Archive - Oct 16, 2011 - Sports Article
PAWTUCKET â€” Former Central Falls coach Bobby Marchand used to describe soccer â€“ when played correctly -- as â€śthe beautiful game.â€ť
That description came to mind on Saturday when Marchandâ€™s old team, now coached by long-time Marchand assistant Carl Africo, played to a 1-1 stalemate with Shea High in a battle of Division I state title contenders. Both Shea and Central Falls play a similar game that emphasizes passing and playmaking at its core.
PAWTUCKET â€” Of the handful of non-league games this weekend that pitted Division I teams against Division II teams, this should have been the Division IIâ€™s best chance to grab a victory -- undefeated II-B leader Tolman vs. winless Cranston East at Pariseau Field.
The Tigers, who entered Saturday nightâ€™s game with a 10-game losing streak against Division I opponents, had a golden opportunity to halt that drought and dust off a reeling opponent that was banged up with injuries, but couldnâ€™t take advantage of it.