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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-15-2020

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North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Edition Sports & Recreation @ OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 WOONSOCKET – The head coach is arguably one of the greatest girls' volley- ball players and coaches in Woonsocket High's history, and one of the junior captains is the Division II Super Bowl- winning quarterback of the Villa Novans' football team and one of the country's best high school shot put, hammer, and weight throwers. And those are just two of the newcom- ers on this season's WHS boys' soccer team, which finally kicked off its Division III season last Saturday morning at Barry Field, but suffered a 5-1 defeat to North Providence High. "It feels good to be finally playing a game, but we didn't start out well," said Plante, who saw the visiting Cougars roll out to a 3-0 lead in the game's open- ing minutes before sophomore forward Mbye Camara scored the Novans' goal on a penalty kick midway through the first half. When the head coaching position for the soccer team went unfilled, Plante stepped up to make sure the boys would still be able to play. She said that a lot of players did not return from last year's team, which went 4-10-1, so much of the roster is made up of different names. And with the shortened preseason, which contained no scrimmages or Injury Fund games, the Novans are still trying to get organized and be on the same page. Plante has four captains, senior mid- fielders Andre Visouveth and Kyle Sirypannho, junior goalkeeper Jayson Inthasane, and Robinson-O'Hagan, who is a center midfielder and would have been playing for the football team had the RIIL not decide to move that season to next spring. Robinson-O'Hagan had played for the Novans two seasons ago, starting as a sweeper, before turning his attention full- time to the gridiron last year. Among the returnees are senior for- ward Clinton Kittavong, who for the past three years, has served double duty with the soccer team and as the football team's kicker. The other four seniors on the Novans' roster are right back Abou Jobe, forward Augusto Oliveira, center back Arnold Souvanna-Sayaphat, and midfielder Andre Visouveth. New-look Novans fall to Cougars Plante takes over boys' soccer team; Robinson-O'Hagan returns to lineup By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer BREEZE PHOTOS BY KAYLA PANU Left, Woonsocket junior midfielder KOKE CISSOKHO, left, motors around North Providence sophomore SANTINO AUTIELLO and brings the ball down the field during last Saturday morning's Division III opener at Barry Field. The visiting Cougars scored three quick goals before ending up with a 5-1 victory. Above, Woonsocket junior captain TARIK ROBINSON-O'HAGAN, right, races past North Providence sophomore NICOLAS UPEGUI with the ball. AMADOU JAWO See VILLA NOVANS, Page 28 Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to:, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. 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. 191 Social Street, Suite 100, Woonsocket, RI 02895 Phone: 401-597-6500 Ground Breaking Solutions for Varicose Veins!

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