By RYAN D. MURRAY The Cranston West Falcons boys soccer team went onto Ferguson Field at Lincoln High School and upset the previously undefeated Lions 2-1. Falcons senior Nate Evans registered the game-winning goal during the 45th minute and West held
By RYAN D. MURRAY The Cranston West Falcons boys soccer team went onto Ferguson Field at Lincoln High School and upset the previously undefeated Lions 2-1.
Falcons senior Nate Evans registered the game-winning goal during the 45th minute and West held off Lincoln from there.
"It's very exciting", Falcons head coach Ethan Lincoln said. "It's what we've been talking about all week. We knew it was going to be a big one for us, we knew it was going to be a battle, and I'm just glad that we could come in here and play our brand of soccer the right way."
The Lions drew a 1-0 advantage during the 14th minute when sophomore Anthony Parisi scored after assists from Tom Corcoran and Tom Zhao. Behind one goal, the Falcons were down, but not out.
"It's something that we've been trying to talk about with them the whole time," Lincoln said. "Just going down doesn't mean anything. It's a full game. We have to play the full game and I can't say anything other than that I'm proud of the boys for fighting this hard."
Ten minutes later, the Falcons got even at 1-1 when Jacob Morais, a junior, used a corner kick and assisted to Chris Cavallaro, who leaped up and scored with a header.
Evan's go-ahead goal came 21 minutes later. The senior fired in a rocket from 22 yards out, over the hands of a leaping Oskar Caldarone in net, and put the Falcons on top 2-1. That tally was unassisted.
"It felt amazing," Evans said. "That's what we gotta prove. We're a talented team and we're just going to keep doing that every single game. We're going to prove everyone wrong this year."
During the 57th minute, West sophomore defenseman Jon Frias stonewalled Lincoln's Jordan Furtado, who was dribbling towards the penalty box. Two minutes later, West junior goalkeeper Elhadji Ndoye, blocked a shot attempt from Parisi before the ball sailed over the goal post.
Then, down the other end, Falcons junior Luke Reiner saw a bullet denied by Caldarone, who made a spectacular diving save to his left.
Ndoye blocked another shot attempt during the 15th minute, this time on Corcoran, and that was as close as the Lions got. Ndoye finished the victory with eight saves.
"It was really well done for him in the back," Lincoln said. "He and Angelo (Izzi) have been kind of splitting time this year and we're happy to have him in this game. He did a great job. We're looking forward to continuing to develop with him."
This season, the Falcons defense has allowed just three goals over seven matches, and they've never given up more than one goal in a single match.
"We haven't let up many," Evans confirmed. "We're going to keep doing that. We're going to keep scoring goals and not letting any up."
The Falcons improve to 5-1-1 in Division II with the win while the Lions fall to 7-1-0. On Tuesday, West hosted Mt. Hope (7-0-1) at 4 pm. That was another tough matchup on paper and the score was unavailable at press time.