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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-13-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 13-19, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 15 BREEZE PHOTOS BY KAYLA PANU Emotions ran high during Sunday's state title game between Tolman High and La Salle Academy. Above, La Salle keeper AIDAN FIGUEIRA, second from left, and Tolman midfieler ROY BARRIOS, center, confront each other late in the game as they are surrounded by a group of La Salle players that included DREW SILVA, left, JAEDON COSTA, #19, and BABACAR SOW, #6. Left, Sow makes a sliding tackle on Barrios as Barrios tries to bring the ball down the field. La Salle turns tables on Tolman Boys' soccer team's bid to repeat as state champs falls short in physical 3-0 defeat By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com CRANSTON – With all the drama, emotions, and expectations going into Sunday afternoon's Division I boys' soccer championship game at Cranston Stadium, La Salle Academy found a way to spoil Tolman High's bid to repeat as state champions by posting a 3-0 victory. It was a rematch of last year's finals, but also a rematch of a regular-season game on Sept. 13 at the McKinnon-Alves Complex that made statewide news after La Salle rolled past Tolman, 4-1. A few La Salle players had lost their heads a little and produced a racially charged Instagram video that was directed at the Tigers and eventually led to a few suspensions. Both teams put the incident behind them, but eight cards (seven yellow and one red) were handed out in what turned into a physical matchups. As for the Tigers, who had kicked off the season with a 1-4-2 mark, they returned to the title match with an 11-game win streak, with the 11th victory coming in last Thursday's semifinals – a 2-1 win over regular-season champion North Kingstown – and all 11 coming with junior keeper Nelton Semedo between the pipes. Semedo, who missed the start of the season recov- ering from meniscus surgery that he had on his knee over the summer, returned to the lineup three games after the loss to the Rams, and Tolman did not lose a game the rest of the way until Sunday's showdown. The Rams scored the only goal they needed 10:45 into the game when Babacar Sow scored on the rebound of a penalty kick by Ian Mackin that Semedo had batted away with a dive. The ball came out, still in play, and the Rams were ready for it, as Mackin got the ball back to Sow and he fired it into the back of the net. La Salle then added its other two goals in the final 11:44 minutes of the game to seal its fifth state title See TOLMAN, Page 16

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