With just five regular-season games remaining heading into Tuesday’s showdown with Bishop Brady, the Newport girls soccer team has been desperately trying to scrap up as many wins as possible in an effort to reach its goal of hosting a playoff game.
And with a 3-8 Green Giants squad in town, coach Jon Hamel was hopeful his team would chalk up another W Tuesday.
Unfortunately for the home Tigers, however, a win wasn’t in the cards as Bishop Brady netted a single tally in each half to clinch a 2-0 victory and the team’s fourth win this season.
Now, with four games left on its schedule and a 6-6 record in the books, Hamel’s time will likely need to win out to finish among the top 8 teams to host a home game. Newport showed signs of being a team capable of doing just that during yesterday’s loss, firing a handful of strong shots on Brady’s keeper. But the Tigers spent the majority of the contest in their own defensive zone, and benefited from a 10-save effort from backup goaltender Anna Pysz who made just her fourth career start in goal.
Pysz has been filling in for injured starting goaltender Mariah Chase, who’s expected to return for Saturday’s homecoming game. Newport was dealt one more blow in the contest when the team’s leading scorer in Hannah Stark went down with a knee injury, though there’s no telling yet how serious the injury may be.
The Tigers will be back in action Saturday when they host a Conant team it lost to 1-0 earlier this season.