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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 09-11-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | SEPTEMBER 11-17, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 13 was Tiago DaCosta. "Our offense is talented, returning Juan and Roy, two elite players in the state," Silva said. "They've been great all offseason." A new addition to the team, but in no way new to soccer, is Blackstone Valley Prep transfer Patrick Pires, who was a standout for the Pride last year. The senior does have to sit out half the season to fulfill his transfer requirements. While last year's team had veter- ans, experience, and depth through- out its lineup, Silva said this season's squad is much younger, less experi- enced, and lacking the depth it had last season. "Last year, the team was hungry and wanted it more," Silva said. "I don't know about this year yet, but we are in a good spot." Two returning players that Silva hopes will make a difference are juniors Aliou Sissoko, who scored the game-winning goal with six seconds left in regulation in the Tigers' 1-0 win over La Salle in the state finals, and David Torres. Silva said that Sissoko and Torres will be the key guys in the middle of the field this year, and he said they are both talented and hopes they can step up even more. Junior Nelton Semedo is supposed to return in goal at some point this year, but he had meniscus surgery on his knee over the summer and will start practicing this week. The back- up, who is starting at the moment, is Colombia native Santiago Rocha. Rocha, a junior, made 14 saves in the Tigers' season opener last Wednesday night against North Kingstown at Narragansett High's field, but the Skippers were able to come away with a 2-1 victory. Three nights later, the Tigers suf- fered another loss on the road, this time falling to Portsmouth, 3-0. With last year still fresh in many minds, Silva said his team definitely has a target on its back. He high- lighted La Salle as the top team to watch out for, and he added North Kingstown and Central Falls to his list of "teams to beat" in the league. "Our goal is to make the playoffs," Silva said. "We want to try to get our- selves in a situation to play in a game that means something at the end of the season." Silva said that he is hoping for a good season and his players to stay healthy, as well as seeing if his younger guys can step up and do whatever it takes to win. On Tuesday night, the Tigers vis- ited Classical, and on Friday at 7 p.m., they will host La Salle in the home opener at the McKinnon-Alves Soccer Complex. TOLMAN From Page 11 each day and make sure his play- ers know they are going to have to work to get back to the championship match, even though they expect to be back there, as does the school, he said. He added that there is always room for improvement. "The goal always for me is to com- pete for a championship," he said. Being a newcomer to Division III girls' volleyball, Linhares said he does not know much about the teams in the league, but he said his team will have to watch out for Rogers, the reigning D-III champion, as well as Narragansett and Central. The Saints will host Rogers on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. To prepare for the season, Linhares had his team compete in a jamboree, and the Saints played some of the top teams in Massachusetts and were able to take what they did there and use it in last week's win over the Kilties, Linhares said. He added that their serve/receive needs to get better. "My message to the girls is that we aren't in November or the state cham- pionship," he said. "September can be frustrating. We will make mistakes and be out of place, but it's a chance to reset the season. We will see first-time leaders on the court and will continue to work hard." He continued, "I make practices very difficult, and we always work on something that is uncomfortable. We will take it one day at a time." From preceding page ture a five-course chicken dinner, are $30. The club will host its final event of the 2019-20 school year, the Annual Awards Night, on April 8, 2020, and it will pay tribute to the outstanding players, coaches, and officials from the previous fall season. This is another prime rib night, with tickets priced at $40. The Player and Coach of the Year will be announced, as well as the top players from each division in the RIIL. And thanks to a highly suc- cessful inaugural golf tournament, the club also hopes to initiate its first awarded scholarship pro- gram to deserving high school seniors going on to college. The club also hopes to add a "Home State Hero" Award to go with its "Pride of Rhode Island" Award. The "Home State Hero" Award will go to a former Rhode Island high school player who has stayed within the state and stood out at one of the four football playing colleges in R.I., while the "Pride of Rhode Island" Award will be presented to a player who has gone to an out-of-state institution and done Rhode Island proud. GRIDIRON CLUB From Page 11 9 Powder Hill Road (Off Rt. 123) Lincoln, RI 401-728-5903 www.RhodyRug.com Open Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. VISIT OUR FACTORY OUTLET STORE!

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