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.