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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-20-2018

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | SEPTEMBER 20-26, 2018 SPORTS & RECREATION 27 Teams like that were very successful in Division II and that's why they're moving up. They definitely have tal- ent." Less than 24 hours later, the Clippers won their first game by top- ping Bay View, 2-1, behind first-half goals by Tziachris and Sarmento, and they had to wait 10 days before getting back into the win column with their victory over the Broncos, which saw senior Becca Cipolla and Sarmento add goals, Vieira contrib- ute multiple assists, and of course, Tziachris enjoy one of the best days of her high school career. And speaking of Tziachris' career, it's been a truly remarkable one. A four-year starter who was a freshman center back on the Clippers' squad that lost to La Salle in the 2015 state finals, Tziachris, who is an attacking midfielder, is a two-time Second-Team All-State selection who plans to con- tinue her career at a Division III col- lege after she graduates. "I think she's a top-10 player in the state," admitted Hoxsie. "I thought she was last year too. She's extremely creative, and our girls need to do a better job recognizing her creativity and kind of playing off her because the balls that she plays are beautiful. Nine out of 10 are where you want them to be." Another player quietly putting together a splendid high school career is Free, who is a two-time All-Division pick and a talented center back. Also earning All-Division honors last sea- son were Sarmento, an outside mid- fielder, Cipolla, an outside back, and sophomore Gracie Vieira, a midfielder who played center back with Free in the game against the Eagles. Most of the starters from last year's team are back in their original spots, with Paige Vieira filling in the outside midfielder role that was left open by the graduation of Renae Lacroix. Sophomore goalkeeper Juliette Vemmer took over between the pipes midway through last year and has started the Clippers' last three games, and senior holding midfielder Sydney Crowe, junior holding midfielder Gianna Sarmento, and sophomore outside back Lily Lachance are among the players who are also back in the lineup. The Clippers are back at Tucker Field on Friday, hosting Cranston West in a 6:30 p.m. matchup, and in the weeks to come, they will face South Kingstown and La Salle, as well as host Lincoln, another team that graduated just one senior, on Monday, Oct. 8. "We should have a good season, but we're definitely not where we want to be right now," said Hoxsie. "I feel that way, and the girls feel that way too. We have to figure out a way to get where we want to be, because we're not there yet." BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Above, Cumberland's PAIGE VIEIRA, right, blasts a shot past Barrington defender AUDREY GRAVELLE dur- ing last Saturday afternoon's game at Tucker Field. The Eagles scored twice in the sec- ond half to defeat the Clippers, 2-0. Left, Cumberland's BECCA CIPOLLA, #4, gets ready to throw the ball into play. CLIPPERS From Page 25 Ex-CHS star Henson cops multiple honors with SNHU harriers MANCHESTER, N.H. – Grace Henson, who graduated from Cumberland High this past spring and is a freshman on the Southern New Hampshire University women's cross country team, was recently selected as the Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. Last Saturday, Henson was the top finisher for the Penmen at the 46th annual UMass-Dartmouth Invitational in North Dartmouth, Mass. She ran the 5K course in 19:08.67 and finished 19th of 308 runners. Earlier this month, Henson took fourth place at the Philip J. Shacklette Invitational at St. Anselm College by posting a time of 19:56. She was one of three members on the squad to finish in the top ten, as the Penmen earned a second-place finish at the meet. 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