Rocky Hill Cruises to Class D Win on Road versus MacDuffie
- RHS 5, MacDuffie 2
- Goals scored by Garrett Corsi, Kobe Polley, and Marlon Monterrossi
In a pivotal match-up with SENE and Class D opponent MacDuffie, Rocky Hill was able to come back from a first half deficit and earn an important victory. RHS got off to a good start when a cross by freshman Marshall Lind was played on by captain Andrew Zito and eventually finished by freshman Garrett Corsi. An inability to defend set pieces once again haunted the Mariners however, as MacDuffie scored twice from free kicks to take the lead. The Mariners came out ready to play in the second half however, dominating the chances and quickly tying the score when junior Kobe Polley was able to turn in a free kick from Zito with a neat left foot finish. Zito again was the provider, this time completing a run through the defense with a cut-back pass that found Corsi, who calmly beat the goalkeeper to give RHS the lead. Sophomore Marlon Monterrossi sealed the victory with two late goals.
“Kobe did what he always does, anchoring the defense with captain Peter Chen, repelling attacks and covering anything that breaks through. He dominated in the air and and was aggressive in winning the ball. He also contributed offensively, with his break-up play igniting numerous counter-attacks. His biggest contribution, however, was scoring the tying goal, continuing his run on a free kick and finishing with his weak foot with the poise of a seasoned striker,” commented Coach Schatz.
Rocky Hill will host on Monday.
Boys’ Varsity Soccer Drops a Close One at Dexter
- RHS 1, Dexter 2
- Andrew Zito scored the Mariners’ lone goal
On a cold fall evening under the lights Rocky Hill put up a good fight against a physically imposing Dexter Southfield, coming up a bit short in their comeback attempt and losing 2-1. Set pieces were again the demise of the Mariners, as a long throw in the first half wasn’t cleared and resulted in Dexter’s first goal and a halftime lead. Dexter doubled the lead early in the second half on another set piece, this time heading home a corner kick. Despite numerous knocks and injuries suffered throughout the game, the Mariners fought back, and pulled within one when junior captain Andrew Zito finished a blitzing counter-attack with a left-footed strike after being sent through on a creative pass from sophomore Marlon Monterossi. Zito scored what looked like the tying goal minutes later on a free kick, but having beaten the goalkeeper directly from an indirect foul the goal was disallowed. RHS pressed on but was unable to find an equalizer despite a valiant effort.
“Andrew really stepped up and took on a more attacking role when our striker was injured. He scored the Mariners only goal with a brilliant left-footed finish and was instrumental in just about every opportunity RHS created,” said Coach Schatz.
The boys hit the road again on Friday.
MS Soccer A Blanks Pine Point on Road
- RHS 5, Pine Point 0
- Team Record rises to 5-1
On Tuesday, the Mariners took their final road trip to play against Pine Point.The first half was closely contested as both teams pressed their attack, but Dudley Samponaro netted one to put RHS in the lead. In the second half, strong defense featuring Cole Brown, Derek Block, Nate Lee, Ben Lawson and Alex Lehouillier continue to deny Pine Point while relentless attack led by Dudley, Collin Zito and Lauren Zheng all scored to earn a 5-0 victory. In the goal, Andrew Corsi earned a shutout.
The final game for MS Soccer A is next Tuesday versus St. Andrews.
Chilly Temperatures Can’t Cool Off Red Hot Mariners
- RHS 5, CATS 0
- Second shutout in a row for Girls’ Varsity Soccer
- Three Mariners contributed points – Kaeley Zito (1g), Tamira Lopes (3g), Ptolemy Tassone (1g)
Even the chilliest of winds could keep Rocky Hill Girls’ Soccer down, as they shut out visiting CATS Academy 5-0 on Senior Day. The full team got in on the action, with nine different players taking shots on goal. Paige Johnson and Emma Stokes combined for the shutout in cage. The team honored four seniors – Aviva Beringhause, Ptolemy Tassone, Savanna Olsen, and Johnette Williams.
“We are sitting in a great spot leading into playoffs and I couldn’t be happier with this full team attack today,” said Coach Lind.
The Mariners get a week to practice and rest up before their next contest.
Rocky Hill Middle School Soccer Claims Championship in Land of Fires Tourney
In their first game, the Mariners took on Segue and cruised to a 4-0 victory. Their opponent in the second game, Blackstone Valley Prep, was more of a challenge, and the two schools played to a 0-0 tie. However, this was enough to earn RHS top seed in pool play and a match with Community Prep in the semifinals. Dudley Samponaro scored early in the match, and defense held tight to earn a 1-0 victory and a trip to the championship facing Learning Community. Learning Community was leading a tight game until with 34 seconds left, Lauren Zheng tied it up. There was a scoreless 5 minute overtime before the game was sent to a shootout. It was tied after the first round, but then keeper, Andrew Corsi, shot and scored and then made the save that earned RHS the championship.
“It was a real team effort and all players contributed well,” said Coach Greenwood.
Middle School Soccer A returns to action next week on the road.
Girls’ Soccer Scores Big on Road
- RHS 7, Eagle Hill 0
- Four different Mariners scored goals: Kaeley Zito (1g, 2a), Tamira Lopes (4g, 2a), Abby Tillinghast (1g), Aviva Beringhause (1g)
The trip to Eagle Hill School was victorious for Girls’ Varsity Soccer, as they posted another league shutout and huge offensive day. Three different players chipped in between the posts with Paige Johnson recording 4 saves, Kaeley Zito recording 3 saves, and Tamira Lopes grabbing another 3 saves.
“This was a great game to showcase our full team in a variety of positions,” said Coach Lind. “We had fun today!”
Girl’s Soccer hosts CATS Academy on Monday for their senior game.
Middle School Field Hockey Turns Up the Fun at Lincoln Invitational
What a great day of field hockey!! The girls were challenged, but they came together as the morning progressed by making adjustments and working together as a team!! The 5, short game format required focus, adaptability and resilience – which they all practiced!! GREAT JOB to each and every player!!! Shout outs to Lexi, Orabel, Jillian, Hannah and Franny for consistency and flexibility! Rocky Hill School ended the day in third place with a pair of wins, a tie, and two close losses.
Varsity Field Hockey Blanks Pilgrim
- Mariners won 2-0 against Pilgrim, the highest ranking team in our division
- Faythe Schulte 1 g; Charlotte Boss 1 g; 1 a
The Field Hockey Team won in a captivating game against Pilgrim with seven players putting shots on goal. Natalie Wilson recorded five saves in goal and a shutout. This game was the 5th consecutive win for RHS Varsity Field Hockey this season.
“Momentum is building!” said Coach Fairchild. “Such a great game and full team effort.”
Rocky Hill travels to play Tollgate next Tuesday.
Rocky Hill Defeats Tiverton in Pink Game
- RHS Varsity Field Hockey won against Tiverton 2-1
- Faythe Schulte scored both goals, with an assist from Charlotte Boss on the second.
- Goalkeeper Natalie Wilson recorded five saves.
The Mariners dominated possession in a home league match against Tiverton, ending with a 2-0 win that qualified Rocky Hill for the RIIL D3 Playoffs. The game also was a fundraiser for the Play For More campaign. The Pink Out fundraising event was a huge success thanks to the support from our community!
“It feels great to know we have qualified for post-season play,” said Coach Fairchild. “The team is hitting their stride and we are excited to play again tomorrow.”
Field Hockey hosts Pilgrim tomorrow.