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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-14-2019

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20 SPORTS & RECREATION NOVEMBER 14-20, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION the championship plaque. "This is the first (boys' soccer title) going into the school in a long time, so it feels really good, especially our senior year. All 16 seniors have actually all played together since U10, so this means a lot to us." In their regular-season meeting on Sept. 13 at North Smithfield, the 2nd-seeded Northmen netted a 2-1 win over the Lions, thanks to a pair of first-half goals by senior Jadil Martinez. But in Sunday afternoon's rematch, quality scoring opportunities were few and far between, especially during the 80 minutes of regulation, as both sides combined to take only 14 shots on goal – not counting a handful that nearly found their mark, but sailed over the crossbar. The fact that this was a defensive duel shouldn't have come as a sur- prise to the fans of both teams: North Smithfield (14-4-1) had yielded just 14 goals and posted eight shutouts this year, while Lincoln entered Sunday's game with a 7-0-2 mark and seven shutouts in its last nine games. In the first overtime, the Lions nearly struck for a goal, when with 1:10 on the clock, Corcoran rocketed a 29-yard free kick that N.S. keeper Ethan Cote stopped with a superb dive to his right, and during the start of the second OT, while folks were anticipating the game heading into penalty kicks, Zhao struck for his goal. Zhao took a pass from Idarraga, raced in a few steps, and perfectly nailed a kick that scratched the bot- tom of the crossbar, was just out of Cote's reach, and took a spin into the back of the net. "There weren't many things I could do," said Zhao, who attended La Salle Academy last year. "I saw the keeper was a few yards off his line, so I thought I might as well have a hit from around 30 yards, and it hit the crossbar and went in. I was kind of surprised (the ball went in the net) because I thought the keeper would get a hand on it and it would go over (the crossbar). But when it went it, I was so excited because we basically won the championship and it's been something we've been working for the entire season." "I thought we were going (to pen- alty kicks)," added Fernandes. "Zhao's always had a nice shot, but he's never really used it, and then all of a sud- den, he just shot it." The Northmen did everything they could to net the equalizer and send the game into penalty kicks during the last three minutes of the overtime period. Michael Fernandes rifled a 20-yard shot that barely missed the top right corner of the net with 2:40 to play; Lincoln keeper Oskar Calderone turned away a header by senior Nathan Bursell with 1:30 to go, and on the final play of the game, a 24-yard free kick by Aidan Beauchemin went over the crossbar. LINCOLN From Page 17 All-State player for the Lions before going on to spend the next four years playing for Seton Hall University. Dickinson later became a high school basketball coach at Barrington High, and in the 2000-01 season, he became the R.I. Coach of the Year after guiding the Eagles to a 21-0 record and the Class B title. Dickinson is currently the head golf coach at Cumberland High. The Paul Bohac Teammate Award, which according to Walsh, "goes to someone that the Roadshow thinks is a great friend and teammate," is Gary Stott, who graduated from Lincoln High in 1971 after earning All-Valley hon- ors as a basketball player and baseball pitcher. Stott went on to help out at the Boys & Girls Club for several years and serve on its Board of Directors, and "any event that goes on from the club or organiza- tion, Gary's there," added Walsh. The Team of the Year is the 1969 Cumberland High football team, which in its ninth season of existence, cap- tured the Class B championship with an 8-0-1 mark. Cumberland started its football program in 1961 when the high school moved to Mendon Road, and the Clippers produced four winning seasons over the next eight years before finally winning the first of the program's three championships. "They weren't the biggest team and they weren't the fastest team, but they couldn't be beat," added Walsh. "And the team had an unbelievable coach- ing staff. Head coach Pete Dalpe ran a tremendous program that was success- full, and his top assistant was Dennis O'Brien, who went on to become an offensive line coach at Brown in the mid-to-late '70s and have a great career at St. Ray's." The Clippers clinched their cham- pionship on Thanksgiving morning at Barry Field by playing also-unbeaten Woonsocket for all the marbles. That contest ended in a hard-fought 0-0 tie, but because the Novans' record was 7-0-2 and the Clippers had one more win and one fewer tie, Cumberland was awarded the title. Among the players on that team were quarterback Dave Zyons, who went on to become the captain of the URI football and baseball teams; middle linebacker Dave Toste, offensive line- man Roger Pierce, center Jim Mousseau, defensive end George Mathieu, fullback Dan Webster, and Charlie Gifford. Tickets for the event are $30 each and available at the Boys & Girls Club on 1 James McKee Way, online by visiting www.bgcnri.org/events or the Roadshow Publications' Facebook page, and at The Dugout on the night of the event. A buf- fet dinner will be served, and tables for honorees will be reserved for family and friends attending. ROADSHOW From Page 19 took 36th place in 16:32, and Henry Dennen, who finished 65th in 16:48. Junior Owen Molis (17:15), sophomore John Walker (17:30), and freshman Cole McCue (17:30) were CHS's next three finishers. In the girls' 3.1-mile race, Cumberland native Rachael Mongeau, who is a junior at St. Raphael Academy, placed 16th out of 263 runners in 19 minutes and CHS junior Olivia Belt finished 58th in 19:48. The next three finishers for the Clippers were junior Bailee Brown (21:10), senior Shakira Depina (21:13), and freshman Grace Carr (21:13). N.E. MEET From Page 18 W inter B all Solstice Ball • Company Party 2044 Smith Street, North Providence, RI 231-2370 • www.ourplacetux.com Tis the Season to be Jolly & Smart... 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