Mariners score two set-piece goals to sink Bur­ril­lville

Bron­cos still bat­tling for home quar­ter­fi­nal

Woonsocket Call - - Sports - By BRANDEN MELLO bmello@woonsock­et­

BUR­RIL­LVILLE — In the pre­vi­ous two days, the Bur­ril­lville boys and girls soccer teams have held their own against tal­ented op­po­nents in open play.

Set pieces, how­ever, were a dif­fer­ent story.

Just one day af­ter the Bur­ril­lville girls were done in by a penalty kick against Sc­i­t­u­ate, the Bronco boys failed to prop­erly de­fend a cor­ner kick and a long throw in and that proved to be their un­do­ing against Nar­ra­gansett Wed­nes­day after­noon at Gled­hill Field.

The vis­it­ing Mariners scored just 11 min­utes into the Di­vi­sion III con­test when Jack Lur­gio headed in an Austin Pratt cor­ner kick and then in the 70th minute, Lur­gio re­turned the fa­vor when his long throw in found the head of Pratt for an in­sur­ance goal in a 2-0 vic­tory.

“It looked like we weren’t ready to play,” said Bur­ril­lville as­sis­tant coach Paulo Macedo, who was han­dling most of the caching du­ties while coach John LaFauci re­cov­ers from knee re­place­ment surgery. “We were miss­ing one of our bet­ter play­ers [ Cam­den Har­ri­gan], but we should play a lot bet­ter than we did. We didn’t dom­i­nate any­thing.”

“We did well in the air,” Nar­ra­gansett coach Ryan Kanaczet said.

“We were down a cou­ple of kids who were sick to­day, but Lur­gio re­ally stepped up to­day be­cause we didn’t have Ben Red­ding­ton. We also didn’t have our lead­ing goal scorer, Kaelin (Kil­roy), but we have a lot of guys who can put the ball in the net.”

Bur­ril­lville (6-3-1 Di­vi­sion II) are bat­tling Pil­grim and St. Raphael for a home quar­ter­fi­nal and the Bron­cos still have winnable matches left against Woonsocket, Tiver­ton and strug­gling Sc­i­t­u­ate. The Bron­cos have now gone three games with­out a vic­tory af­ter a draw with Davies and a 2-1 de­feat to un­de­feated Cranston East.

Macedo knows with se­niors Ben Lamoureaux and Justin Krieg along with a host of tal­ented un­der­class­men the Bron­cos have enough tal­ent to re­turn to the Di­vi­sion III semi­fi­nals for a third straight sea­son.

“Other than to­day, I think we’re do­ing all right. We have a good, solid squad,” Macedo said. “We just have to keep stay­ing fo­cused and keep with the game plan.”

Nar­ra­gansett (8-1-2 Di­vi­sion II) is bat­tling Pon­a­ganset for the No. 2 seed in the play­offs. The Mariners cur­rently have a three-point lead over the Chief­tains, while the Mariners trail the Thun­der­bolts by eight points. The top two teams in the di­vi­sion will meet in ’Gansett next Thurs­day. First, though, the Mariners have to face reign­ing Di­vi­sion III cham­pion Davies.

“We just need to make sure ev­ery­one gets healthy,” Kanaczet said. “We need to con­tinue to com­bine our passes and find feet. We need to be more ad­van­ta­geous when we have chances. We can get a lit­tle pre­dictable like to­day where we played a lot of 50-50 balls. We had to do that to­day to get points with Jack not be­ing in the mid­dle.”

Bur­ril­lville’s best chance to score came in the sev­enth minute when ju­nior Devin Mor­ri­son played a cross to the penalty spot where Nick Ham­mond fired a shot over goalie Jack Betts’ net. The only other Bronco chance in the first half came in the 31st minute when Nick Gos­selin had a close-range shot blocked by Betts.

The Mariners didn’t have many chances, but they cap­i­tal­ized in the 11th minute when Lur­gio jumped above his mark and headed a Pratt cor­ner kick past Lamoureaux.

Nei­ther team cre­ated many chances in the sec­ond half, but for the sec­ond time in the match, the Mariners took ad­van­tage of one of their few chances. Lur­gio fired a throw in from the right touch­line that was headed to the right of Lamoureaux by Pratt with just 10 min­utes left.

“I’m ex­cited about the way we played and Jack made some great saves,” Kanaczet said. “I feel like we’re right where we should be in the di­vi­sion. We have Davies later this week and I’ll take the [Bill] Belichick ap­proach and just fo­cus on the next game against Davies.”

The Bron­cos had one more chance in the 78th minute, but Paulo Mello’s 30-yard free kick was gob­bled up by Betts. The Bron­cos head to Tiver­ton Fri­day night.

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