Emma Kucal leads Cumberland High ahead of Chariho in RIIL Women’s Football

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

The Cumberland sophomore forward is in scintillating form. More efforts like this on Tuesday night at Chariho will make her an easy All-State women’s soccer selection in consecutive seasons.

Kucal scored all for the Clippers, including a 72nd-minute insurance goal. That was enough to hold off the Chargers, 4-2, in an entertaining Division I matchup.

Kucal needed just 28 minutes to collect a hat-trick and threatened to do more on a few other occasions. The killer goal came late when she pressed Chariho’s defense and simply scooped the ball up the right wing. Kucal ran through a pair of opponents and slid one home to restore a two-goal lead.

“That one felt good,” Kucal said. “We knew we had a comfort target in case they scored again.”

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Finding the back of the net hasn’t been a problem for Cumberland so far. The Clippers (3-0) have won their three league games by a combined 15-3, scoring at least three goals in each one. They started the season with a 3-1 win over defending champions North Kingstown and quickly gained momentum.

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