A fledgling Masters team provided the Tiverton boys soccer with just the goal-scoring and confidence boost it needed Friday as the Tigers rolled to a 7-0 win at Tiverton.
“They (Masters) are a first-year program but we needed a win and this came at a good moment,” said Tiverton coach Tom Murray.
Coming off a an opening tie and loss, “both of which we were in all the way and could have won … I hope this gives us the momentum we need moving forward.”
Graduation cost Tiverton ten players including prolific scorers Cory Newbury and Andrew Bonoan who between them accounted for over 50 goals. The team went 11-3-1 in the regular season, eventually losing to a tough Exeter-West Greenwich squad in the finals.
“We have a lot of players, a lot of options,” Coach Murray said, adding the setting the eventual starting lineup remains a work in progress. It’s a big (41 players) and relatively young team with lots of enthusiasm and potential, he
“I think we are capable of beating anyone — it’s just a matter of coming together as a team.”
And putting the ball in the net.
In both the opening 3-3 tie against Warwick Vets and a 3-1 loss against West Warwick, “We had plenty of good chances.” That was especially true against West Warwick, a game in which Tiverton missed some wide open shots that could have put the Tigers up by several goals.
The Masters game gave Coach Murray a chance to play most of his squad — “it gave some kids who have been working hard some real-game experience which is a big help.”
Scoring two goals each were Ryan Amaral and Michael Pacheco, while Tommy Murray, Dylan Pacheco and Jameson Hughes netted a goal spice.
Starting goalie Ian McNally teamed up with junior 6′ 5″ backup Nate Johanning for the shutout.
The Tigers’ next game comes this Wednesday (after the Times went to press) against a good Prout team.
“That all be a great test for us,” Coach Murray said.