Central Falls sends East Providence boys' soccer to first loss

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EAST PROVIDENCE — Visiting Central Falls High School stayed unbeaten while sending a depleted East Providence boys' soccer club to its first loss in the early going of the Division I season, as the Warriors defeated the Townies, 2-1, Thursday night, Sept. 20, at Pierce Stadium.

Central Falls scored both of its goals in the opening 40 minutes, controlling possession and building a 2-0 lead by half-time. The second half was a near mirror in East Providence's favor though the Townies, without four of their regulars, couldn't muster the tying goal.

Alex DoRego accounted for the lone East Providence, working in tandem with Randy Kuoadio to get the locals on the board in the 63rd minute. The Townies, like the Warriors did in the first half, finished the game on the front foot. E.P. had eight corner kicks and five free kicks in the final 40 minutes, though had no other quality scoring looks besides the one created by Kuoadio and DoRego.

Central Falls improved to 4-0-1 with 9 points in the league standings. The Townies slipped down the table a bit, falling to 3-1-1 with 7 points on the Division I ladder.

Despite the setback, EPHS head coach Tony Vieira was pleased with his team's performance, considering the quality of the opposition and because his Townies were down a few men.

"I'm excited. I thought we played really well against one of the best teams in the state," Vieira said. "We took it to them for 40 minutes and they took it to us for 40 minutes in the first half.

"At the beginning of the game you could see some of our guys were a little intimidated, we did some ball watching. But that's to be expected. We had guys in there who don't normally start or others that haven't played much. But once we settled, we played awesome."

The Townies are back in action Tuesday night, Sept. 28, on the road against Barrington at 7 o'clock.

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