Bristol Cyclones Defend Their Warwick Tournament Championship
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Written by: Kris Larson
Thursday, February 28, 2008
The Cyclones returned to Warwick on President’s Day to defend their tournament championship and once again brought home the hardware.
Eager to return to competition at Teamworks’ Warwick facility, the club was immediately hit with a strong challenge. Facing a hungry North Providence team, the Cyclones found themselves down 3-0 quickly in the game and were held scoreless through six minutes. It was a very unfamiliar situation for the squad and they were soon to realize that North Providence wanted revenge for the two losses inflicted upon them in the Christmas Tournament. After making a couple of tactical changes, the team was able to rebound to tie the score at 5-5 by the end of the game.
After the game, Bristol parents were seen clutching their chests and looking for defibrillators. Their exasperation was best summed up by Gina Varrichione who said, “Listen here, I’ve got something like five kids or something like that. I can’t handle the pressure of this crazy soccer team anymore. I’m better off staying home and doing twelve loads of laundry everyday and cooking a delicious meal for my honey Lou. It’s a lot of work being a super-mom.”
The second game of the day pitted the still shocked Cyclones against Cranston. Again the Cyclones were backed against the wall and found themselves losing within the first two minutes. Coach Kris calmly and patiently explained to the girls the foundation of the sport and that they need to just have fun. “You cute little girls don’t have to win. As long as you’re having fun that’s all that matters,” he quietly told them on the bench. The players and coaches were then seen sitting on the bench and playing with their American Girl Dolls. Soon after, the players really took to his calm and caring ways and rallied themselves to an 8-2 win over Cranston. (His inspirational speech is currently available through Time Life Books for just $29.99.)
Game three was against the West Warwick Firefighters. Previously this year, the Cyclones prevailed over the Hosers 8-2 and 10-1. Fortunately, the Cyclones were able to repeat upon their good fortunes to extinguish the Firefighters’ flame of hope with a slim 6-2 victory. “That was really cool to see the girls play well,” said Sarah Klein. “After last Saturday’s game against that jerk of a coach, I can see why the girls want to keep on winning. That coach was real dreamy to look at but I hear his daughter isn’t even speaking to him.”
The finals found the Cyclones once again squaring off against North Providence. After Bristol’s early 1-0 lead was posted on the board, the two teams were pitted in a back and forth battle that was tied at three different times. Like the Christmas Tournament, the Cyclones waited until the last 1:37 to really put their offensive talents to work and scored two goals during that time. Ultimately, the Cyclones prevailed 5-3.
After the game, Georgina Lombardo was very excited. “Yeah, I know it’s only a game,” she said. “I used to say that last year when they were losing.”
The Cyclones take to the pitch on Saturday for their second game at 5pm versus Westport.
Statistics for the day:
Kerrie “Red Shoes” Larson- 2 goals, 6 assists
Abi “Cartwheels” Lombardo- 4 goals, 3 assists
Georgia “Jo-Jo” Teixeira- 5 goals, 3 assists
Haley “The goalie with a spine like a slinky” Correia- 1 goal, 2 assists
Jenna “I got your number 8-6-7-5-3-0-9” Cimbron- 1 goal
Michaela “Never Stop” Carvahlo- 1 goal, 1 assist
Olivia “Way to Go” Rego- 1 assist
Rayna “go 100 mph” Medeiros- 3 goals, 1 assist
Sarina “I smell like a girl, but play like a boy” Olson- 6 goals, 2 assists
Sarah Jane “I don’t tell my father anything” Klein- 1 assist, 942 attempts
Sarah “I can play soccer and cheer” Varrichione- 1 assist
Sawyer “Saucer” Levesque- 1 goal, 1 assist
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