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We were all ready, focused and set to go,” Shenendehowa senior defender Sophia DeMura said. “To have it end like that is so disappointing. We tried to make it for the best.”
“We had so much energy and it immediately stopped,” Shenendehowa senior midfielder Maia LaVigne said. “I am happy we got to scrimmage a little bit. We had fun. I wish we could have played, but we had fun.”
Regarding the potential of taking a forfeit but instead being co-champions, LaVigne said, “I am happy we did that because (Shaker) has no control over it. It was their school, not even their team. If I was in their position, I would have liked that as well. I think it was the right thing to do.”
“I think they handled it the right way. We would have loved to have the win coming out of that, but are grateful to come out as co-champions,” DeMura said.
“I would not have anticipated this 10 minutes before a game,” Nirsberger said. “It was totally the right call to make.”
Nirsberger made the snap decision to allow her players one final run on the field together before releasing them.
“I flashed to what I would want as an athlete,” Nirsberger said. “I know I am feeling emotional and heartbroken for the seniors especially. I would have wanted to play. I think you saw they needed to play.”
The final was a highly anticipated contest. The teams tied 0–0 in October and were the top two seeds in the tournament. Shenendehowa (12–0–1) had 15 players score goals this season and enjoyed a 69–6 goal differential. Shaker (12–0–1) had 14 players score goals and featured a 60–7 goal differential.
“We were really looking forward to playing,” Nirsberger said. “We were so athletically matched up with goal scorers vs. solid defenders and excellent goalkeepers. You can’t take the (title) and run with it because of COVID. It is still a tough pill to swallow.”
“I am so happy we actually got to have a season,” LaVigne said.https://www.kunz.fr/nutt/fr-v-so0.html
https://saurashtrauniversity.edu/sups/fr-v-so3.htmlRebels coach Adam Howarth fielded pregame messages from near and far while preparing for the Interscholastic League Division I title matchup against Tolman. Former goalkeeper Tom Higgins was among those checking in half a world away in New Zealand.
Three decades of near misses were erased in 80 minutes at Polisena Stadium. South Kingstown, long one of the state’s flagships, now has the trophy in its cabinet thanks to a 3–1 victory over the Tigers.
The Rebels took care of business early in this one. Matt May found the net in the sixth minute and later first-half goals from Jason Perry and Curtis Granville happened just 30 seconds apart. South Kingstown protected its 3–0 lead over the final 60 minutes, the last grains of sand finally draining from what felt like an eternal hourglass.
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