South County Tornadoes Double Up
Written by: John Murano
Friday, July 17, 2009
On June 13th, the South County Tornadoes U14 Boys team competed in the Superliga Championship game. After a successful 7-1 season in the anchor division, the Tornadoes won the Championship with a 1-0 win over <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Portsmouth in overtime. After a tough defensive battle, Jon Chiaradio scored the winning goal 2 minutes into the first overtime. The Tornadoes played great team defense and possessed the ball throughout the game; the boys were turned away many times before finally breaking through in overtime. Sean Gorman played well in goal and recorded the shutout. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Having won the Superliga Championship, the Tornadoes were hoping for a repeat of their Under-12 season in which they were both Superliga and RI Cup Champs. In the RI Cup semifinal on June 27th, the Tornadoes were able to avenge their only loss of the season with a decisive 4-0 win over Middletown. The boys controlled the possession throughout the game. Jon Chiaradio, Sheamus ORourke, Colin McCarty and Evan Byron scored goals for the winners. Another great defensive performance stymied Middletowns efforts.
In the Championship game on June 28th, the Tornadoes again played Portsmouth. The game was a back and forth battle, neither team being able to break through the others defense. The game went through regulation and overtime without either team scoring. The game was decided by penalty kicks and won by the Tornadoes 3-2. Matt Murano, Sheamus ORourke and Tim Lee scored for the winners. Sean Gorman had another stellar game in goal and saved the last penalty kick to preserve the win.
I want to thank the players for a great effort all season. I would also thank Peter ORourke and Eric Eisendrath for all their help during the season.
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