10/27/20 – Boys Varsity Soccer vs. East Greenwich HS

The Mariners Falter to Neighbor EGHS in a Non-League Friendly

RHCD 1, EGHS 5
Keanu Palavra – Man of the Match

Rocky Hill faced off against East Greenwich on Tuesday afternoon is a battle of two local schools who rarely get to face each other. East Greenwich started strong, using their width and superior pace to move the ball and push pressure on the Mariners back line. EG’s superior height also gave them an advantage on set pieces, which proved instrumental in the build up to the first goal. Coming a corner kick, although initially cleared by junior goalkeeper Drew Tamburini ’22 (East Greenwich, RI), Rocky Hill was slow to react to the ball, and East Greenwich was able to latch onto it outside the 18 and find a striker unmarked in the penalty area.

The Mariners fought back however and managed to level the score when junior Garrett Corsi ’22 (North Kingstown, RI) netted from the penalty spot after East Greenwich handled the ball in the box. East Greenwich was able to restore their lead before halftime though and looked poised to put the game away. Rocky Hill came out for the second half ready to go however, having upped their intensity, and the game was back and forth for the first fifteen minutes of the half. What had been a well-played if “chippy” game boiled over though, resulting in Rocky Hill going down a man after a sending off. That was all the daylight East Greenwich needed, as they scored twice in quick succession to take a commanding lead. An ugly end to the game saw another player from each team and the Rocky Hill coach shown red cards, with East Greenwich pulling away to a 5-1 victory.

Man Of the Match: Keanu Palavra ’22 (Pawtucket, RI)
Keanu’s play has improved each game, as he seems to be figuring out how to balance his defensive responsibilities with his urge and skill going forward. He held down the left flank pretty well overall, stepping up and winning the ball early, making tackles, or putting pressure on opposing players and forcing them back. He made numerous slalom-esque runs down the sideline, and created several high quality opportunities with his willingness to take defenders on. I was especially impressed with Keanu’s poise, as he managed to play with intensity while still maintaining control of his emotions.

10.22.20 – Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Toll Gate HS

Mariners Come Out Victorious in a Home Game Against RIIL DII Toll Gate HS

RHCD 3, Toll Gate 0
Dylan Lehouiller – “Man of the Match”

Rocky Hill faced off against Toll Gate on Thursday on a gorgeous afternoon in East Greenwich. The Mariners got off to a quick start, with junior Andrew Fuvich ’22 (Coventry, RI) getting a touch on a cross by senior captain Marlon Monterroso ’21 (Providence, RI) after he was put into space by a nice pass from freshmen Jake Krikorian ’24 (Cranston, RI). The early lead seemed to inspire confidence in the Mariners, as they took command of the game with an aggressive, organized defense and some good possession play and combination passing. Chances continued to come, and eventually Rocky Hill would double their lead when Monterroso was brought down in the box and slotted home the resulting penalty.

Both teams started to become overly reliant on the long ball as the half progressed, and the half ended 2-0. In the second half Rocky Hill continued to generate some good chances, with Fuvich being denied several times by some good goalkeeping. After a long punt by freshman keeper Andrew Corsi ’24 (North Kingstown, RI), senior captain Dylan Lehouiller ’21 (Saunderstown, RI) sent a neat through ball releasing freshman Dudley Samponaro ’24 (Wakefield, RI), who rounded the keeper and finished for his first varsity goal.

Man Of the Match: Dylan Lehouiller
Dylan truly “bossed” the midfield today, making major contributions both in possession and in winning the ball back. As always he set the tone for the team in terms of his effort and work rate, managing to hold down the center of the field while also getting up and contributing to the attack. He constantly won the ball back for Rocky Hill with his tackles and interceptions, and was calm on the ball once possession was won, helping to keep the ball and build the attack with good decision making and passing. His through ball to Dudley was the icing on the cake, and demonstrated how much he has grown on the offensive side of the ball.

10/15/20 – Boys Varsity Soccer vs. PCD

The Mariners Show Strength in Win on Senior Night!

RHCD – 5, PCD – 0

Garret Corsi – “Man of the Match”

Rocky Hill hosted their first game of the season on Thursday, facing off against Providence Country Day on a windy but beautiful fall afternoon. Both teams started slow, with the Mariners looking a bit tentative and struggling to move the ball quickly and create good opportunities. Strong defensive play by the back four, led by junior Bennett Fine ’22 (East Greenwich, RI), gave Rocky Hill the chance to grow into the game. The Mariners began taking advantage of their width, with opportunities beginning to come, but the finishing was still not yet there. 30 minutes into the first half the break finally came when junior Garrett Corsi ’22 (North Kingstown, RI) found Marlon Monterroso ’21 (Providence, RI) with an excellent through ball against the momentum of play. The senior captain made no mistake, and the Mariners were off and running. Five minutes later the duo were at it again, when Corsi again threaded a neat pass to Monterroso, who this time top-shelved the finish with aplomb. Junior Andrew Fucvich ’22 (Coventry, RI) added his first of the year minutes before the end of the half after a heads up throw-in by senior Chase Schulte ’21 (Warwick, RI) found Monterroso in space. In the second half, Corsi would add a fourth when he took advantage of the keeper wandering too far out of net, and Fuvich completed a brace with a neat header after a cross by Monterroso.

Man Of the Match: Garret Corsi
Garrett missed the Mariners first game against Barrington, and his absence was noticeable. Despite not being fully match fit, Garret’s passing and quality on the ball were difference-makers in this one. His vision was the key that unlocked the PCD defense for both of Rocky Hill’s first two goals, and his situational and positional awareness were evident when he spotted the PCD keeper too far off his line for his goal. He was strongly supported by his midfield partners: senior captain Dylan Lehouiller ’21 (Saunderstown, RI) put in a solid day’s work, showing up all over the field to make tackles and win the ball, and adding a few trademark slide tackles for good measure. Junior Marshall Lind ’22 (North Kingstown, RI) demonstrated his calmness and skill on the ball, helping to retain possession and contributing well to build up play, while also notching an assist on the first goal.

10/9/20 – Boys Varsity Soccer @ Barrington HS

Mariners Have Strong First Half, but Fall to a Strong RIIL DI Eagle Team

RHCD 0, Barrington HS 4

David Gutierrez – Man of Match

Rocky Hill faced off against DI Barrington HS on a beautiful Friday evening.  The game started pretty evenly, with Barrington attempting to use their width to attack the Mariners defense and create a few early chances, including having one shot strike the crossbar.  Rocky Hill slowly came into the game and began to occasionally string some passes together, but as was the story of the night they lacked consistency.  Late in the first half Barrington would go ahead on a penalty.  The second half saw Barrington grow into the game, as Rocky Hill’s offense once again became stagnant for the most part.  Junior goalkeeper Drew Tamburini ’22 (East Greenwich, RI) made numerous great saves to keep the Mariners in it, but a defensive lapse on a long cross saw Barrington double their lead.

The Mariners fought valiantly throughout the second half, and a couple of late goals saw the game end 4-0.

Player of the Game: David Gutierrez ’21 (Central Falls, RI)
Playing his first game at center-back David looked completely at home.  He worked well with his center-back partner junior Bennett Fine ’22 (East Greenwich, RI), together dealing with numerous through balls and balls over the top.  He won tackles all over the field, covered for his fullback, and stepped up well to win the ball, but I was most impressed with his positioning and situational awareness.  If David can keep up this level of play it will really help the team moving forward.
The Mariners are looking forward to thier next game against PCD on 10/15/20.

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11/17/19 – Boys Varsity Soccer @ NEPSAC Championship (v Brimmer & May)

The 2019 Boys Varsity Soccer NEPSAC Class D Champion Rocky Hill Mariners!

RHCD 2, Brimmer & May 1
Kobe P. – Man of the Match

On Sunday the Rocky Hill Country Day Mariners traveled to Loomis Chaffee and took home the NEPSAC Class D Championship! Facing a stubborn and defensively-minded Brimmer & May, RHCD dominated the initial run of play but were unable to finish. Several early opportunities went wanting, and as the Mariners honed in their threats, the Brimmer goalkeeper proved (with the help of his post) he was up for the challenge.

Rocky Hill thought they’d taken the lead through a deflection from senior Max L., only to see the referee call it back for a foul. Counter-attacking proved to be the biggest threat Rocky Hill would face, and despite senior captain Kobe P. and his back-line snuffing out the majority of threats, one first half chance beat keeper Drew T., only to ricochet off the post. The sophomore keeper was just able to get a hand to the rebound, deflecting it away from the Brimmer attacker who was poised to put it in.

The second half saw a determined Mariner team redouble their efforts, with the midfield beginning to win the all-important second balls, helping RHCD to regain control of the match. The break-through finally came when senior captain Andrew Z. was able to get around the defense on the left flank. He squared the ball to junior Marlon M., who deftly slid a pass to Andrew F., well-positioned in front of a goal. The sophomore made no mistake, slotting and home to give the Mariners the lead. Later in the half, Rocky Hill would double the lead when Zito found Monterroso at the edge of the box. The junior darted past his defender and slammed home his effort, setting off a wild celebration. Brimmer wasn’t dead yet though, and with less than ten minutes remaining a well-struck shot from distance got over the head of Tamburini, halving the deficit. The Mariners stayed poised though, defending well and winning some timely free kicks that helped run down the clock. When the final whistle sounded, Rocky Hill could celebrate their first NEPSAC championship since 2011. Congratulations boys!

Man Of the Match: Kobe P.
As he has been all season, Kobe was the difference maker in the back. With Rocky Hill dominating possession and pushing their fullbacks forward, Kobe and his center-back partner Bennett F. were tasked with defending a lot of space and often isolated in one-on-one situations. They proved they were up to the task, covering in behind their fullbacks and constantly stepping up to win balls in the middle of the field. Kobe in particular put in a commanding performance, dominating the back and using his pace, excellent positioning, and timing to erase threats before they could happen. On the rare occasion Brimmer was able to get into the defensive third, Kobe kept the defense organized. On the ball he was calm and collected, picking out feet in the midfield and helping to keep possession and start the attack. His growth as a soccer player over the last few years has been amazing, and Rocky Hill couldn’t have won it without him.

11/16/19 – Boys Varsity Soccer @ NEPSAC Semifinal (v Chase Collegiate)

Mariners Revenge their Recent Loss to Chase in NEPSAC Playoff Match!

RHCD 3, CHASE 2 – OT
David G. – Man of the Match

Rocky Hill faced off against Chase Collegiate in the NEPSAc semi-finals on Saturday. It was a thrilling affair, with both teams coming ready to play. Chase Collegiate had the better of the first 20 minutes, as Rocky Hill had trouble dealing with the difficult field conditions. A combination of a blocked clearance and a misplayed ball in the back led to an easy finish from close range and Chase’s first goal. With the majority of Rocky Hill’s threats ending in offside calls, Chase was able to maintain the pressure, and they doubled the lead when a man went unmarked and unchallenged at the back post on a corner kick and headed home. Despite the slow start and the 2-0 deficit, Rocky Hill did not crumble, and instead fought back valiantly. The opener came about from a heads up play from junior Marlon M., running onto a clearance ball from Bennett F. and then sliding the ball across for senior captain Andrew Z. to slot home from close range. The Mariners built off of the energy that goal created, and were able to level things when a cross from Andrew Z. was beautifully headed home by sophomore Andrew F. Despite a red card and the ensuing man advantage, the second half was scoreless and the game moved to a golden goal overtime. An early threat was snuffed out by senior captain Kobe P. and goalkeeper Drew T., and moments later, Marlon sipped between two defenders and crossed the ball. Senior Max L. got a piece as her turned towards goal, and sophomore Garrett C. was able to beat the goalkeeper to the ball, touching it across the face for Zito the hammer home for the win!

Man of the Match: David G.
David stepped up in huge fashion today, coming off the bench and helping to mostly shut down the opponent’s biggest threat. He was quick, both in play and his decision-making, time and again either denying his man any space or simply winning tackles and taking the ball away. He was strong in the air, and aggressively challenged anything in his area. His performance was essential to our success today.

11/13/19 – Boys Varsity Soccer v NEPSAC Quarterfinal (Boston U. Academy)

Mariners Prevail in a Cold NEPSAC Quarterfinal Against  a Determined BU Academy Squad!

RHCD 5, BUA 1

Rocky Hill advanced to the NEPSAC semi-finals on Wednesday for the first time since 2015. The Mariners jumped out to an early lead when sophomore Garrett C. was the first to react when a corner kick rebounded off the BU Academy keeper. Later in the half sophomore Andrew F. doubled the lead from close range with an assist from junior Marlon M. Fuvich would complete a first half brace when he headed in from a corner kick from Monterroso. Marlon would add one of his own after halftime on a well-placed free kick from just outside the 18. After BU Academy pulled one back on a free kick of their own, junior David G. restored the lead when his well-timed run from left back was rewarded by a threaded pass from sophomore Garrett C.

Man Of the Match: Garret C.
Garrett has continued to improve all year in his ability to impact the game and help his team win. Today this took the form of both tangible results (a goal and an assist) and the types of plays that go less noticed during the course of the game. He does all the little things that make the difference, shielding a player off to hold possession, going in hard and getting in a toe poke to maintain possession, making the extra movement to get himself in a position to be available for a pass. It is these things, just as much as the beautifully threaded pass that leads to a goal (which he also provides), that help his team win, and make him a special player.

11/8/19 – Boys Varsity Soccer @ SENE Championship (STM)

Mariners Travel to STM for SENE Championship and Come up Short

RHCD 0, STM 3
Bennett F. – Man of the Match

Rocky Hill faced off against St. Thomas More in the SENE finals on a frigid Friday afternoon. The Mariners knew they were in for a battle against the undefeated league leaders but came ready to play. Organized defensively and aggressive in pressing in the middle of the field, Rocky Hill made STM work for every opportunity. A well-timed run and finish gave STM the lead 20 minutes in, and they were able to double the lead before halftime when they rose the highest on a corner. Rocky Hill stepped up the intensity in the second half and were able to create a couple of chances, but the quality of STM’s play on the ball was too much, and eventually they put the game away in the second half on finish from close range.

Man of the Match: Bennett F.
Bennett helped anchor the defense as they worked to repel the numerous attacks STM was able to generate. He worked closely with his right back and communicated well with his center-back partner. They held an excellent line all game while also stepping up to intercept passes. His distribution on occasions where he won the ball and had time to get his head up was also impressive.

11/6/19 – Boys Varsity Soccer v SENE Semi Final (CATS Academy)

Mariners Prevail in SENE Semi-Final Match

RHCD 4, CATS 3
Marlon M. – Man of the Match

Rocky Hill faced of against CATS Academy in the SENE semi-finals on Wednesday. As they are wont to do at home, the Mariners got off to really quick start when junior Daxton T. sent in a long diagonal cross that junior Marlon M. was able to bring down before sending the ball crashing into the net. Sophomore Andrew F. doubled the lead when he picked the pocket of the CATS center-back and lashed a left foot finish past their keeper. CATS worked their way back into the game when a good through ball forced keeper Drew T. to come out, resulting in him bringing down their striker in the box, and they scored the ensuing penalty to halve the lead. Monterroso struck again however, to restore the two goal lead, finishing after a strong run by senior captain Andrew Z. After halftime, CATS came out fast, scoring within minutes to draw back to within one and then tying the score a short while later. RHCD responded though, and Zito put the Mariners back ahead, finishing a nice through ball from Monterroso. CATS spent much of the remaining time pressuring the Rocky Hill goal, but the Mariner defense held firm and the final whistle meant Rocky Hill was headed to the SENE finals!

Man Of the Match: Marlon M.

Marlon once again demonstrated the impact he can have on a game. His pressing was superb, his work rate and effort meant that CATS defenders never had time to get comfortable on the ball. His hold up play was also sublime, he constantly managed to find space to get on the ball and start the attack. It was his finishing that made the difference however, his first goal was an excellent strike and his second was a lethal finish after CATS may have thought they’d warded off the danger. Finally, he helped win the game when his threaded pass sent Zito through to goal.

11/2/19 – Boys Varsity Soccer @ Chase Collegiate

Though Scoring First, Boys Varsity Soccer Loses an Important Game on the Road

RHCD 1, Chase Collegiate 3
Drew T. – Man of the Match

Rocky Hill traveled to Connecticut on Saturday to face off against NEPSAC class D opponent Chase Collegiate. It was a tense and tight affair, with both teams struggling with footing in the muddy conditions. The Mariners were able to strike first when sophomore Andrew F. was able to keep his balance and finish after being picked out by junior Marlon M. Chase were then gifted an equalizer when an off-ball foul was deemed to be worthy of a penalty, which goalkeeper Drew T. could do nothing about. Chase grew into the game after this, and took the lead when they were first to react to a blocked shot off a corner kick, slamming home from the top of the box. Just after halftime they were able to double their advantage, when the Collegiate #9 was let loose down the right flank and was able to beat both center backs before slotting home. RHCD created a few chances, including Monterroso hitting the post, but ultimately couldn’t generate enough offense, falling 3-1.

Man of the Match: Drew T.
Drew played an integral role in keeping Rocky Hill in the game in the first half. He made several fine saves, including one from close range then he managed to knock high and wide. He also was aggressive off his line, demonstrating his improved ability to read the game. He could do nothing about any of the three goals.