East Providence High boys' soccer strikes again, beats Chariho

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WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — The East Providence High School boys' soccer team kept a couple of good things going Wednesday night, Sept. 12, in a 1-0 victory over host Chariho in a Division I contest.

First and foremost, the Townies won their third consecutive game to start their league season, improving to 3-0-0 for the first time in recent memory.

Second, the duo of Nick Lopes and Brandon Pietruszka combined on a goal for the third time in as many outings, and did so in the same fashion. Lopes headed in a Pietruszka throw-in during the 75th minute of play to account for the lone tally of the night.

"It was just a one-time thing, bang," EPHS head coach Tony Vieira said of the goal-scoring sequence. "Three goals in three games for Nick Lopes. I hope he keeps it up."

Lopes, a junior forward, is one of the players Vieira is counting on to help carry the scoring load for E.P. this fall and so far, so good. The Townies have also played superbly in their own zone in all three wins, backed by senior keeper Chris Moura who made six saves for the cleansheet Wednesday.

East Providence out-shot Chariho, 13-6. Just as impressive, the Townies earned nine corner kicks, which emphasized their possession advantage over the 1-1-0 Chargers.

"Actually this was our best game of the three," Vieira added. "We were very, very good with possession. We moved the ball out of the back well and built things up in the middle.

"Obviously, we're taking things one game at a time, but this is the first I can remember us being 3-0 in a long time. It's a credit to the guys and how well they're playing right now."

The Townies take the rest of the week off, returning to action Tuesday afternoon, SEpt. 18, in Providence for a date against Central at 4:15 p.m.

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