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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-06-2019

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20 SPORTS & RECREATION NOVEMBER 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Tigers take thriller from Quakers in PKs Defending state champs face top-seeded Skippers in Thursday's boys' soccer semifinals PROVIDENCE – The Tolman High boys' soccer team took another big step toward returning to next week's state championship match and defending its title on Sunday afternoon by tak- ing a 3-2 quarterfinal-round thriller from Moses Brown that was decided in the eighth round of penalty kicks. After Tolman keeper Nelton Semedo came out of net to take the Tigers' eighth shot of the round and fire it past Moses Brown goalie Harry Runci, Semedo returned to his net to face the Quakers' next shot. But he didn't have to do anything to stop it because the Quakers' Logan Smith hit the crossbar with his attempt. "That's awesome," Tolman head coach Dan Silva said about Semedo's PK goal. "He was a little nervous as well. But Nelton, we've been rid- ing him, and he hasn't lost a game since he's been playing this season. I was worried because he didn't want to take (a shot), so if he took it and we lost, he probably wouldn't have slept for about a year. But I'm just so happy we got the win and he was part of it." The defending champions, who are 11-4-2, but have won 10 straight matches since Semedo returned to the lineup after missing the start of the season recovering from meniscus surgery that he had on his knee over the summer, will now turn their attention to Thursday's semifinals at East Greenwich High. The Tigers, who are the fifth seed in the Division I playoffs, will face regular-season cham- pion North Kingstown (13-1- 2) in the 5:30 p.m. opener of a doubleheader that includes the 7:30 p.m. semifinal-round contest between 2nd-seeded South Kingstown (11-2-3) and 3rd-seeded La Salle (10-3-3). The state title match is slat- ed for next Sunday at noon at Rhode Island College. "One game at a time," said Silva, whose team suffered a 2-1 defeat to N.K. in its sea- son opener. "We beat (North Kingstown) last year in the quarterfinals, and they're on a mission to get to the finals and win a state title, so it's going to be really, really dif- ficult. They're the one seed and we're the five seed, but anything's possible." BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Tolman junior midfielder DAVID TORRES, left, steps in front of Moses Brown senior captain RYAN JOHNSON and takes control of the ball during Sunday afternoon's state quarterfinal-round game in Providence. The Tigers defeated the Quakers in penalty kicks to advance to Thursday night's semifi- nals against regular-season champion North Kingstown. By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer Continues on next page

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