Eye on another prize

Eye on another prize

Tiverton’s Kayley Nagle, #13, tries to settle the ball, but Scituate’s Delaney Langton, right, steals it and kicks it up the field during last week’s Division II game at Manning Field. Langton scored a goal and added an assist to help lead the defending D-II champions to a 4-1 victory. (Breeze photos by Kayla Panu)
Defending Div. II champion Scituate girls’ soccer team easily wins first three games

NORTH SCITUATE – After winning the Division II championship last year, the Scituate High girls’ soccer team has picked up where it left off and posted victories in its first three games of the 2017 season.

The Spartans graduated four seniors from last year’s team, including two starters, but other than that, the championship team has returned in full. Junior Taylor Parker, who missed basically the entire season last year, is back as a starter and at full strength, and so is senior Cassandra Clancy, who got injured late in the season, but returned for the title game.

“I have eight seniors, a good core of eight,” head coach Bubba Parmenter said after the Spartans improved to 3-0 by netting a 4-1 victory over Tiverton last Thursday afternoon at Manning Field. “Hopefully, we stay healthy and strong because we should be one of the top teams in the division again, I hope.”

The Spartans are captained by four of their seniors, Sam Oster, who produced 12 goals and was a First-Team All-State player last season, Emily Pietrantozzi, who had 10 goals, Jensen Barry, and Clancy.

Another key senior, Delaney Langton, is returning, and Madison Medbury, who started in goal as a freshman, is also back. She had 12 shutouts last year and earned Third-Team All-State honors.

“I think we have one of the best goalkeepers in the division in Maddie,” Parmenter added. “She was strong last year and she is even stronger and taller this year. She’s really good.”

Sophomore Serena Forte, who had missed the first three games of the season, was expected to be back in the lineup this week, and freshman Rachel Oster, Sam’s sister, had missed her first game last week after injuring her ankle in the previous contest. Parmenter said that Rachel played two really good games and was also expected to return to action this week.

Scituate opened up the year with a 5-1 win over Moses Brown and continued that trend with a 5-1 win over North Providence. Last Thursday, they were limited to two goals in the first half, but added two more in the second half to put away Tiverton.

“It was probably good for them to struggle a little bit, make them realize that not every game is going to be a cakewalk,” Parmenter said of his team’s contest against the Tigers. “They have to keep playing hard.”

The first two goals came on similar plays, corner kicks by Clancy, and on both occasions, Parker got the ball in the net, the second time on a header. Tiverton got a goal back, but that was all. In the second half, Langton assisted on Sam Oster’s goal before scoring a goal herself off a pass by Pietrantozzi.

In Scituate’s win over Moses Brown on Sept. 1, Pietrantozzi scored two goals, the Oster sisters and Parker each tallied one, and Langton added two assists. Four days later, in the win over NP, junior Emily Petrarca led the way with two goals and the Oster sisters and Langton each had one.

The Spartans, who visited rival Ponaganset on Tuesday afternoon, will host Rogers today in a 4 p.m. game. After that, big showdowns against Burrillville, Chariho, North Smithfield and Mount Saint Charles await Scituate, and Parmenter said they would be the teams to watch in the league. He said that his team will have the advantage in hosting three of them at Manning Field.

While his returning players have their sights set on the finals again, Parmenter said that he is not focusing on that this year.

“Our goal is to make the playoffs and see where we go from there,” he added. “I’m not putting pressure on them to repeat because they don’t need that pressure. If we stay healthy, I’m hoping ­-- and I imagine -- we’ll be in the semifinals and hopefully make it all the way, but anything can happen.”

Scituate’s Emily Pietrantozzi, right, has a step on Tiverton’s Hope Sherman as she speeds down the field with the ball during last week’s Division II matchup at Manning Field. After kicking off their season with back-to-back 5-1 victories, the defending D-II champion Spartans improved to 3-0 by downing the Tigers, 4-1.