Mariners Punch Ticket to Finals
- RHS 1, MacDuffie 0
- Goal by Andrew Zito
- Strong game by Drew Tamburini in goal
In a well-played and exciting SENE semi-final contest, Rocky Hill was able to outlast MacDuffie 1-0 on Monday afternoon. It was a back-and-forth affair in the first half, with MacDuffie attempting to use the wind at their backs to get behind the Mariners back line. RHS countered well however, and had several opportunities before a cross from freshman Garrett Corsi found a streaking Andrew Zito, who finished strong and clean to give Rocky Hill the lead. In the second half the Mariners continued to play solid defense in the back and to hold their own in the midfield. Several chances went begging but the defense held firm and the Mariners were able to hold on for a narrow victory.
Freshmen Davis Lee was tasked with filling in for senior captain Peter Chen and he did not disappoint. Partnering excellently with Kobe Polley, they combined to thwart MacDuffie’s attempts to play over the top and also were aggressive in winning the ball. Davis showed remarkable composure as the pressure mounted late in the game and was a major factor in the Mariners notching the shut-out.
The team travels to St. Andrews on Wednesday for the championship match up.
Rocky Hill falls to Class B Marianapolis
- RHS 1, Marianapolis 3
- Lone Mariner goal scored by Marlon Monterroso
- Seniors Peter Chen, Perry Clark, and Ding Wen were honored before the game.
Rocky Hill faced off against class B opponent Marianapolis on Wednesday afternoon in East Greenwich. Marianapolis got on the board first, converting after a penalty call for an inadvertent handball. Both teams struggled to break through the other team’s backline, and despite some good opportunities the half ended 1-0. Some defensive breakdowns early in the first half led to two quick Marianapolis goals and a 3-0 lead. RHS tried valiantly to get back into the game, and managed to pull one back when captain Andrew Zito was taken down in the box and sophomore Marlon Monterroso converted from the spot. RHS could get no closer though, and fell 3-1.
“Captain Peter Chen left it all out on the field in his final regular season game as a Mariner. His cover defending was excellent and he aggressively broke up play in the middle of the field. He was a force in the air and also continued to show improvement in his distribution play,” commented Coach Schatz.
The Mariners host the SENE Semifinal on Monday.
Mariners Grab Important League Point with 2-2 Tie vs Bancroft
- Goals by Marshall Lind and Chase Schulte
Rocky Hill and Bancroft battled to a well-fought 2-2 tie on Wednesday in East Greenwich. The Mariners started strong and got on the board first when freshman Marshall Lind was in the right spot and found the back of the net on a long corner kick from sophomore Marlon Monterroso. Strong midfield play by Bancroft and fierce defending by RHS center-backs Kobe Polley and Peter Chen marked much of the rest of the first half. The second half looked much the same, as Bancroft continued to grow into the game, now aided by having the wind at the back. The Mariners held on bravely, but with 10 minutes left Bancroft finally broke through, heading a corner kick home to tie the score. Confident now, they added another three minutes later to take the lead. All looked lost, but with just minutes remaining Monterroso sent in a cross from the left side and sophomore Chase Schulte turned it in expertly with the outside of his boot to rescue the draw.
“Chase’s first varsity goal was a big one, rescuing a draw with only minutes left. He has proven himself to be both a high energy influencer as an opportunist, getting himself into good positions,” said Coach Schatz.
The Mariners return to the pitch on Friday.
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.
Rocky Hill Blanked By Visiting Putnam
- Mariners were defeated, 8-0.
Putnam Science defeated RHS 8-0 on Wednesday in a friendly. A reasonably contested first half (3-0) got away from the Mariners late, as the technical skill, organization, and movement of RHS’s opponents was too much for them to deal with.
“This will be a great learning experience moving forward, where we plan to see skilled opponents in our final games and in the playoffs,” said Coach Schatz.
Rocky Hill returns to action away on Friday.
Rocky Hill Goes on the Attack Versus St. Thomas More
- Rocky Hill defeated St. Thomas More 5-2.
- Captain Andrew Zito recorded four points, scoring twice and assisting twice.
After a slow start a nice counter-attack culminated in a through ball from captain Andrew Zito that found Marlon Monterroso streaking down the center, and the sophomore cooly finished for his 10th goal of the season. Sophomore David Gutierrez would double the lead later in the half on an assist from freshman Garrett Corsi, and then junior Kobe Polley added a third would a nice one-time finish on a long cross from Zito before STM pulled one back before the break. In the second half Zito notched a brace, with Marlon assisting on the first. STM was able to get one back late but could draw no closer.
“It was a well-balanced attack today and bodes well for our chances as we enter playoffs,” said Coach Schatz.
The Mariners host Putnam tomorrow.
Mariners Best Winchendon in Physical Match
- Rocky Hill showed resiliency as Winchendon struck first and the Mariners responded with three unanswered goals.
- Junior Andrew Zito had two scores on the day.
Rocky Hill had one of their better performances of the season as they beat a competitive Winchendon side 3-1 on Wednesday. Winchendon struck first, taking advantage of a defensive mistake to take an early 1-0 lead. The Mariners fought back however, as junior captain Andrew Zito opened up his 2018 account with a long range shot that beat the Winchendon keeper to pull RHS level. Sophomore David Gutierrez gave the Mariners the lead before halftime with another long range effort off a pass from Marlon Monterroso. The game remained tight throughout the second half, before Zito put Winchendon away with his second goal, pushing past the keeper and slotting home from a pass from Gutierrez.
Freshman Drew Tamburini had his best game of the season in goal, including a spectacular reaction save in the second half to protect RHS’s one goal-lead at the time. Sophomore Daxton Tassone also played well as he continues to grow into his fullback role.
“It was great to see Andrew Zito find the back of the net today,” said Coach Schatz. “He is one of our offense workhorses, so it is fitting to see that rewarded.”
Rocky Hill returns to the field on Friday, October 5th with a road trip to Lexington Christian Academy.