2007-09-13 / News

NK boys take down Chariho 4-0 in soccer

By Adrienne Downing

Ben Nadeau showed off his strong defensive foot skills in the Skippers game against Chariho. Nadeau, a senior and a captain, is key to the team's leadership this year. Photo by Adrienne Downing Ben Nadeau showed off his strong defensive foot skills in the Skippers game against Chariho. Nadeau, a senior and a captain, is key to the team's leadership this year. Photo by Adrienne Downing North Kingstown High School boys' soccer team captain Brett Utley has been dreaming of only one thing since the Skippers stunning quarterfinal playoff loss in overtime to Barrington last November.

"My whole goal this year is to exact a little revenge on Barrington," he said. The island resident smiled and laughed as he said it, but the look in his eyes said he was totally serious.

"Although we were undefeated in the regular season, we lost in the playoffs, so that is not an undefeated season," Uttley said, "That just gives us the incentive this year, something to shoot for."

The Skippers lost three seniors from last year's division championship team, but coach Kyle Froberg, who is also from Jamestown, said he feel's this year's team is a well-rounded one.

"There are 22 guys on this team and I can rely on any one of them. I guess you can say we are a younger team, but I also have good senior leadership and that makes us balanced," Froberg said. "We are all on the same page."

One of those senior leaders is islander Ben Nadeau.

"Ben anchors our defense and he provides our leadership in the back. He usually plays 80 minutes a game and we don't sub a lot for him," the coach said. "He is a quiet leader, who leads by example."

The team played their first home league match against Chariho on Sept. 7, following a 2-2 tie against league rival South Kingstown on Sept. 5

"The game against South Kingstown was probably one of the worst games I have ever played," Uttley said. "I can't really explain it, I just couldn't get it together."

Nadeau said the team did not adjust well to the Rebels' narrow field size.

"We are used to spreading the field a lot more and their field is probably about 10-yards smaller than ours," he said. "When we play in a situation like that we need to keep the ball at our feet more and not in the air as much."

The field situation is something the Skippers will have to deal with for most of their road matches, but Froberg is confident they will make the adjustment.

"We have by far the largest soccer field in the state," the coach said. "Some places it is more narrow than others, but we need to take better care of the ball in those situations."

Froberg noted how the team came out against Chariho and did not take anything for granted.

"They viewed that tie at South as a loss," he said. "We were up 2-1 with eight minutes to go and we didn't hold them. They wanted to make sure that we didn't do that again."

There certainly was not much rest for Chariho goalie Bradley Borsay. North started the shooting match just two minutes into the game with an opportunity right in front of the Chargers goal. Borsay was able to get a hand on it, but the NK offense did not let up. Less than one minute later, Borsay was saved again when the wind held up an Uttley penalty kick just long enough for him to get his hands on it.

Austin Brunero, who was a last minute replacement for starter Bill Zile, scored six minutes later on a feed from Uttley, giving the Skippers a 1-0 lead.

Jamestowner Garik Smith played a strong offensive game for the Skippers and he gave North the 2-0 lead with 11:27 remaining in the half.

The scoring fun continued for the Skippers with an Uttley goal inside of the 2-minute mark, giving the home team a 3-0 lead at the half.

An Uttley penalty kick goal six minutes into the second half rounded out the scoring, and gave NK the 4-0 shutout.

"Chariho is a well-coached team. Whether the kids chose to listen to the coach and do what he says is a different thing," Froberg said.

After scoring on his second penalty kick, a slightly injured Uttley watched from the sidelines.

The coach was happy with his team's play, and said he feels like they will have a strong season.

"Is it realistic to say we will be undefeated again, probably not, but we are going to go out and take one game at a time and see what happens," Froberg concluded. "We definitely have the talent for it. We just need to take care of business."

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