In the end, Smithfield just wanted it more, beating East Greenwich 2-0 in the Girls Soccer D-1 semifinal game at Carcieri Field Wednesday night. Smithfield played the best game of their season - with senior Courtney Maguire scoring twice - while EG couldn’t find their footing.
The fog that hovered over the field in the first half and descended on the field in the second half seemed to seep into the Avengers’ play, causing them to miss passes, play back, and shoot wide.
For EG senior and co-captain Karen Lockhart, the loss was bitter. She and others on the team had hoped to be able to face La Salle in the final.
“It stings a lot because that was our goal for the past four years - to beat [La Salle],” she said. “It’s sad that it won’t happen; that we weren’t the ones to be able to do it.”
EG Coach Scott Douglas was subdued.
“I think we were a little too ... a little too looking forward to the final,” he said. Douglas acknowledged that Smithfield did a good job on the field. “Smithfield played well. They played well, they were hungry.”
The first half ended scoreless, with plenty of midfield action. In the second half, Smithfield took an lead early, with Maguire’s goal less than four minutes in on a pass from Angela Ragosta. For the rest of the half, Smithfield took control of the field, putting pressure on EG goalie Alex Place.
With 9:06 left in the game, Maguire took the ball down the field and drove for the goal, in a beautiful tour de force play that found home past Kaylee Sullivan at goal. The Avengers had no answer and the minutes dwindled away.
Smithfield will face perennial state champion La Salle on Sunday at noon at Rhode Island College.