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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.
â€śThe city really did a great job with these fields,â€ť Tolman coach Jack Couto said after his Tigers opened their league season with a 2-0 victory over Moses Brown. â€śIt was great we were able to get this game in today.â€ť
The Tigers and Quakers played through a scoreless first half before Tolmanâ€™s Manny Wongen, a speedy forward, broke through for a pair of goals in the second half.
â€śManny is just a sophomore,â€ť Couto said. â€śHe and his brother (freshman Preston Kamara) play together on our front line.â€ť
Tolman is coming off a playoff season last year.
â€śWe lost to the state champion (Smithfield) in the second round of the playoffs,â€ť Couto recalled. â€śThis year, we have six new starters. Our goal is to make the playoffs. Thatâ€™s our goal every year.â€ť
Couto, in his fourth year as head coach, liked the way his team moved the ball around the field against Moses Brown.
â€śWe had good ball movement,â€ť he said. â€śWith 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€ť
The Tigers will try to live up to their coachâ€™s axiom this afternoon when they visit Mount St. Charles for a 4 p.m. match.