Lawn soccer plays well against tough Cole
The Lawn Avenue School rose to a big challenge on Monday afternoon in their game against Cole Middle School. Cole came into the game with an undefeated record and had scored 14 goals against their most recent opponent.
"We played a really great game today," coach Stephanie Nocon said, "This was a very tough team and we really stayed with them. I would almost call this a win, because that team is that good."
Jamestown did take the 3-0 loss, but the Wolves never let down the entire game.
"One of the best things about our team this year is that we work hard until the very end," team captain Danny Bailey said. "We don't give up, even if we are down by a few goals."
Jamestown received strong play in the goal from Rachelle Reppe in the first half, which was key to holding Cole to a 1-0 lead at half time. One particularly heroic save by Reppe came when the ball ricocheted off of the left post and landed right in front of the goal. Reppe's quick reflexes took over and she dove on the ball and saved the goal.
Owen Heath took over the tending duties in the second half and also made some outstanding saves, including several diving stops.
"Everything is working well right now," Nocon said. "We pretty much have our passing down, but we need to get the ball into the net. We seem to think we can dribble the ball into the goal, and we need to learn to take the shot."
Offensive standouts for the team included Bailey, Nicole Perez and Zach Henning. "Danny and Zach really developed leadership roles on the team last year, and they started out the same way this year so I knew they would make good captains," coach Tom Carney said.
Cara Liberati and James Chamberlain have stepped up the team's defense, which Carney had said was something that needed to happen for the team to be successful.
"They seem to be getting stronger every game, but we are working on strengthening our defense. We need to be able to clear the ball up to the offense to take advantage of their speed. Our speed and our offense are strong points for us," Carney said.
Bailey points out that third year player Jacob Morris has been key to the defensive leadership on the team.
"Jacob has a really good knowledge of the game, and he is very tough on defense," the captain said.
The team started their season on a positive note this year with two wins over Thompson and Westerly Middle Schools.
Carney and Nocon are sharing the coaching duties on the team this year, a situation that seems to be working well with everyone involved.
"They both know a lot about soccer, but they approach the game and run practices a little different, which is good because we get two different points of view," Bailey said.
Carney started playing soccer when he was 8 years old, played through high school and currently plays in an adult league on Sunday afternoons.
"I knew I wanted to coach one of the school teams and the soccer position was open. It worked out well because I really like soccer and the kids are great," he said.
Nocon, who played in college, is also still playing the game. She made the switch from center to defense, giving her a broad knowledge about what her players face.
"Tom asked my to help coach and I was really excited because I love the kids," she said.
The team will play at home tomorrow, Friday, against Thompson Middle School at 3:30 p.m.