2008-11-13 / News

Fall sports teams wrap up busy season

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

The North Kingstown High School girls' soccer team ended their season on Oct. 29 with a 3-0 quarterfinal loss to La Salle, who went on to beat South Kingstown in the finals to win the state title.

La Salle was seeded first in Division I North with a regular season league record of 13-0-3. The Lady Skippers were seeded fourth in Division I South with a record of 5-6-5.

Head coach Kevin Powers was happy with his team's performance. "I don't think we were intimidated going into the game. We held them to 1-0 in the first half and we thought if we scored early in the second half, we had a chance. They ended up scoring early, then they put another one in and it kind of deflated us. It was a different game after that. We took some chances, but it just didn't work out. If we played them again tomorrow it could be anyone's game."

North broke La Salle's undefeated streak midway through the season on Sept. 23 handing the Rams their first tie in a scoreless game at North Kingstown. "This is not an excuse, but La Salle draws from nine communities so they have an abundance of talent. We played them to a 0-0 tie earlier in the season and were happy with that. They are a very strong team," Powers said.

One of three freshmen on the team and the only Jamestown resident is Nicole Perez. "As a freshman coming in it is a whole different game. Nicole played in every game this season and started in over half the games. She saw significant playing time which is pretty good for a freshman and good for the future of the team," Powers said.

At the striker position, Perez contributed in both goals and assists throughout the season.

Boys' soccer In the 2008 Met Life Soccer Classic, the North Kingstown High School boys' team was on the road to defend their state title but lost to La Salle (4-3) in the semifinals in a game decided by penalty kicks. The game was held Nov. 4 at Cranston Stadium.

La Salle was undefeated and beat North (2-1) in a regular season match up on Oct. 14. North was seeded fifth going into the tournament with a record of 12-5-1.

In the preliminaries North beat Coventry 5-1 and in the quarterfi- nals North beat fourth seed Chariho, 4-2. La Salle was seeded first (16-0-2) and lost to Barrington in the title match.

Head coach Kyle Froberg said "I was disappointed in the result, because we should have won. I was proud of our kids not giving up an overtime goal after we were scored on in the last minute of regulation." Going into the overtime shootout, the score was 2-2.

The Skippers tied Chariho for first place in Division-1 South. Islanders on the team include seniors Andrew Bretti and Garik Smith and junior Sam Baines. Smith had a great season racking up numerous goals and assists. "Garik was a key player for us off the bench." said Froberg. Bretti was selected for the second team All-Division.

After losing a lot of players to graduation last season, Froberg spent much of this season getting his new starters used to playing together. According to Froberg, he will be looking for a big contribution from Baines next year.

Girls' tennis

The North Kingstown High School girls' tennis team ended their season and was given the Sportsmanship Award for Division I. Head coach Jacques Faulise said many coaches approached him throughout the season and said win or lose, the North players were always good sports.

Islanders and juniors Allison Smith and Eloise Heath played in the number two singles and number three spots, respectively. "They were the leaders of the team and worked hard all season," Faulise said. Senior Sarah Pease, also from Jamestown, was a captain of the JV team and played in the number one doubles spot and would alternate playing on the varsity team.

First year coach Faulise spoke highly of his entire team. "Every single directive I gave, I gave only once. If it was to be on time, not once was anyone late." He attributes this to the leadership of the upperclassman.

Faulise was not as happy with the team's record. "There were a couple of matches we could have won to get in the playoffs so that was a disappointment." Being in Division I was difficult according to Faulise, as a lot of the players in the league played tennis all year round.

According to Faulise overall it was a good season with a great group of kids. "They got a lot out of this season; they learned a lot and know what to work on in their games for next year."

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