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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-11-2018

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CUMBERLAND – Despite get- ting off to a slow start, it took the Blackstone Valley Prep girls' soccer team less than three weeks to accom- plish what the Pride did in their first two seasons as a RIIL varsity program – match their win total. And the Pride aren't done yet. On Wednesday afternoon, BVP took a short drive to Max Read Field to contest Shea in a Division III match- up, and the Pride did so with a 5-3-2 record that had them just two points away from clinching the program's first-ever berth in the D-III playoffs. After going winless in its inaugural season and winning just three of its 13 games last year, the Pride have taken a major step forward, and they've done so with a roster than not only features its share of three-year veter- ans, but also a talented freshman class. They've also been successful under their new head coach, Matt Brown, who served as an assistant on last season's team and quickly noticed a change in this year's squad right from the opening day of workout. "The difference from last year to this year is we have that winning mentality now," Brown noted last Friday after- noon after watching his squad battle Rogers to a 1-1 draw. "We're definitely improving, but we're still not settled and satisfied. From the beginning (of the season), we set our standards high, and every day, we're working hard and trying to get there." A victory over the Raiders on Wednesday, or in their final five games of the regular season, will make the Pride the third team in the high school's brief history to qualify for the RIIL playoffs. Last winter, the girls' basketball team made the grade by winning the Division III-South regular-season title, and less than two weeks ago, the boys' soccer team qualified by netting its seventh victory of the season. "It was great to see the boys get in (the playoffs)," said Brown. "Now that they're there, that just makes us a little more hungrier to get there as well." As far as being this year's head coach, "It's a whole new experience, and it's an opportunity that I'm very grateful for," Brown added. "Coming out here and being able to coach these players is my favorite part of every single day. It's definitely a blessing." The Pride kicked off the season with a 1-2-1 mark, but they came back to rattle off four straight victories, top- ping Davies, Juanita Sanchez, Mount Pleasant, and Providence Country Day by a combined score of 21-3. And they have answered the open- ing whistle with a lineup that contains just one senior, team captain and cen- ter midfielder Charlotte Geoghegan, and as many as four freshmen on any given day. "We have six freshmen who came in and are getting a lot of playing time," said Brown. "They have been really big for us, and so have the players who have been with the program for the past few years. They have been leading by example." The goalkeeper is sophomore Toluwani Adelani, and the defense in front of her is a somewhat young unit with freshmen Gianna DaSilva and Sophia Lombardi as the center backs and junior Melissa Ortiz-Muriel and freshman Ashely Zambrano as the outside backs. Junior Elly Rourke is the Pride's defensive midfielder, and patrolling up top are juniors Sole Miranda, Victoria Jakubiak, and Rachele Segura and freshman Lucy Noris, who is also the top runner in the school's new cross CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 SPORTS & RECREATION 23 BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Blackstone Valley Prep junior SOLE MIRANDA, sec- ond from right, is surrounded by three Rogers defenders as she takes a shot on net during the second half of Friday after- noon's 1-1 tie on the Pride's campus. The Pride came into this week two points away from clinching a playoff berth. 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