Chariho senior collapses on soccer field, dies

Photo Courtesy: The Westerly Sun

A Rhode Island community is mourning a local soccer star.

Maddie Potts, captain of the Chariho girls' soccer team, collapsed on the field during a soccer game Saturday night.

According to the Westerly Sun, she was taken to Hasbro Children's Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

The superintendent told The Westerly Sun that Potts died from a brain aneurysm while taking a penalty kick.

Potts was a senior in the Chariho Regional High School and a resident of Richmond.

"Maddie represented the very best of our school as an artist, an athlete, a classmate, a teammate and a friend. Counselors are available in the library for students who need support and in the Maker Space for faculty and staff who need support. We all grieve differently, but we encourage you to remember Maddie as a bright light in Chariho, and share stories that speak to the meaningful impact she had on our community. We will work together with students to pay tribute to her life and the positive presence she was in our school," the principal of the high school said in a statement.

Potts, 17, played on the soccer and the lacrosse teams.

The Chariho Youth Soccer Association said on Facebook that a candlelight vigil will be held Monday night.

Participants should bring a candle to the Chariho High School soccer field at 6:30 p.m. The vigil will begin at 7 p.m.

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