EAST PROVIDENCE — On a rainy Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 2, Alex DoRego’s brace paced the the East Providence High School boys’ soccer team past visiting Woonsocket, 3-0, in a Division I contest played at Pierce Stadium.
The Townies snapped a three-game winless drought, improving to 4-2-1 in the league standings. The Villa Novans remained the only winless team in the state’s top tier, dropping to 0-7-0.
In the first half the Townies took the play to the Villa Novans when DeRego, a sophomore, scored in the seventh minute to put the hosts up 1-0. For the duration of the half E.P. would keep the pressure on the visitors but could not extend their lead.
Heading into the second half the inclement weather was playing a big factor on both teams as they could not muster up any good opportunities. That changed a bit when DoRego was fouled inside the box and awarded a penalty shot, the Woonsocket keeper made the save.
DoRego, however, was not to be denied. He would get his second goal of the contest in the 64th minute when he scored to put the Townies up by two.
About three minutes later, E.P.’s Ethan Gervais nearly tallied the Townies’ third goal as he shot the ball just over the crossbar.
The hosts would tack on an insurance tally when junior Nick Lopes scored in the 72nd minute.
Although the Townies won, their play was not good at times, according to head coach Tony Vieira.
“Our play was similar to the weather, sloppy, sloppy from the start,” Vieira said.
DoRego’s two-goal effort was the highlight of the game for the locals. He was one of the best Townies on the field all afternoon.
“DoRego was one of our better guys today no question about it,” Vieira added. “He worked his butt off the entire game and he created both of his goals. He actually created a penalty shot that I wish he buried to get himself a hat trick, but he earned everything today.
While pleased with the victory, the Townies were far from perfect in the contest and will look improve when they return to action Saturday afternoon, Oct. 6, in North Smithfield for a non-league match against the Northmen at 1 o’clock.
“We do film so it’s a good game for us to go back and analyze, that process will start tomorrow,” Vieira concluded. “We’ll go back and look at this game and take it as a learning experience because there was definitely a lot that we did wrong, so that’s going to help us that’s for sure.”
Editor’s Note: Story by Mathew Galvao, an EPHS senior writing for eastbayri.com as part of a collaborative between The East Providence Post and thetownie.net school website.