The Mariners faced off against Hoosac late Saturday morning in the second game of the inaugural Rocky Hill Soccer Fest. After slow start, Rocky Hill freshman Dylan Lehouiller fed sophomore captain Andrew Zito a pass outside the box and the midfielder was able to chip the ball into the upper corner of the goal for a 1-0 lead. The Mariners struck again before halftime when freshman David Gutierrez drilled a shot passed the Hoosac goalkeeper with an assist from freshman Daxton Tassone. Rocky Hill came out sluggish to start the second half and were punished when a well-placed header off of a corner kick found the back of the net. The Mariners defense reorganized and was able to fend off further pressure, with the sophomore goalkeeper doing a fine job commanding his box and gathering the shots Hoosac did manage to get on goal. On the opposite side of the pitch, Rocky Hill was able to create numerous chances to add to their lead, but unfortunately all of these were thwarted until, with only seconds remaining, sophomore Kobe Polley broke through off of a cleared corner kick by Marlon Monterroso. The central defender raced the length off the field, out-pacing the Hoosac players chasing him and then slotted past the goalkeeper for his first varsity goal.
The Mariners faced off late Friday afternoon against a strong and experienced Hyde (ME) team in the first of two games in the inaugural Rocky Hill Soccer Fest. The Mariners were quickly on the scoreboard as senior Lester Li was able to redirect a low cross from sophomore captain Andrew Zito passed the goalkeeper. The lead was short-lived however, and Hyde was able to take a 2-1 lead into halftime. After Hyde was able to up their advantage to 3-1, Zito won a penalty after being taken down in the box, and freshman Marlon Monterroso cooly dispatched the resulting spot-kick. Despite a valiant effort by the young Mariners, the size and speed of Hyde’s players gradually wore down Rocky Hill’s defenses. Hyde was able to score four unanswered goals in the final half hour, before the Mariners finished the scoring with a late own goal off a free kick by Monterroso.
The Mariners played a tremendous game, shutting out Chariho 2-0. Andrea White assisted Chloe Ponte to make the halftime score 1-0, and Andrea White also assisted Koral Piccoli in the second half. Elsa Block was a dominant player all over the field and Taylor Cote had 14 saves. Go Mariners!
Our girls’ soccer team began its season with an 11-3 victory over CATS Academy. In brutally hot conditions, our girls played their first game with enthusiasm, cooperation, and a “we’ve got this” attitude. Kaeley Zito ’22 got the offense started with the first goal of the match. Kaeley went on to score two more goals. Aviva Bergenhause ’21 kicked in two solid goals. Tamira Lopes ’21 led scoring with 5 goals. Abby Tillinghouse ’21, who had been playing center back, took an offensive position in the final minutes of the game to kick another goal for Rocky Hill. Captain Ptolemy Tassone ’19 had two assists. Captain Brianna Segerson ’18 made 6 saves at goal.
At the PCD Invitational Cross Country meet, the Mariners ran against strong performers all around. Zack Wilson and Grady Sumrall finished first and second for the Rocky Hill boys. Hannah Wahl-Dunnigan and Ella D’Arcy finished first and second for the Rocky Hill girls.
The Mariners started the season with a well fought draw against SENE rival The Williams School. Newcomer Jay-Juan Hayes immediately established himself as a threat by opening the scoring off an assist from captain Andrew Zito. Williams was able to level the score after halftime but Zito earned a penalty kick after being taken down in the box and converted from the spot to reestablish the lead. The Mariners defended well as time ran down but ultimately could not hold, giving up a late goal to end in a draw.
The Rocky Hill School Mariners held South Kingstown to 0-0 at the end of the first half, but conceded 2 goals in the second half. Chloe Ponte had a great at left wing and Faythe Schulte was incendiary in the midfield.
In a beautifully played game, the Mariners dominated the field against Cranston East. Freshman goalie Taylor Cote earned her first shutout in the 1-0 win. Koral Piccoli scored the first goal of the season.