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 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
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.