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PAWTUCKET â The soccer fields at the McKinnon/Alves complex can handle the kind of rain that pelted its plush grass on Tuesday afternoon.
âThe city really did a great job with these fields,â Tolman coach Jack Couto said after his Tigers opened their league season with a 2-0 victory over Moses Brown. âIt was great we were able to get this game in today.â
The Tigers and Quakers played through a scoreless first half before Tolmanâs Manny Wongen, a speedy forward, broke through for a pair of goals in the second half.
âManny is just a sophomore,â Couto said. âHe and his brother (freshman Preston Kamara) play together on our front line.â
Tolman is coming off a playoff season last year.
âWe lost to the state champion (Smithfield) in the second round of the playoffs,â Couto recalled. âThis year, we have six new starters. Our goal is to make the playoffs. Thatâs our goal every year.â
Couto, in his fourth year as head coach, liked the way his team moved the ball around the field against Moses Brown.
âWe had good ball movement,â he said. âWith all the rain last week, we missed two days of practice. We played two Injury Fund scrimmages on Saturday. We tied PCD 1-1 and lost to Shea, 4-0. Our goal is to improve every game.â
The Tigers will try to live up to their coachâs axiom this afternoon when they visit Mount St. Charles for a 4 p.m. match.