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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-14-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 14-20, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 17 game heading into penalty kicks, Zhao struck for his goal. Zhao took a pass from David Idarraga, raced in a few steps, and perfectly nailed a kick that scratched the bottom of the crossbar, was just out of Cote's reach, and took a spin into the back of the net. The Northmen did everything they possibly 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 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. It was a difficult defeat to absorb for the Northmen and Korytkowski, who graduated seven starters from last year's team that won the D-II regular-season title with a 14-1-1 mark, but managed to fill in the blanks and put together another superb season that included a seven-game win streak that kept them in first place until the final week-and-a-half of the regu- lar season. In the quarterfinals on Nov. 7, the Northmen edged upset-minded 7th-seeded Mount Hope, 1-0, on Bryan Decelles' team-leading 19th goal of the season, which came off a pass by Steven Reyes with less than two minutes to play in the first half, and in the semifinals last Thursday at Johnston High, N.S. topped 3rd-seeded Hope, 3-1, thanks to a hat trick by Michael Fernandes. "If you would have told me at the end of the season last year that, 'Hey, you guys are going to go back to the championship game next year. You might lose, but you're going to go back,' I'd sign right up for that," Korytkowski added. "These kids felt the sting of last year and that really motivated them to come back and work harder." "Like I said, I know this is disappointing, but these kids don't owe me anything. Our seniors gave me everything they had for four years, and the prod- uct we put on the field tonight is something that I am proud of. Again, this game didn't go the way we wanted it to, but I'm happy with the way we played." BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES WOONSOCKET – The Blackstone Valley Umpires Association is seeking baseball and softball umpires for the 2020 season. New umpires are welcome and no experience is needed – training will be provided this winter. Applicants will also need a BCI check. For more information, contact Tommy Brien at 401-636-7826. Blackstone Valley Umpires Association seeks baseball, softball umps next season NORTHMEN From Page 15 Left, North Smithfield senior forward JADIL MARTINEZ, right, heads the ball away from Lincoln senior halfback RYAN FISH during the second half of Sunday afternoon's Division II championship game at Cranston Stadium. The Lions scored a goal in the second five-minute overtime period to post a 1-0 victory. Right, North Smithfield senior halfback LIAM ZONIN, left, prevents the ball from going out of bounds in front of Lincoln senior striker JOSH JAHNZ. do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fill 5 every week! They're all at valleybreeze.com Local Eats 622 George Washington Highway Unit 70 • Lincoln, RI 333-1593 Family owned & operated 1 Year Anniversary Celebration THIS WEEKEND Saturday & Sunday November 16 & 17 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Fun for the entire family Give Aways Include: Prize Drawings • Gift Certificates • Gift Cards T-Shirts and lots more!

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