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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 10-10-2018

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12 SPORTS & RECREATION OCTOBER 10-16, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION WOONSOCKET – The Tolman High girls' soccer team bounced back from its first Division III loss of the season last Friday afternoon by posting a 3-2 win over Woonsocket at Barry Field that was the Tigers' seventh victory in eight games. The Tigers' start is their best in a decade, and they're enjoying their superb start with a roster that not only includes 11 returnees, but also 12 seniors, so they are trying to go as far as they can in their final years of high school. "They are putting in the effort and it shows," Tolman head coach A.J. Lascola said. "For the most part, you can see the results; (the players) are playing like they are a team. They are talking to each other and communicat- ing." Last Friday's win saw fresh- man Jordan Carman score the first two goals and senior Mickenzie Aldridge net the third goal on a penalty kick before the Novans cut their deficit in half midway through the second half. Sabrina Angulo was in goal for Tolman and did a great job, Lascola noted. "It was a team effort," Lascola said. "When they play like that, good things happen. When you try to play as an army of one, that's when you have bad things happen." The Tigers have been led this season by their four senior captains: Aldridge, Emily Rossi, Olivia Badwa, and Alexandra Clark. Both Lascola and assistant coach Gavin Ward feel that all the girls are playing up to their potential, especially with their new system of play. "We started the season with a new formation that was simpler than what we tried to do last year," Ward added. "We're still trying to play the game the right way, not kick and chase, not dump it into corners, not elbowing, and not being over-physical, but playing soccer the way it was meant to be played." Two afternoons ear- lier at the McKinnon-Alves Complex, the Tigers had suf- fered a 4-1 loss to Tiverton. Prior to that, they've had some high-scoring victo- ries, and in their first four wins, they scored 42 times. Seniors Haleigh Correia and Alex Lorenzo have joined Aldridge and Carman as the team's scoring leaders. "It just comes down to the work ethic and communicat- ing with each other," Lascola added, "and sometimes just the ball bouncing the right way." There are eight games remaining in the regular sea- son. The Tigers, who entered this week trailing Cranston East (10-0), Narragansett (8-0), and Classical (7-1-1) in the 17-team standings, will host RIIL newcomer Times2 Academy this afternoon at 3:45 p.m. and visit sixth- place Blackstone Valley Prep on Friday for a 4:15 p.m. game. "If we play the way we're capable of playing, anything can happen," Lascola said. "We have a team that should be able to compete." BREEZE PHOTOS BY KAYLA PANU Above left, Tolman's HALEIGH CORREIA, right, keeps the ball inbounds and away from Woonsocket's MIJANEE HOPKINS-JONES during last Friday afternoon's game at Barry Field, a 3-2 win by the Tigers that improved their Division III record to 7-1. Above right, Tolman's JORDAN CARMAN, left, heads the ball away from Woonsocket's MADISON CASSIDY. Carman scored a pair of goals. Terrific start for Tolman At 7-1, girls' soccer team sits near top of D-III standings By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer

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