the 25-17, 25-22, 25-23 loss.
“Classical has some big hitters,” Bliven said.
“We kind of knew who the strong players were and tonight for the first time maybe all season we were able to play intelligently, and by that I mean we not only made good reads off their shots, we were able to identify where they were and where they were going and put on solid blocks.”
Chariho (4-7, 3-7 Division I-South) had a 23-19 lead in the third set after a service run by Haley Duscha.
Rhiannon Wilson led Chariho in kills with eight. Maddy Cusumano led in digs with 24. Jill Rios had 24 assists, two blocks and two kills. Korissa Davis and Duscha had five kills.
“We didn’t make a lot of careless mistakes and unforced errors. We lost a lot of points trying to make aggressive swings. A look at the scores wouldn’t show it, but I like the way we played. If we keep playing like that we’re going to be competitive,” Bliven said.
Chariho returns to Division I-South competition Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. match at South Kingstown.