EPHS approaches boys' soccer playoff qualification

Townies need one point after recent tie with Quakers, defeat of Sentinels

By Mike Rego
Posted 10/24/19

EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School boys’ soccer team entered the week thinking it needed at least four points from its final four regular season games to qualify for the upcoming …

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EPHS approaches boys' soccer playoff qualification

Townies need one point after recent tie with Quakers, defeat of Sentinels

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School boys’ soccer team entered the week thinking it needed at least four points from its final four regular season games to qualify for the upcoming Division I state tournament. However, after checking with league officials, the Townies found out they must get one more than that, five in total, to earn a postseason spot.

Rather than the 13 E.P. initially thought it needed, teams must accrue 14 points total from their 15 regular season games to qualify for the playoffs. The locals began the week with nine.

East Providence found one of those points to open the stretch, helpfully all in city at Pierce Stadium, playing visiting Moses Brown to a 1-1 tie.

The Townies spotted the playoff-bound Quakers (26 points) a first half goal before Colin Capelo scored the equalizer off an assist by Gabe Ferreira in the 57th minute of the second period. Andrew Mongeon was credited with seven saves in the E.P. net.

The Townies followed up with a rousing performance on Senior Night, October 23, when they dominated visiting and one-win Smithfield in a 4-0 win.

At halftime and already up by a commanding 3-0 count, East Providence honored its seven graduating players: Ryan Moniz, Aidan Schwab, Domenick Lopes, Owen Charron, Fabio Almeida, Zach Bento and Rodrigo Condinho.

It was a junior, however, who stole the show a bit. Colin Capelo had a brace, scoring his team-leading ninth and 10th goals of the season for the locals.

His first, about 10 minutes into the game, proved the game winning tally. His shot into the upper right 90 of the Smithfield net past keeper Sam McCutcheon set a tone for the evening.

All three goals the Sentinels goalie allowed entered the net in the same spot, including East Providence’s second on a penalty kick by Moniz in the 30th minute. Moniz converted the PK after fellow senior Lopes was tripped dribbling into the 18-yard box.

Condinho added the third Townie tally just two minutes later. Pressuring a Sentinel defender, Condinho stole the ball then quickly lofted a shot on frame from about 23 yards out, coincidentally his uniform number, that beat McCutcheon once again in the upper 90 to his right.

Early in the second half, the same Ferreira-Capelo combo that accounted for E.P.’s lone goal against Moses Brown two days earlier capped the Townies’ scoring for the night. Ferreira gained possession in the middle of the pitch deep in the Smithfield final 30, then slid a pass to Capelo who in stride took a shot that beat the Sentinels’ replacement keeper for the tally in the 45th minute.

The Townies turned their attention immediately to their final two games, both at home at Pierce Stadium. East Providence was scheduled to host Classical (24 points) Thursday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. and LaSalle (29 points) Saturday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. East Providence, which entered Thursday game with 13 points on a 3-6-4 record, must earn at least one point via a tie to qualify for next week’s state tournament.

“We need a result,” said EPHS head coach Tony Vieira. “It’s going to be difficult, but it’s doable.”

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