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 Sunday’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 Sunday’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 Thursday’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 Narragansett’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.