There is no greater joy in soccer than scoring a goal, but for three men that attended high school in Warwick, delivering the key pass that leads to the score has proven to be a fine substitute for the real thing.
Hendricken product Kenny Charron has notched a pair of helpers for Regis College, none more important than the assist that set up the game-winning goal in the Pride’s 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Albertus Magnus on Sept. 9.
The sophomore forward delivered a through ball to Marek Kotecki with just over three minutes remaining to put the Regis eleven over the top on the day.
Charron has made eight appearances for the Pride so far in 2013, but none since a Sept. 21 loss to Elms that saw Regis on the short end of a 3-0 decision.
Pilgrim graduate Josh Demers is heading down the home stretch of his collegiate career at Clark and has contributed two assists to date.
His most recent set-up came five minutes into the Cougars’ Oct. 2 match against the University of New England, which saw Clark emerge on top via a 3-2 score.
Two minutes later, Demers had a golden opportunity to score his first goal of the season, but failed to convert from the penalty spot.
Prior to the season, the former Patriot midfielder was selected as one of the team’s four captains, a clear vote of confidence in Demers’ leadership abilities.
Connor Bolton (Hendricken), like Charron and Demers, also has two assists on the season, doing his bit in Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s recent run of good form.
The Engineers have won seven of their last eight matches, with the only blemish coming courtesy of a 2-1 overtime loss to Wheaton on Sep. 28.
Bolton contributed to WPI’s success by setting up insurance goals in victories over Salve Regina (3-1) and Anna Maria (2-0), with the former constituting the 300th win of Engineer head coach Malcolm MacPherson’s career.
Women’s soccer alumni standing out
Lindsey Garvey has developed a flair for the dramatic, helping Emmanuel College to a pair of recent results with some late heroics.
The Warwick Vets alumna set up the tying goal in the 79th minute of the Saints’ 2-2 draw versus Johnson & Wales on Sept. 21, delivering a cross to Katelyn Fink to level the score.
Then, a week to the day, Garvey drilled home the game-winner in Emmanuel’s 2-1 win over Simmons, accepting a feed from Darcey Sullivan with just under 10 minutes remaining on the clock.
At the opposite end of the pitch, Nicole Leahey helped Wentworth to victories in their last two matches, backstopping the Leopards to wins over Western Connecticut and Curry.
The Western Connecticut encounter on Sept. 30 was a see-saw affair that saw Wentworth’s 3-0 halftime lead disappear before the Leopards righted the ship to emerge 5-4 winners.
On the other hand, the clash against Curry last Saturday was one-way traffic, as the Colonels were powerless in preventing Wentworth from scoring four second half goals in a 6-1 blowout.
Leahey, who attended Prout but is a Warwick native, has made 12 saves in four appearances for Wentworth, none bigger than her denial of a Lauren Smith shot in the dying embers of the Leopards’ 1-0 triumph over New England College on September 7.
Paras turning over a new leaf
Warwick Vets graduate Liz Paras is playing women’s lacrosse at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., but with a broken hand keeping her out of fall work-outs, she’s helping another Hornet squad this year.
Paras is out for the cross country team and is contributing in a big way. In the team’s most recent race, Paras was the top finisher in 24:20, which was good for 28th overall. The race was just the second of Paras’s new collegiate career.