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MIDDLETOWN -- St. Raphael Academy fell from the unbeaten ranks in a very big way on Thursday night by dropping a 7-5 decision to Middletown High in the Division III semifinals at the Gaudet Middle School complex.
The Islanders, who will battle Narragansett High in Sundayâ€™s championship game at Rhode Island College, won this high-scoring affair by breaking a 3-3 tie with the first three goals of the second half.
The loss came as a shock to the Saints, who allowed just eight goals during the regular season and came into the game with a 15-0 mark.
The Saints received a pair of goals in the last six minutes of play from Trina Lomba to make it a 6-5 contest, but the Islanders sealed the victory with an own goal in the closing minute.
Sarah Hayes, Kytresa Ivey-Jones, and Kyanna Ivey-Jones also scored goals for the Saints, and Danielle Peloquin added a pair of assists. Kirsten Perry netted a hat trick for the winners (13-1-4).
EWG edges Ponaganset
CRANSTON --- Erica Vincent scored on a penalty kick 11 minutes into the second half to snap a 2-2 draw and lift top-seeded Exeter/West Greenwich High to a 3-2 win over fourth-seeded Ponaganset High on Thursday night in the Division II semifinals at Cranston Stadium.
The Scarlet Knights (15-2-3) will play second-seeded Lincoln High, a 1-0 semifinal-round victor over Mount St. Charles Academy, in Sundayâ€™s 3 p.m. title game at Rhode Island College.
Madison Shea and Nicole Chace notched first-half goals for the Chieftains, who were coming off a 1-0 overtime victory over Tiverton High on Tuesday. They end their season with a 13-3-4 mark, their best mark since their 18-0-1 regular season in 1999.
Burrillville falls short
MIDDLETOWN -- Narragansett scored 3 goals in the first 12 minutes of Thursdayâ€™s Division II semifinal and held off Burrillville, 3-2.
Burrillville put up a strong battle against Division III-Central champion Narragansett, rallying from a 3-1 halftime deficit on a goal by Trista Cardona at the 12:12 mark. But Narragansettâ€™s defense held on and kept the Broncos from tying the game.
Narragansett, 12-1-4 during the regular season, outshot Burrillville 12-8 for the game. Broncos goaltender Taylor Maurath made six saves.
With the wind at its back, Narragansett took a 3-0 lead in the first 12 minutes of the match as Carla Porras scored two goals and Maggie Salamone netted one. Burrillville broke through at the 16:42 mark on a goal by Taylor Ross.