WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho High’s girls soccer team relied on center backs Tia Sardelli and Daria DiBiasio to make sure opponents did not get easy opportunities this season.
The pair must have done a pretty good job — they were both named All-Division II first team.
Sardelli, a junior, has good speed and is one of the team’s fittest players.
“Tia has been a starting center back since she was a freshman,” Chariho coach Brittney Godbout said. “She is kind of the leader back there. She organizes the back.
“She’s in the weight room weekly and is the strongest and most flexible player on our team. She has a very good fitness level and it shows. She has stamina to play the entire 80 minutes at a high level.”
DiBiasio, a sophomore, plays beside Sardelli.
“She played center back last year as a freshman, and she has assumed more of a leadership role as a sophomore,” Godbout said. “She is more of an attacking player. She can also take the ball up the field.”
DiBiasio also closes quickly to the ball to take on opposing forwards.
Junior Ali Klein and sophomore Spencer Shiels were named to the second team.
Klein, who plays forward, was the team’s leading scorer with 10 goals. She has good speed and has played a variety of positions for the Chargers during her career.
Shiels was second on the team in goals with seven and also contributed four assists. Shiels missed five games with an eye injury, including the team’s game in the D-II tournament.
Shiels, a midfielder, has good speed and foot skills. Godbout said her shot has improved this season.
Seniors Claire Fox and Caitlin O’Leary were named to the third team.
Fox missed a good portion of the season with a broken nose.
As a freshman, Fox scored 10 goals and had five assists. But she missed most of her sophomore and junior seasons with injuries, too. Still, she finished her career with 20 goals and 12 assists. Fox played as both a forward and midfielder.
O’Leary was the team’s goalie. Godbout said she made a number of “huge saves” over the course of the season to keep the Chargers in games.
O’Leary suffered an eye injury in Chariho’s loss in the D-II playoffs to Moses Brown in penalty kicks.
Senior Megan Hill was the team’s sportsmanship award winner. The coach’s association recognizes one selection from each team.
Fox received the academic award for the Chargers. Seniors with a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher are eligible. Chariho had four seniors with a 4.0 or higher.
Chariho finished 8-6-5 overall, and 8-4-4 in the league.