Faced with the exact situation that led to an upset loss two years ago, the North Kingstown boys soccer team survived this time. The top-seeded Skippers beat Classical 3-2 in the Division I quarterfinals on Saturday night to advance to the semis, which are slated for tonight.
In 2017, North Kingstown was also the top seed and was bounced in stunning fashion by Classical, which won in a shootout. The Purple continued to be a nemesis in the regular season this year, handing North Kingstown its first – and only - loss of the season in October.
All that made for a difficult quarterfinal matchup, but the Skippers found a way to prevail. The Skippers led 1-0 before Classical tied the game. A pair of goals put the Skippers back in front and they held on from there as the Purple moved within one but couldn’t net the equalizer.
Jake Froberg, Caleb Wagner and Liam Ennis handled the scoring for the Skippers, while Cameron Tuttle made six saves in net.
Another matchup with history awaits in the semifinals as the Skippers are set to face defending state champion Tolman. The Tigers beat North Kingstown 2-0 in last year’s quarterfinals, on their way to the title.
Tonight’s game is set for 5:30 p.m. at East Greenwich High School.
Rebels also move into semis
The South Kingstown boys soccer team is in the semifinals for the third year in a row thanks to a 1-0 win over Bishop Hendricken on Saturday.
Jimmy McLaughlin scored the lone goal for the second-seeded Rebels, with an assist by Michael May. Brendan Reilly made four saves for the clean sheet.
South Kingstown will face perennial powerhouse La Salle in the semifinals, tonight at 7:30 at East Greenwich High School. The Rams, who beat the Rebels 2-1 in an early-season matchup, are the No. 3 seed and beat Portsmouth 3-1 for a spot in the semis.
NK, SK girls advance
The North Kingstown and South Kingstown girls soccer teams were both scheduled for semifinal dates on Wednesday, thanks to quarterfinal wins on Sunday. The Skippers matched up with Cumberland, while South Kingstown took on La Salle. Results were unavailable at press time.
Third-seeded North Kingstown earned its semifinal trip with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Mt. Hope, which avenged a heartbreaking shootout loss to the Huskies in last year’s quarterfinals. Olivia Zevzavadjian led the Skippers with two goals and an assist. Amaya Dickenson, Jasmine Ranieri, and Kaitlyn Sullivan also scored. Haleigh Ward had three assists, and Maya Gamble made four saves.
Cumberland, which handed North Kingstown its only regular season loss, beat Barrington in the quarterfinals. North Kingstown is looking for its first title game berth since 2001.
South Kingstown’s quarterfinal game featured a little more drama, as the Rebels won 3-2 over Coventry in double overtime. Carley Fewlass scored two goals, including the game-winner in the second overtime period. Sarah Sorlien was the hero before that, scoring with six minutes left to tie the game after Coventry had taken a 2-1 lead.
The semifinal berth is the third in a row for the Rebels.
Narragansett back in semis
The Narragansett girls soccer team blew past Shea 5-1 in the Division III quarterfinals on Saturday, setting up a semifinal rematch of last year’s championship game against Tiverton. The Mariners and Tigers were set to play Wednesday night, with results unavailable at press time.
Anna Lubic paced the Mariners in their quarterfinal win with three goals, while Anna Hart had a goal and two assists. Bridget Blessing tallied the other goal, while Rylie Mitchell and Natalie Landy each notched an assist. Lucia Given made nine saves.
Prout ousted in postseason return
Back in the playoffs for the first time since 2015, the Prout girls soccer team ran into a hot team and had to settle for a short stay.
Coventry, a team the Crusaders had played to a tie in mid-October, turned on the postseason jets and won 6-0 on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals.