Panthers settling in, tie Davies


The Johnston girls soccer team tied Davies 0-0 last week on the road to sit at 1-1-1 overall this fall and 0-1-1 in league play.
The Panthers would dominate the possession battle throughout the second half of play but were unable to find the back of the net. Johnston took on Providence Country Day just one day earlier, which fatigued the Panthers down the stretch.
“We played yesterday so we did have some tired legs out there. (Davies) was pretty quick up top. We had a long 80-minute game yesterday so I think that is what prevented us from getting it in the net during that final push,” said Johnston coach Toni Scavitti, who returns for her second season with the team.
Kaylee Poole led the Panthers with three shots on goal in the tie while Alexia DiLorenzo and Alyssa Kleinberg each added two. Senior keeper Ava Waterman finished with three saves.
The Panthers fell to PCD 1-0 the day before. Waterman had a strong outing, finishing the day with 13 saves. Johnston cruised to a 4-0 non-league win over Central Falls to open their season.
After enjoying a bounce back season last year in which they finished in first place and made the playoffs, the Panthers are looking to make another run as players such as Poole, DiLorenzo and Waterman all return.
“I’m expecting a strong senior year from Kaylee and Alexia. They are great players with great speed. We’re going to fine tune our accuracy and we’ll be good to go,” said Scavitti. “(The results) have been all over the place since we’ve been facing different caliber teams which will help us down the road. I think once we settle in we’re going to have a very good year. It’s going to be tough, but we should have a good year. It’s definitely comforting (having Waterman in net), I’m not sure what we’ll do next year when she’s gone.”
The Panthers took on Central on Tuesday night but the results were not available at press time. Johnston’s next game will be a league matchup against Rogers on Thursday night in Newport.


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