Boys soccer scores big win over Cranston East

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Andrew Grassey

The Tiverton High School boy’s soccer team has been battling for every win so far this season and it was no different on Friday night against Cranston East High School. The Tigers would win 2-1 in a game that took went down to the final whistle.

The first half of the game was filled with multiple scoring chances for Tiverton but they were not able to get the ball into the net. They finally knocked in their first goal 37 minutes into the half when sophomore Austin Garvey kicked the ball into the top corner of the Cranston East goal. Tiverton head coach Tom Murray felt that his team could have been up far more at halftime but the Tigers were just not able to finish on their chances.

“We could have been up 4-0 early in the game,” Murray said. “We missed a breakaway and so many chances early.”

Early in the second half, the Cranston East defense was playing aggressively and attacking the ball. The Tigers took advantage of thats as Tommy Murray broke away from an attacking defender and scored Tiverton’s second goal of the game.

Tiverton seemed to be walking their way to a victory but a desperate Cranston East went on the attack and scored a goal with just a couple minutes remaining. Then, in extra time, they had an open look at the net off a corner kick but Tiverton sophomore goaltender Ian Rashleigh McNally made the huge save that held Cranston East off and give Tiverton their sixth win of the season.

With the win, the Tigers are in good position for the tournament at the end of the year. Coach Tom Murray is pleased with how his team has been playing lately and hopes that they can continue their success as they head into the playoffs.

“It’s a big win tonight. We have 20 points now. Now we still have a shot for home field advantage and that’s what we are pushing for,” he said.

Tiverton’s next game will be away as they take on Davies Career and Technical School on Tuesday Oct. 22.

 

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