PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - A fight broke out on the soccer field between players at a highschool game in Providence Sunday night, and moments later, fans inthe stands were coming to blows too.
Four girls high school soccer state championship games were atRhode Island College Sunday. In the fourth game, Tolman vs.Woonsocket, the Woonsocket Villa Novans had a 5-0 lead.
With a minute left in the game, tempers started to flare. Invideo captured by Eyewitness News, Woonsocket's Kristen Cahillbumped into the Tolman Tigers' Maria Lopera, followed by pushingand shoving, and then punches were thrown. Other players joined thefray, along with referees trying to stop the tussle.
There was even some hair-pulling, which harkens back to Thursday night's incident in New Mexico, whereUniversity of New Mexico junior defender Elizabeth Lambert yankedthe ponytail of BYU player Kassidy Shumway. Lambert is nowsuspended indefinitely for her actions, and issued an apology thisweekend.
The Providence game was halted with a minute left on the clockto finish untangling the brawl.
"Frustrations are frustrations," said Woonsocket soccer coachKathleen Fagnant. "[Tolman was ] down five-nothing. We're bothphysical teams, and you can only take so much; at a certain point,someone snapped."
Fagnant admitted things just got out of control.
"I know I pride myself and my girls on sportsmanship. And not toput a blame on anybody, it could be us too, we could have beengoing back and forth," she said. "We had the advantage, and we hadgood spirits, so I'm not going to take the fall for that."
Later, when the awards ceremony was going on, a fight broke outin the stands between Tolman and Woonsocket fans.
There's no word of any arrests, or serious injuries, though oneof the soccer players in the field fight suffered a black eye.
Director of Rhode Island's Interscholastic League Tom Mezzanotedidn't issue a comment Sunday night.
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