By Andrew Grassey
The Tiverton High School’s boy’s varsity soccer team tied North Providence High School 1-1 at home on Friday night. It was a frustrating game for the Tigers as they had multiple scoring chances throughout the game but their offense was only able to convert for one goal.
“That’s been the problem all year. I think we have outplayed a lot of teams in the league but we just can’t score,” said Tiverton head coach Tom Murray. “We do everything but put the ball in the net.”
Tiverton senior Michael Pacheco had the first big chance of the game when the ball rolled to him in front of the net. He fired the ball toward the net but it was blocked by the North Providence defense.
Then, with four minutes remaining in the first half, North Providence sophomore Shawn McCarron scored the first goal of the game. The shot was just beyond the outstretched arm of Tiverton goaltender Nate Johanning.
“In the first half we were giving too much room,” Murray said. “I thought we did a better job in the second half closing people down and doing a better job containing the middle.”
The Tigers team came out for the second half playing a more physical and aggressive game and their hard work would finally pay off as nearly halfway through the second half junior Tommy Murray, son of coach Tom Murray converted on a shot from over 30 yards out.
“One I hit it I knew it was going top corner,” Tommy Murray said. “We struggled at times getting the ball up front and they had it down our throat but then we played good towards the end and we scored the goal.”
Each team would have a couple more chances in the game but neither could tack on another goal and the game ended in a 1-1 tie, a result that coach Murray feels could have been better.
“We leave them in the game and they get more confidence and it becomes a harder game for us,” Murray said.
The tie puts Tiverton’s record at 4-3-2 and seventh in the league standings. A tie is not an ideal outcome against a North Providence team that has struggled for most of the season but coach Murray will take it.
“I didn’t want to get out of here with a loss,” Murray said. “We needed it.”
The Tigers will take on North Smithfield High School in their next game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The game will be played at Tiverton High School.
Win over Johnston
Trailing 1-0 at halftime at Johnston, the Tiverton boys soccer team roared back with a strong late second half to win 2-0 last Tuesday.
Jamson Hughes scored for the Tigers with an assist from Michael Pacheco at the 42-minute mark of the last half. Then, at 64 minutes, Tommy Murray tallied an unassisted goal on a free kick.
The victory pushed Tiverton’s record to 4-3-1.