The No. 2 Cranston East girls soccer team worked past Providence Country Day 3-1 in the Division III quarterfinals at Cranston Stadium last week.
Despite controlling the possession battle for the opening few minutes, the Lady Bolts would fall behind 1-0 at the 30:19 mark when a shot from midfield bounced over the East goaltender to give PCD the lead.
However, East would stay composed the rest of the way and dominated nearly the entire ensuing 70 minutes of regulation.
Madison Ridore would get East on the board with a goal midway through the fist to knot the score at 1-1 at the halftime break. The Bolts came out fast in the second half, and would get a goal at the 22:09 mark from Savana Lavimodiere to take the lead. Ridore would give the Bolts some insurance with 14:45 remaining to set the score at 3-1 and secure the victory.
“(PCD) is a quality club. They beat Tolman, had a great game against Classical, we knew that they were a good team and they played well, so we were ready for it,” said East coach Scott Maynard, who was also pleased with the way his team responded after allowing the ugly goal in the first half. “Before the match I told them to be careful of that long ball coming from midfield, don’t let the bounce beat us, especially with us playing on turf. We were controlling the ball before that and we ended up being down a score. They kept their head though, they were composed, they didn’t rush it and it paid off in the end.”
Maynard was also happy with his team’s dominant second half, as the Bolts went back to the basics in terms of on-field strategy.
“We just talked about what our game plan was, what we worked on in practice and what we wanted to do … not rushing it, keep the ball on our feet, if we have the ball then they can’t shoot. That was the idea,” said Maynard, who was also impressed with Lavimodiere’s performance during the afternoon, as she also added an assist to go along with her goal.
“She’s been a workhorse in the middle of the field for us. She’s a sparkplug, she works well with whoever is in the middle with her, she puts in a good effort trying to move the ball forward,” said Maynard.
Patience was ultimately the biggest factor in the win, according to Maynard.
“You always practice the passing game, and to have that many opportunities in front of the net and not convert, the girls didn’t get frustrated and they stayed patient and it worked out. It’s one game at a time, we have one more game to win and now we head back to practice.”
The Bolts moved on to face Westerly in the semifinals on Wednesday evening, but the final results were not available at press time.