The Mt. Hope High School girls’ soccer team may have posted a loss to the Smithfield Sentinels, but the loss may have been more of a mental defeat than due to a lack of skill.
Coming into the game, the Huskies’ record was 1-1-1 since moving up into Division I. The Sentinels’ 2-0-1 record may have intimidated the Mt. Hope team, an issue that Ms. Ferreira addressed between periods.
“They’re not better players than you. You have to get that out of your mind,” she told the team.
Even with the motivation, the Sentinels took advantage of Mt. Hope, scoring 5 goals against their 1.
“They ran past us, beating us to the ball,” Mr. Borges said of the Huskies’ defeat. “We made a lot of bad decisions.”
During the second period, officials suspended the play clock after Caroline Murphy went down with an injury. During a skirmish for control of the ball, Caroline fell to the ground and was visibly in pain. While being attended to by coaches and team trainer, Caroline said she rolled her ankle and heard a pop. She was taken to the hospital by rescue for further examination.
Smithfield worked efficiently on the field, communicating and creating scoring opportunities. Their five goals were scored on just seven attempts. Mt. Hope’s loss was not for a lack of trying. Although only Haley Cambrola was able to knock in the team’s single goal of the night, the Huskies made 10 attempts on Smithfield’s net.
“We knew they were going to be a tough team,” Mr. Borges said.
The Huskies will face Toll Gate High School on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at home. Toll Gate posts a record of 0-2-0 so far this season.
“We’re going to get ready,” Mr. Borges said. “We’ll work more and move forward.”
The Mt. Hope boys’ soccer team also suffered a loss on Thursday when they faced Lincoln High School at Mt. Hope. The 5-0 loss gives the team a record of 0-2-0 going into Monday’s away game against East Greenwich High School.