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The North Providence Breeze 11-18-2020

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NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence High boys' soccer team's first home playoff game in nine years was certainly an entertaining one. Sophomore Bruno Teixeira's unassisted goal in the 55th minute broke a 3-3 tie and helped the Cougars hold on for a 4-3 victory over Exeter/ West Greenwich on Monday night in their Division III quarterfinal-round game on the Cougars' campus. The Cougars, who are 6-0 and the top seed from the North subdivision, will play in their first semifinal-round game in nearly a decade today, at a time to be announced, when they host neighboring rival Johnston, which netted a 2-1 double-overtime victory over the Prout School in their quarterfinal-round game late Monday night in Wakefield. The Panthers, who are 4-2 and the North's third seed, and the Cougars battled each other on Oct. 24 in North Providence, and the Cougars came away with a hard-fought 2-1 win, thanks to second-half goals by Christian Ciotti and Juan Acevedo. Monday night's game did not get off to a great start for the Cougars. Just a minute into play, the Scarlet Knights, who are 3-5 and the fourth seed out of the South, was awarded a penalty kick and cashed in on it, as EWG sniper Cian Purcell buried it into the back of the net. Undaunted, the Cougars answered back and scored three of the game's next four goals before halftime. Acevedo netted his eighth goal of the season to lead the Cougars, Joel Do Rosário tacked on his seventh, and Nathan Nascimento scored his second in as many games. In the 44th minute, the Scarlet Knights tied the contest, but 11 minutes later, Teixeira untied it when he took what appeared to be a harmless shot 15 yards to the left of the EWG goalkeeper, but saw his shot roll right between the goalie's legs and into the bottom right corner of the net. The Scarlet Knights did everything they could to knot the game and force overtime, especially in the final 10 minutes. Their best chance came in the 79th minute when Purcell tried to score his third goal of the night on a 15-yard shot from the right of the Cougars' net, but it clanged off the right post and goalkeeper Alex Carvalho quickly smothered the rebound. Narragansett, which is the South's top seed, will play the Paul Cuffee School, which is the North's second seed, in tonight's other semifinal-round matchup. The championship game is slated for Saturday at 5 p.m. at Cranston Stadium. The Cougars last played in the D-III finals in 2005. 12 SPORTS & RECREATION NOVEMBER 18-24, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES North Providence High sophomore EMMA BORKMAN, #188, exits the covered bridge on Ponaganset High's scenic 3.1-mile course as two Mount Hope runners try to catch up to her during the first mile of last Saturday's state cross country championship meet. Borkman wrapped up her superb season by taking 107th place in a time of 23:25.92. opportunities. At one point, Michaela Rizzo drew the Wheeler keeper out of the net, but couldn't get anything on her shot. "This was one of those games that we've been having all season," Joof said. "The girls started out slow, but at least the good thing is that we kept (Wheeler) at bay. They didn't get a lot of opportunities and they didn't score a goal." With 5½ minutes remaining in the first half, the Cougars finally pushed through and got on the board. Sophia DiMarzio went head-to-head with Wheeler's keeper, who made a nice slide to block the ball, but Sophie Intrieri quickly pounced on the rebound and sent the ball into the back of the net. From that point on, the Cougars' defense did its best to prevent the Warriors from tying the score, and freshman goalkeeper Molly Witt was able to record her third shutout of the season. "She's going to be a good one," Joof added. "We're very lucky to have her this young, and I think for the next three years, she's going to be great." In last week's tie with Moses Brown, Witt allowed the Quakers' goal in the opening half, but ended up stopping the other seven shots she faced. DiMarzio eventually scored the tying goal for NP in the 65th minute off a pass from Meagan Witt. COUGARS From Page 10 BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU North Providence High sophomore MORGAN MCGRATH, right, does her best to keep the ball away from Wheeler School senior EMILY COLAIACE in the first half of last Saturday morning's Division II regular- season finale. The Cougars punched their tickets to the D-II playoffs and improved their D-II record to 3-2-1 by netting a 1-0 victory. Borkman ends superb cross country season by dueling state's top runners NP boys' soccer team tops EWG, advances to Div. III semifinals Cougars take on Johnston today, seek first championship game appearance since 2005 By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com 3rd Generation Family Owned and Operated Geoffrey Greene ~ LfD Jennifer Greene faGan ~ LfD 2251 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 231-9307 • www.robbinsfuneralhome.com RobeRt "bobby" GRaham Birthday Remembrance November 20 th Love, Mom and Family

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