The Division I soccer race took on a different complexion Wednesday after Shea was upset by Central and Central Falls edged defending state champion Barrington.
Unbeaten La Salle (10-0-3) still has the most points (23) but Central Falls (7-1-4) moved into second place overall with 18 points following its 1-0 victory over Barrington.
Shea (8-2-1) is now third in the points race with 17 while still leading the East by two points over Portsmouth. The Raiders visit the Patriots for a 5 p.m. game this afternoon, then host Central Falls at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Max Read Field.
Shea has played one less game than C.F. The Raiders have seven games left on their regular season schedule, including a match at La Salle on Saturday, Oct. 22.
Central’s Irving Savino broke a 0-0 tie 15 minutes into the second half and goalie Abel Quiroa finished with seven saves in the Knights’ upset of Shea. Central is now 5-7-1 and tied for second place with Cumberland (4-4-3) in the North, seven points behind Central Falls.
“Don’t forget Cumberland,” C.F. coach Carl Africo said on Wednesday evening. “They have a pretty easy schedule the rest of the way.”
The Warriors broke their scoreless game with Barrington in the 12th minute of the second half when Stivan Monteiro took the ball in the middle of the field and delivered it to striker Kelvin Castillo, who tucked his shot under the bar for the match’s only score.
“Barrington dominated the first 15 minutes of the game,” Africo said. “We withstood the pressure and then we got a little break on Kelvin’s goal. It seems like everyone is so close in this division, one break can mean the difference between winning and losing.”
Africo said the Division I race is “wide open,” although the coach would have to admit that La Salle will be the favorite when the playoffs begin in early November.
Shea, Portsmouth, Central Falls and Barrington remain in the mix, needing a “break” in the playoffs to advance in a very competitive field.