RHCD 5, Williams 1
Man of the Match – Andrew Fuvich
Rocky Hill traveled to Connecticut to face off against Williams on Saturday afternoon. They came ready to play, opening the scoring within five minutes when sophomore Andrew Fuvich was hand to clean up a loose ball in front. Ten minutes later the Mariners doubled their lead, this time on the counter as senior captain Andrew Zito fed junior Marlon Monterroso. Williams was able to get one back on a free kick but RHCD re-established their lead when junior David Gutierrez latched onto a blocked shot and found the back of the net. The Mariners added one more before halftime, when sophomore Garrett Corsi found himself unmarked at the top of the six on a corner from Monterroso, and made no mistake with his header. The game slowed down a bit in the second half as the heat drained the energy from both teams, but Rocky Hill continued to connect passes and press. They were rewarded when Fuvich took a pass from Zito at the top of the 18 and lashed a drive into the corner.
Man of the Match – Andrew Fuvich notched his first varsity brace scoring on either side of halftime to help lead Rocky Hill to victory. His first was yet another opportunistic goal, getting himself into the right place to take advantage of a mistake, something he has made a habit of already this season. His second was a nice strike from the outside, beating the keeper with a top shelf shot. Fuvich has shown dramatic improvement in his ball movement and vision from the start of the season, great work!
RHCD 0, Gordon 5
Juliana Hayes – 12 shots, 7 saves
The middle school field hockey team started their season strong with a tough game against Gordon Thursday afternoon. The team’s goalkeeper, Juliana Hayes, defended 7 out of 12 shots from Gordon’s offensive players. New additions to the team, and to the sport in general, showed a lot of promise for the coming weeks. While our girls put up a hard fight, Gordon ultimately won 5-0.
RHCD 6, Gordon 2
Dudley Samponaro – 3 goals
On Tuesday, the A team traveled to Gordon for our season opener. The team came out firing and our offense moved the ball well playing to the open spaces and making good crosses. Dudley Samponaro netted three goals, Breen Hill got two and newcomer Jacob Lax also put one in. Our back line of Nate Lee, Cole Brown and Alex Lehouillier effectively shut down Gordon’s attack and their clearing ability started many of our offensive runs. The final score was RHCD 6 Gordon . 2.
The RHCD cross-country team had a strong first meet at Providence Country Day School, where the Mariners faced off against both PCD and St. Andrew’s School. A breezy, sunny September afternoon and flat, fast course created perfect conditions for our runners, many of whom clocked personal best times. Two of RHCD’s runners, Zachary Wilson and Skye Connell, placed within the top ten. The team will face off against PCD again next week, 9/27, at RHCD’s Homecoming Meet. Please come support the Mariners as they defend their home course!
RHCD 0, Gordon 5
Rocky Hill B Team had their first match of the season against the Gordon School B team on Tuesday. This was the very first soccer game ever for many of our players and a HUGE congratulations goes out to them! Despite a late arrival, limited warm up, and a shortened game, our Mariners played hard. The first few minutes of the game were played in our defensive third, allowing Gordon to score 4 goals. To their credit, the players showed great resilience and continued to give the game their all.
A mid-game injury (Luke Lehoullier fractured his wrist) didn’t break our spirit either. The second half of the game we looked and played like a different team. Our defensive players found their zones, midfielders had some amazing passes and footwork and we had a few breakaways that almost resulted in some goals. Despite a 5-0 defeat, the players demonstrated great sportsmanship, showed application of the skills we practiced all week, and have a better understanding of how the game is played. We are ready to take on Wheeler next Tuesday 9/24 at 4:15!
RHCD 7, CATS 7
Lauren Zheng – Great defensive support
RH ended up playing a much stronger CATS team than we have in the past. Several of their players were not only physical, but they had the skills of players who have the ability to play in the Youth Premier Leagues.
CATS opened up the scoring to take an early 1-0 lead, but fortunately through some timely passes by Kaeley Zito to Tamira Lopes, we were able to score 3 goals and capture a 3-1 lead. CATS scored again before halftime making the score 3-2. In the 2nd half we traded goals to tie 5-5 and then they took a 2 goal lead. With the game winding down, it was starting to look like we had lost this one 7-5, but then Tamira scored another goal to bring us in reach and then our birthday girl and only senior, Emma Stokes, scored a tying goal with under 2 minutes remaining.
As usual, most of our goals and assists came from our two most experienced players, Tamira & Kaeley, but I do have to note that strong play in our defense from our new 8th grader, Lauren Zheng, and two of our new to the game players, Mariana Meyer and Sarah Cunningham, all made great contributions.
RHCD 5, CATS 2
Man of Match – Daxton Tassone
Rocky Hill faced off against CATS Academy Monday afternoon. The Mariners started off sluggish and were out-worked in the middle of the field, with CATS dominating possession for the first 10 minutes of the game. RHCD gradually worked their way into the game, and began to string together passes and press their opponents with more urgency . The break-through eventually came, with junior Marlon Monterroso crossing to senior captain Andrew Zito, who finished for a 1-0 lead. In the second half the Mariners began to find their offensive rhythm, with sophomore Garrett Corsi delivering a pass that Andrew Zito deposited for his second of the game and 2-0 lead. Garrett Corsi was again the provider a bit later, as a beautifully threaded ball set Monterroso through, and he made no mistake giving Rocky Hill a 3-0 lead. CATS responded however, pulling back within one, before sophomore Andrew Fuvich was able to finish off after a good run by Andrew Zito. Senior co-captain Kobe Polley wrapped things up, heading home off a corner from Monterroso.
Man of the Match:
Daxton Tassone had his best game of the young season, dealing well with threats down the right flank, releasing pressure with good balls out, and providing an outlet out wide. He went in strong on every tackle and was well-positioned through-out, not allowing himself to get beat behind or between the CB and himself. He was particularly adept at handling situations where he had to face his own goal. Great game Daxton.
Soccerfest Day 2
RHCD 6, Hyde 0
Man of Match – Max Lehouiller
The Mariners wrapped up a successful weekend with a 6-0 victory over Hyde, ME on Saturday morning. The scoring started early when sophomore Andrew Fuvich pounced on ball that went through the keepers hand on a corner kick. Junior Marlon Monterroso doubled, latching onto a ball from senior captain Andrew Zito and finding the far corner. Minutes later Monterroso returned the favor, taking a nice outlet pass from junior David Gutierrez and finding Zito streaking down the middle. Marlon would add two more goals from the penalty spot on either side of the half, notching his second hat trick in three games. The icing on the cake was when senior Max Lehouiller took a through pass from senior co-captain Kobe Polley and lashed into the net for his first varsity goal.
Man of the Match: Max Lehouiller
Max has established himself as a contributor in the midfield this season. His defensive work rate is top notch, and he has been a force breaking up play and winning back the ball in the center of the pitch. He has also worked to improve the offensive side of his game, showing confidence on the ball and in connecting passes. In today’s game he scored a clinical finish for his first varsity goal.
Soccerfest Day 1
RHCD 5, Storm King 0
Man of Match – Andrew Zito
In the third annual Rocky Hill Soccer-fest, the Mariners faced off on Friday afternoon against Storm King of NY. Rocky Hill was able to get off to a quick start as senior captain (and birthday boy!) Andrew Zito latched onto a through ball from junior Marlon Monterroso and slotted home past the keeper. The Mariners struck again midway through the half when sophomore Garrett Corsi fed Monterroso, who finished neatly into the far corner. Midfielders Dylan and Max Lehouiller refused to allow Storm King time in the midfield, winning tackles and connecting passes to help maintain possession. Late in half, the Mariners got a third as a combination of a lucky bounce and good timing from David Gutierrez resulted in an own goal. In the second half center-backs Kobe Polley and Bennett Fine continued to be tested but held strong in the center of defense. Marlon completed a brace when he was able to slip through on a long ball from Fine and intelligently used his body to hold off the defender before finishing into the corner. Sophomore Andrew Fuvich wrapped up the scoring with his first varsity goal, as he was rewarded for crashing the net when the goalkeeper spilled a shot from Monterroso. Goalkeeper Drew Tamburini also had an exceptional game, with a huge save on a break-away in the first half and diving effort that he smothered with no rebound in the second, to preserve his clean sheet.
Man of the Match: Andrew Zito
Birthday boy Andrew Zito led the way today, scoring his first of the season to put the Mariners out in front early. He was a constant threat on the left flank and also provided support in the midfield. His ability to beat defenders both one-on-one and through combination play gave Storm King nightmares.
The Mariners will be back in action tomorrow morning against Hyde, ME