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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-14-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | NOV. 14-20, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 13 IN BRIEF Scituate's Borin fares well at New England cross country meet MANCHESTER, Conn. – Scituate resident and La Salle Academy sopho- more Lily Borin saw her stellar cross country season come to an end at last Saturday's 85th annual New England Championships at Wickham Park's 3.1-mile course, as she placed 61st out of 263 runners in a time of 19:51. Borin had placed ninth and earned Second-Team All-State honors at the previous weekend's state meet. Ponaganset's White is on ballot for National Cheer Coach Award NORTH SCITUATE – Ponaganset High head cheerleading coach Meghan White is one of 62 cheerlead- ing coaches from across the country who are vying for Greatmats' National Cheer Coach of the Year Award. This annual award honors coaches who have made a positive impact in the lives of their students and com- munities. An online vote will take place at until Thursday, Nov. 28. The two coaches with the most votes will be named finalists, and Greatmats will choose the winner between the finalists, based on their demonstration of service/commu- nity impact, integrity, and quality of instruction. in their 'Final Four' affair before winning their program's first title on Sunday night at Cranston Stadium by defeating 3rd-seeded Toll Gate, 1-0. "We've taken little steps," Scituate head coach Tim Brown said. "We made the playoffs last year, after a couple years of not getting in, and we won a playoff game. This year, we were able to get right into the quar- terfinals and beat Pilgrim to make it to the semis. We hope to carry this momentum forward and continue to be a dangerous team." The Spartans were a dangerous team during the regular season, as they recorded their second straight nine-win season by going 9-2-4 to earn the fifth seed in the playoffs. Included in their victories was a 3-2 win at home over the Saints (16-1-1) on Oct. 3 that knocked SRA from the ranks of the unbeaten. Last Thursday, both teams battled each other on a turf field again, but the weather conditions were com- pletely different. The rain had held off until the middle of the day and tapered on and off during the first semifinal game of the night between Toll Gate and 2nd-seeded Exeter/ West Greenwich, but it was all-out rain by the time Scituate and SRA took the field. The Saints, who owned a 1-0 lead at halftime, took control right away, keeping the ball in the Spartans' ter- ritory. After making a few saves for Scituate, keeper Joe Angelino was unable to stop Devan Kipyego's shot with 10:06 to go in the first half. "We tried to kind of stick with what worked there in the first half," Brown reported. "We knew that (SRA) would try to mix and change things up a little bit. We might have changed the formation that we had, but we pretty much tried to play the same way. They really didn't threaten us too much, but when we got down by a goal, we had to come out of that shell, and that obviously exposed us to the back a little bit. But they're a good team. They did what they do." As both teams tried to get the upper hand early in the second half and emotions amped up, yellow cards were handed out to players from both sides. And 10 minutes into that half, the Saints got on a roll and received three more goals – all within two minutes of each other – from Edgardo Cardona, Dylan Polion, and Jeffrey Codman. The Spartans played hard the last 26 minutes, not allowing their season to end without a fight, and finally, their hard work paid off in the form of a goal by Nathan Vernava. Before that goal, Evan Pendergast had passed the ball to Shane Langton, who took a shot that just sailed wide, and with seconds left in the game, Jack Campbell took a free kick that was blocked by SRA keeper Emiliano Munguia. "These guys have never quit all year," Brown added. "I'm so proud of them. Their effort and energy in practice everyday – it didn't surprise me that they would keep battling and keep fighting like that. It's one thing that we teach, we play until the end of the game, whatever the score. I'm just really proud of them. And these seniors have come a long way in four years and I couldn't be prouder of them." The Spartans were coming off a thrilling 4-3 victory over 4th- seeded Pilgrim in the quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Warwick. The game was decided in the fourth round of penalty kicks, as Angelino stopped Pilgrim's fourth shot and Pendergast followed with the game- winning goal. Ryan Elias, Vernava, and Campbell scored the Spartans' goal in regulation, which saw Scituate hold a 2-1 lead at halftime. From preceding page BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Scituate High's JACK CAMPBELL, left, and SHANE LANGTON, right, spin around St. Raphael Academy's DANIEL FLYNN, as they pass each other the ball during the opening half of last Thursday night's Division III semifinal- round game. The Spartans came up short in their bid to reach their first title game since 1995. do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fill 5 every week! They're all at W inter B all Solstice Ball • Company Party 2044 Smith Street, North Providence, RI 231-2370 • Tis the Season to be Jolly & Smart... Why buy when you can rent? $45 Your Choice Tuxedo or Suit S STANLEY TREE Since 1986 • Professional High Quality Service At Reasonable Rates • Licensed Arborists • Serving RI & Nearby Mass. • Our Team Of Professionals Is Fully Equipped To Handle Your Job In A Safe Efficient Manner N. 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