The Cranston soccer teams squared off in their annual City Cup games last weekend at Cranston Stadium, and the West girls and East boys emerged victorious to take home the prize, as well as bragging rights, for the next year.
The West girls would top rival East 2-1. Angela Marses and Julia Robbins scored for the Lady Falcons while Taylor Costa added an assist in the win. West keeper Lauren Foley racked up six saves in net.
Hope Halvarson scored East’s lone goal in the loss, while keeper Zasia Barron recorded 12 saves for the Lady Bolts.
The Lady Falcons were excited to take home another City Cup title over their rival.
“It’s always an emotional game. The girls always enjoy being able to hoist the trophy, this is my sixth season here and we’ve been able to win each time. (East coach) Scott (Maynard) had a great game plan and really stymied us; we had a lot of opportunities but we couldn’t finish them. Their keeper had a good game, that is a really good East team,” said West coach Jeremy Sherer.
The Falcons were also happy to keep their late-season momentum as they look to gain favorable playoff seeding. West got off to a shaky start this season, but has turned things around in the past few games.
“We always seem to play the teams that win early in the year, early in the year. We got hit with a string of injuries, we lost three girls to injury during the Barrington game. Since then though, we went 0-0 with La Salle, 0-0 with Mt. Hope, then lost to a very good North Kingstown team. Now, we have five games left and we should be able to win every one of them. It’s too early to make any predictions for the playoffs,” said Sherer.
Sherer and his staff hope to see the players maintain their confidence and recognize their abilities during the home stretch.
“They’re finally starting to recognize that everyone is playing well and everyone is healthy. We’re starting to hit our stride, you want to peak late in the season when it counts. We’re looking for confidence in them, and confidence in that they know what they can accomplish,” said Sherer. “We look at some of these games, we tied La Salle, tied Mt. Hope, even against an undefeated North Kingstown team, we were right in that game. I think some people overlook us and you will see us rise in the standings in the next two weeks.”
The East boys team grinded out a tough 4-3 win over West to claim the City Cup.
After finishing regulation tied 1-1, the two clubs went to penalty kicks and the Bolts did just enough to get the job done.
Kerin Murillo scored East’s goal in regulation, assisted by Angel Lopez. Keeper Jorge Avila made four stops in net. Luke Schmidt netted the Falcons’ lone goal and was assisted by Michael Paquette. Keeper Matthew Cataldi recorded seven saves in net for the Falcons.