Emma Kucal leads Cumberland High over Chariho in RIIL women’s football

RICHMOND — Emma Kucal certainly didn’t take long to pick up where she left off.

Cumberland’s second striker is in great shape. More efforts like this Tuesday night at Chariho will make her an easy All-State women’s soccer selection in consecutive seasons.

Kucal scored all the goals for the Clippers, including a safe goal in the 72nd minute. That was enough to hold the Chargers 4-2 in a fun First Division showdown.

Kucal needed just 28 minutes to score a hat-trick and threatened more on a few other occasions. The decisive goal came late as she put pressure on Chariho’s defense and simply took the ball off the right wing. Kucal got past a couple of opponents and scored a goal to restore a two-goal lead.

“That was good,” Kucal said. “We knew we had a comfort goal if they scored again.”

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Cumberland's Emma Kucal, right, shown last season in a game against Smithfield, scored four times for the Clippers on Tuesday night.

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Finding the bottom of the net has not been a problem for Cumberland so far. The Clippers (3-0) won all three league games 15-3 combined, scoring at least three goals in each. They started the season with a 3-1 win over defending champions North Kingstown and quickly gained momentum.

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