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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-14-2019

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Cumberland Lincoln Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ NOVEMBER 14-20, 2019 CRANSTON – On a team heavy with battle-tested seniors with two or three years of varsity experience, it was a sophomore transfer student who delivered one of the biggest goals in the history of the Lincoln High boys' soccer program on Sunday afternoon in the Lions' Division II champion- ship game against North Smithfield. Thomas Zhao's 35-yard shot that plunked off the bottom of the crossbar and dropped into the back of the net with 3:49 to play in a second five- minute overtime session snapped a scoreless tie and lifted the Lions to a 1-0 victory and their first D-II title since 2008. The win capped a wild seven-day stretch for the 4th-seeded Lions, which began on Monday, Nov 4, with a 2-0 triumph over 5th-seeded East Greenwich in the quarterfinals at the Lions' Ferguson Field and continued last Thursday night with a 2-1 win over 8th-seeded Mount Pleasant in the semis at Johnston High. The win over the Kilties saw the Lions (13-3-3) pull victory from the jaws of a 1-0 defeat by sending the game in overtime on Matt Morra's tying goal with 49 seconds left in regulation and then winning it by outscoring Mount Pleasant in penalty kicks, 4-3, on goals by David Idarraga, Chris Albanese, Tom Corcoran, and Sam Ferranti, with Ferranti's kick in the fifth round sealing the win. "I can't even describe the feeling right now, going through the game we just had in the semifinals and today's (game)," added Lincoln head coach John D'Aloisio, who last guided the Lions to the finals in 2013. "We were on our heels throughout the second half and we took some injuries, but we found a way to win." "I really feel like we beat a great team," D'Aloisio continued. "(N.S. head coach) Eric (Korytkowski) is a great coach, so it's mixed in that respect because I really like Eric; however, I can't describe the feeling. What an incredible, incredible run this was." The championship was the second D-II title in the program's 31-year history, and it was a magical way for the Lions' 16 seniors to cap their high school career. "It feels amazing," Lincoln captain Kyle Rodrigues said as he clutched BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES The members of the DIVISION II CHAMPION LINCOLN HIGH BOYS' SOCCER TEAM, shown with their championship plaque and medals after Sunday night's 1-0 double-overtime victory over North Smithfield High, are, in front from left, Thomas Zhao, Nate Thompson, Nick Penta, Giancarlo Ricci, Josh Jahnz, Oskar Caldarone, Kyle Rodrigues, Matt Carvalho, David Idarraga, Matt Morra, and Jordan Furtado; in back, assistant coach Alex D'Aloisio, head coach John D'Aloisio, assistant coach Anthony Turchetta, Chris Accardi, Aiden Bridges, Kobe Carvalho, Dan Fish, Sam Ferranti, Tom Corcoran, Alex Della Grotta, Ryan Fish, Luke DeStefano, Donoven Fernandes, Chris Albanese, and assistant coach Jon Ariza. Lincoln captures D-II championship Zhao's goal with 3:49 left in second OT gives boys' soccer team first title in 11 years By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com See LINCOLN, Page 20 Linda Farrington, DVM • Laura Roman, DVM Amy Kasprzycki, DVM • Richard Coates, DVM Holly Brown, DVM 1509 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 401-333-7911 www.ccvcri.com Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic 333-7911 Progressive Medicine in a Family Practice Atmosphere Open 7 days a week 1509 Treating Small Mammals • Walk-In Emergencies Hospitalization Facilities • Routine Exams Progressive Medicine in a Family Practice Atmosphere OPEN 7 DAYS Hospitalization Facilities • Routine Exams Walid Saber, MD FACC, FSCAL, RPVI Chief of Cardiology - Landmark Clinical Assistant Professor Warren Alpert Medical School Ibrahim Elgabry, MD FACC Director of Cardiac Rehab - Landmark Clinical Assistant Professor Warren Alpert Medical School World Class Care . . . So Close To Home Our Services: Cardiac Testing & Therapy Vascular Testing & Therapy Fully accredited state-of-the-art facility utilizing advanced technologies and expert techniques. www.oscvc.com 191 Social Street, Suite 100, Woonsocket, RI 02895 Phone: 401-597-6500 Ground Breaking Solutions for Varicose Veins!

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