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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-15-2018

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North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Edition NOVEMBER 15-21, 2018 Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ JOHNSTON – Phil Pincince had a dream. And the first-year head coach shared it with his Mount Saint Charles Academy girls' soccer team on his first day of workouts back at the end of August in the school's lower field. "I remember the first prac- tice," said goalkeeper Abby Dalpe. "He said that he had a dream that he could see us at Rhode Island College, and he went over and shook the other coach's hand and said, 'Great game.' "In that dream, we had won, and the dream came true." And did it ever. For the first time in the program's history, the Mounties captured the Division II championship by taking an edge-of-your-seat thriller with Pilgrim before a large crowd at Johnston High's Polisena Stadium. Tied at 2-2 after two 40-min- ute halves and two five-minute overtime periods, the game and the title were decided on pen- alty kicks. After the Mounties, who were making their first appearance in the finals in 20 years, struck gold on their first four shots and the Patriots missed their third, Dalpe smothered Pilgrim's fourth PK and the championship and was instantly mobbed by her team- mates just outside the penalty box. "I've enjoyed working with these young ladies," said Pincince, who had spent 39 seasons as the women's soc- cer coach at Brown University before stepping out of retire- ment to lead the Mounties. "They've been great. They've worked hard for me, and they believed. What a great sea- son. I'm so happy for them. Remember, they played; I didn't." The high-powered Patriots, who entered the match with an 18-0 record that included 13 victories by four or more goals, appeared to be on the verge of BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES The members of the MOUNT SAINT CHARLES ACADEMY GIRLS' SOCCER TEAM gather together to show off their Division II champion- ship plaque on Monday afternoon at Johnston High after posting a 3-2 victory over Pilgrim High that was decided on penalty kicks. The title was the first in the Mounties' program. Mount Saint Charles senior goalkeeper ABBY DALPE stopped 14 shots in Monday afternoon's championship game, includ- ing a big stop during the penalty-kick round that clinched the victory and the title. Dream come true: Mount wins D-II title PK victory over previously unbeaten Pilgrim caps girls' soccer team's magical run through playoffs By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com See CHAMPIONS, Page 17

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