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North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ NOVEMBER 14-20, 2019 Not again! N.S. loses in OT in D-II finals Boys' soccer team's exceptional season ends with agonizing 1-0 defeat to Lions By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com CRANSTON – This was cruel. Losing in the Division II champion- ship match for the second year in a row was tough enough to swallow. But losing in the finals for the sec- ond year in a row in overtime? That's what happened to the North Smithfield High boys' soccer team in Sunday afternoon's title game against neighboring Lincoln High at Cranston Stadium. Sophomore midfielder Thomas Zhao's 35-yard shot that hit the bot- tom of the crossbar and dropped into the back of the net with 3:49 to play in the second five-minute overtime session broke a scoreless tie, as well as the hearts of the Northmen and their fans, and lifted the Lions to a 1-0 victory and their first D-II title since 2008. The loss brought back the sting of last year's finals, which saw the Northmen lose to the Wheeler School on a goal with 1:54 left in the first five-minute overtime period, and the pain of Sunday's defeat was clearly evident on the faces of the players and head coach Eric Korytkowski as they glumly accepted the runner-up plaque during the post-game ceremo- ny at midfield. "I'd rather lose 20-0," Korytkowski quietly said as he fought back tears. "It's tough. These kids fought so hard, and this is the toughest part, just see- ing them disappointed. I told them, 'I don't think anybody deserves (a championship) more, but that's just not the way things work out some- times.' You have to put the ball in the back of the net, and we just didn't do that today. Lincoln was able to do it and hats off to them." In their regular-season meeting on Sept. 13 at North Smithfield, the 2nd- seeded Northmen notched a 2-1 win over the 4th-seeded Lions, thanks to a pair of first-half goals by senior Jadil Martinez. But in Sunday's rematch, quality scoring opportunities were hard to come by, especially during the 80 minutes of regulation, as both sides combined to take just 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 (13-3-3) 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, sophomore Tom 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 over- time, while folks were anticipating the BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Lincoln midfielders CHRIS ALBANESE, left, and TOM CORCORAN, right, close in on North Smithfield senior striker BRYAN DECELLES as he brings the ball down the field during Sunday afternoon's Division II championship game at Cranston Stadium. The Northmen lost in the finals in overtime for the second straight year, this time by a 1-0 score. See NORTHMEN, Page 17 SAINT JAMES CHURCH 45 Division St., Manville, Rhode Island FATHER BRINDAMOUR HALL FATHER BROUILLETTE CENTER Baked Goods – Choir table featuring Christmas items – Crochet & Knit Goods – Handmade Jewelry – Penny Social – Parish Raffle Gift Card Raffle – Faith Formation featuring Gift Baskets Split the Pot – Toys & Gifts for Purchase - Youth Ministry featuring Lollipop Pick & Spin the Wheel – Cub Scout Pop Corn - Boys & Girl Scouts specialty items. Kitchen featuring homemade soup & dynamites. Parish Bazaar & Flea Market Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Peter J. HoPkins ~ Attorney At LAw ~ DUI/refUsAL • CrImInAL Defense trAffIC VIoLAtIons • JUVenILe CrImes PersonAL InJUry • ProbAte • DIVorCe Admitted to the Practice of Law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts Retired Police Prosecution Officer CALL 401-356-1043 191 Social St., Suite 280, Woonsocket, RI Rhode Island does not have a procedure for certificate or recognition of specialization by lawyers. • New or Used Autos (includes refinanced autos from other institutions) • ¼% (.25%) off of qualifying rate (rate is determined by credit worthiness) Members can also save an additional ¼% (.25%) off if loan is paid with BRFCU payroll or automatic transfer • Membership eligibility is required • Please mention this coupon or bring it in to receive the additional savings! www.blackstoneriverfcu.org Main Office 10 Monument Square Woonsocket RI, 02895 (401) 767-1990 Branch Office 100 Old River Rd., Lincoln RI, 02865 (401) 333-0780

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