“Serving helped, but I think it was the girls’ attitude,” replied Westerly coach Molly Morrone when asked the biggest factor in the match.
“They started the game with the attitude that nothing was going to hit the ground unless the girls were underneath it diving. They were digging up a lot of balls, communicating very well, and it was just a good overall for all my players.”
Andrea Morrone, Lia Gabrielle and Julianna Morrone were the backbone of the back-row defense, the coach said. Megan Lacey also chipped in.
Andrea Morrone contrib uted eight digs. Lacey had six.
Lacey led the team with nine aces. Julianna Morrone had four kills and three aces.
Rachel Phelps added two aces and contributed off the bench in the pivotal third game when the Bulldogs rallied from an 18-9 deficit to win 25-20. Lacey’s serving was a big factor in that game.
Westerly’s next match is Thursday at Narragansett, 6:30 p.m.
WESTERLY — For the third time in four games, the Westerly High boys’ soccer team had to settle for a tie.
The Bulldogs played Middletown to a 0-0 draw and got one point out of Tuesday’s Division II game.
Bulldogs’ coach Les Ahern said his team outplayed the Islanders (3-4-4, 3-3-4 Division II) in the first half but could not cash in on opportunities.
Westerly even had a direct- kick opportunity halfway through the second half ,but could not break through.
The Bulldogs (4-5-3, 3-5-3 Division III) outshot Middletown 10-5 and keeper Billy McCormick made three saves.
Westerly had a chance to overtake Middletown in the standings, but remained a point behind the Islanders and are currently tied with Mt. Hope for ninth in Division II with the Huskies Tuesday results not available.
Ahern said the top 12 teams from Division II qualify for the playoffs.
Next up for Westerly is a road game at Lincoln Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
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EAST GREENWICH — Division I leader East Greenwich (9-0-1) snapped a 2-2 tie by scoring twice after the clock on the scoreboard was stopped with 2 minutes left in Tuesday’s nonleague game.
Division II Westerly (5-4-2) did not trail until the final 120 seconds.
Emily Luther gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the first half, assisted by Brittany DeGrooth. Luther converted a short pass from DeGrooth for her fourth goal of the season. The EG goalie was protecting the post while DeGrooth had the ball. DeGrooth slid it across and Luther had a lot of net to shoot at.
The Avengers tied the score with 16:20 left in the half before DeGrooth put Westerly in front 2-1 with 8 to go before the break. DeGrooth scored her 12th goal of the season from just inside the 18 after beating a defender.
The lead held up for most of the second half, with the home team scoring the tying goal with 8:40 remaining.
East Greenwich scored the winning goal on a ball played over the top to about even with the Bulldogs’ last line of defenders. Emily Sullivan came out of the net, but the Avener player kept her cool, Westerly coach Clyde Britt said, and chipped the ball over Sullivan into the net.
East Greenwich had 23 shots and four corner kicks. Westerly had nine shots.
Sullivan finished with 20 saves.
The Bulldogs return to Division II play on Thursday for a 3:45 p.m. game at Scituate.
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Bulldogs drop two
NARRAGANSETT — The Bulldogs were not close in either of their losses in Monday’s Southern Division meet.
Westerly lost to Narragansett 18-43 and 15-49 to the Prout School.
Sam DeSarro was 10th and finished the 2.85-mile course in 17 minutes and 54 seconds.
Justin Senior was 17th in 18:11.
Ben Calitri (25th, 19:30), Isaac Kaufman (35th, 20:49) and Rees Harold (37th, 23:16) rounded out the scorers.
Prout’s Luke Emby won the race in5:48.
Prout improved to 6-2 overall and in the Southern Division and Narragansett went to 3-5 overall and in Southern Division with its split.
Westerly next runs at the Bronco Invitational on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 4:30 p.m.