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HS PLAYOFFS: Rebels, Mariners Advance in Postseason

South Kingstown upsets La Salle in the Division I girls’ soccer playoffs and will play for a state title on Monday.

Thanks to penalty kicks, the South Kingstown High School girls’ soccer team will play for a state championship noon Monday at Rhode Island College against Smithfield.

After falling behind 1-0, the Rebels tied the game up by the half. The score remained at 1-1 through the second half and two 10-minute overtime periods.

According to The Providence Journal, the Rebels broke the tie by winning a best-of-five shootout 3-2. Scoring for South Kingstown were Emily McClarnon, Brooke Livingston and Samantha Ledonne.

SRIN Sports was also at the game, and has a gallery of more than 70 photos on their Facebook page. To view them, click here.

With the win, the Rebels ended the four-year reign of La Salle, according to The Journal and Rhode Island High School Sports.

South Kingstown hasn’t won a state title in girls’ soccer since 1999, which capped a three-year run for the Rebels. South Kingstown finished as runners-up in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2009. The Rebels haven’t had a losing season dating back to 1993, the oldest year that records are kept at RIHS Sports.

The Rebels will play Smithfield, the top seed in Division I. Smithfield beat the Bay View Academy 2-0 on Saturday to advance to the title game.

Smithfield is vying for its first state title in girls’ soccer. They were Division I runners-up in 2011, and Division II champions in 2009. The Sentinels won Division III titles in 1990 and 1991.

Moses Brown Clinches Playoff Spot for Narragansett

According to The Providence Journal, Moses Brown beat Ponaganset 35-6, which clinched the No. 3 seed for the Quakers and the No. 4 seed for the Narragansett Mariners.

With the loss, the best Ponaganset can finish is 4-4 in Division III, which would only tie the Mariners. Narragansett holds the tiebreaker with the Chieftains, thanks to a 23-14 win on Oct. 6.

The clinching of the playoff spot takes a lot of pressure off the Mariners, and reduces the importance of a Thanksgiving matchup with East Greenwich. The Avengers are 6-1 in Division III, second in the division to Middletown.

The Islanders finished the Division III schedule 8-0, clinching the No. 1 seed. They will be Narragansett’s opening round opponent, so No. 2 seed East Greenwich should be a good warm-up.

Optimistic playoff view: Middletown lost their first game of the season Friday! Pessimistic playoff view: That loss came against Tolman, a Division I program, and it was only by four points, 12-8.

The playoff game does give the Mariners a chance at revenge from last year. Narragansett was upset by Middletown in the Division III playoffs.

Final football note – If you’re looking for video highlights from Narragansett’s 21-6 win against Classical on Friday night, WPRI has a package available here.

Stephen Greenwell November 12, 2012 at 03:58 AM
The streaming video is still being prepared - http://riil.playonsports.com/events/44031 - and you can order a DVD of the game, it seems.

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