Eagles best Huskies 5-1 in soccer rivalry game

Barrington rebounds after trailing 1-0 for five straight goals

Story and photos by Richard W. Dionne, Jr.
Posted 10/30/20

The Barrington High School boys soccer team, trailing 1-0 in the first half, came from behind to beat Mt. Hope, 5-1, in a non-league soccer rivalry game in front of a crowd at Vendituolli Field on a …

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Eagles best Huskies 5-1 in soccer rivalry game

Barrington rebounds after trailing 1-0 for five straight goals

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The Barrington High School boys soccer team, trailing 1-0 in the first half, came from behind to beat Mt. Hope, 5-1, in a non-league soccer rivalry game in front of a crowd at Vendituolli Field on a brisk Wednesday night. The win boosts the Eagles overall record to 3-1-2 and 1-0-2 in D-I. The Huskies are in first place in Division II with a record of 2-0. The loss dropped their overall record to 3-2.

The Eagles opened the scoring flood gates in the second half, netting five unanswered goals. Senior midfielders Nick Rockwell and Cam Chalue-Feeney each scored two goals and senior defender Dan Enos scored one. Barrington head coach Don Denham’s voice could be heard on the other side of the field as he gave a spirited halftime speech with the team down 1-0.

“At halftime, I reminded them why they are here and what the goal is,” Coach Denham said. “The mind set this year is any game that you’re playing in, might be your last. For the period of time that your out there, you have to forget about everything and focus on what the job is in the game.”

“This game is a big rivalry that had been off for a while,” said Huskies head coach Alex Couto. “I am excited that it is back on. Don’s done a great job with his team. They have a legit chance at the D-I title.”

Huskies score first

Early in the first half Huskies junior midfielder Nick Andreozzi booted a shot from just inside the box. It deflected off Eagles senior defender Jackson Bennett and bounced over leaping goalkeeper Jay Troiano (six saves) into the right corner of the goal for a Mt. Hope 1-0 lead. Barrington immediately put the pressure on, but the Huskies played strong defense in front of junior goalkeeper Matt Terceiro, who made several outstanding saves in the first half.

Terceiro consistently put his body in harms way, once diving into a sea of players to catch an Eagles direct kick. Another splaying out in front of an oncoming Eagle to corral a loose ball.

“He’s a very talented player,” said Huskies coach Couto. “It was back and fourth for the first 40 minutes,” said coach Couto. “In the second half, they just wanted it more than we did. They out-worked us.”

'Rocky' time

Rockwell put the Eagles on the board early in the second half. After a Huskies penalty, the midfielder lined up a direct kick on the left side of the field, 10 yards inside the center-line and lofted a shot towards the goal. The ball landed just beyond the Huskies' wall and rolled into the right corner of the net past a diving Terceiro to tie the game 1-1.

Another Huskies penalty gave Rockwell a second direct kick, this time from the right side. He boomed the kick up and through a loose Huskies wall, it bounded in front of Terceiro and exploded into the left top corner of the net to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.

Midway though the half, Chalue-Feeney corralled a throw-in along the left sideline and blasted a kick by Terceiro with a crossing shot to the right corner of the goal to give Barrington a 3-1 lead.

“That was absolutely beautiful,” said coach Denham of the goal. “But he was in the wrong spot. He should have been in the back corner. That should have been his trap and shot from that area, but, he had a beautiful goal.”

Coach Couto took Terceiro out to play forward and replaced his keeper with Zach Avila.

The Huskies had a chance to get a goal back when senior defender Alex Enes drew a penalty in the box. Terceiro was called upon to take the shot and he kicked a laser to the right side of the goal. Eagles keeper Sean Imbusch, (six saves) playing the second half, dove and swatted the ball out of the goal, preserving Barrington’s two-goal lead.

Barrington took a 4-1 lead when Chalue-Feeney jumped above the scrum and headed a corner kick into the right side of the goal, past a diving Avila.

Enos scored the Eagles' fifth goal with a blast from in front of the net for a 5-1 lead.

It could have been 6-1 on another Barrington corner kick as Huskies keeper Avila got caught out of the net as he ran towards the fracas. Bennett playing up, out-jumped the scrum and headed the ball on goal. Huskies midfielder Jayden Terra made the save, blocking the shot and punting the ball out with Eagles midfielder Keagan Gasbarro in his face.

Playoff picture

Both teams are looking for deep playoff runs in their respective divisions when they start in mid-November. Barrington has three league games left against Central Falls on Monday, Cranston East on Wednesday and St. Rays on Saturday, while the Huskies have four league games left — Tollgate on Saturday, Pilgrim on Monday, Smithfield on Saturday, Nov. 5, and Pilgrim again on Monday, Nov. 13.

“We’ll be competitive for the D-II title,” said coach Couto. “We are hoping we can get through and make it to the final four. We have a lot to work on.”

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