The No. 3 Lady Thunderbolts rallied from a goal down and defeated the No. 6 Rogers Vikings 3-1 during the Girls Soccer Division III Quarterfinal at Cranston Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Alany Avila, East’s freshman midfielder, topped the Lady Bolts with a goal and an assist.
Rogers goalkeeper Shea Milburn made 20 saves and East junior Zasia Barron stopped four.
“Zasia has been doing an excellent job in net for us,” Lady Bolts head coach Scott Maynard said. “Every game she gets better and better. She does a good job calming everyone down. She communicates well."
Alexandra Cranson gave Rogers a 1-0 lead, 17 minutes into the contest, when she rocketed a direct kick into the upper-left side of the net from 25 yards out.
East’s Avila evened the score at 1 with 7:15 remaining in the first half when the freshman scored during a fast break.
Forty-one seconds into the second half, the Lady Bolts seized a 2-1 advantage after Avila assisted ahead to Savana Lavimodiere, a junior star, who raced Milburn to the ball before blasting it into a wide-open net.
And once the Lady Bolts got on top, they played a more relaxed game.
“It felt great,” Lavimodiere said. “I was happy to finally get up. It kind of relieved some of the stress.”
Then, with just under 2 minutes to play, East got an insurance goal from Evelyn Vallee, a junior midfielder, who scored after an assist from fellow junior mid Abigail Cahill, during a corner kick and that made it 3-1.
The victory earns East a trip to the semifinal round which will take place at Cumberland’s Tucker Field on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. There the Lady Bolts will face the No. 2 Classical Purple. The Purple blanked PCD 3-0 in their Quarterfinal matchup on Monday evening.
At the conclusion of the contest, East had not yet known which of those two teams it would meet in the semis.
“The next round is going to be tough, but we all just need to work together and fight hard on this next team,” Lavimodiere said. ”I’m confident in my whole team. My whole team, we have confidence to play and get it to the next round. We want to make it to finals.”
And Maynard too, likes his team’s chances.
“We’re playing good soccer, we’re fit, so I feel good going into another game with them,” Maynard concluded.