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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-20-2018

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CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland High girls' soccer team graduated just one player from a squad full of underclassmen that returned to the state playoffs for the 10th straight season, and that's very good news for the Clippers. The bad news is that while the Clippers didn't get hit hard by gradu- ation, neither did a lot of the other Division I teams. One of those teams is Barrington, which went 5-9-2 last season, but stunned the Clippers last Saturday afternoon by scoring twice in the final 27 minutes to escape Tucker Field with a 2-0 triumph and raise their record to 3-0. The Clippers fell to 1-1-1 with the defeat, but two days later, they came back to blast D-I newcomer and last year's D-II champion Burrillville, 5-0, behind a hat trick by senior standout Emma Tziachris (that she needed 37 minutes to produce) and a superb defensive performance that limited the Broncos to just two shots. Entering Wednesday's action, the Clippers were tied for fourth place with South Kingstown. Barrington and North Kingstown (3-1-1) each had 10 points to lead the standings, and La Salle (3-0) was behind them. "I feel there's two or three teams at the top that can pull away: La Salle, South Kingstown, and Mount Hope," said Cumberland head coach John Hoxsie. "And then I think it's any- body's game. Just look at Barrington. Last year, they won five games, and they have three wins on the year already, so that's a vast improvement for them." Hoxsie talked about the league and his team after Saturday's game, which was played in hot and humid conditions and was the Clippers' first contest in eight days, no thanks to last week's inclement weather that wiped out a mid-week showdown with sixth- place Smithfield. The Clippers had a wild start to their season on Sept. 6 when they hosted another newcomer to the league, Scituate, which won the D-II title two years ago and lost to the Broncos in last season's finals. The Clippers held a 4-2 lead, thanks to goals by juniors Abby Free and Olivia Sarmento, sophomore striker Madison Durkin, and freshman Paige Vieira, but the Spartans came back in the last 15 minutes to tie the game. "I see it all the time," said Hoxsie. "I see D-II teams come up and either go 2-14 or make the semifinals. When you play those teams that come up, you never know what you're going to get. We played Barrington last year and I knew what they had with some of their (returning) players. When Scituate came to town, I didn't know what they were bringing on the field. CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | SEPTEMBER 20-26, 2018 SPORTS & RECREATION 25 BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Cumberland senior attacking midfielder EMMA TZIACHRIS, shown slipping a pass to a teammate during last Saturday afternoon's game against Barrington at Tucker Field, is back for her fourth season as a starter. Tziachris is a two-time Second-Team All-Stater. Cumberland girls prepare for another competitive season Despite 2-1-1 start to Div. I season, soccer team isn't 'where it wants to be right now' By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com See CLIPPERS, Page 27

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