PORTSMOUTH — Despite their loss to North Kingstown High School Thursday night, members of the Portsmouth High School varsity girls’ soccer team will have home field advantage when the playoffs start next week.
The team finished 9-4-1 in Division 1, and 10-5-2 for the season.
On Friday coach Jim Blaess said while nothing’s set in stone yet, he believes the PHS squad will host its first-round opponent — possibly Barrington — on Tuesday night, Oct. 29.
Mr. Blaess hopes to see a better performance from his players than what they displayed in their last regular season game Thursday night — a 2-0 loss against North Kingstown at home.
“There’s a lot of parity in Division 1 and you have to bring your game every single time. (North Kingstown) was certainly fired up and I think we were a little bit complacent last night. I think it was a good wake-up call for us. Hopefully our sense of urgency will be heightened next time,” said Mr. Blaess, adding that the girls did turn their game up a notch in the second half.
Heading into the playoffs, the coach said Division 1 teams are so evenly matched that any number of them could end up with the state title in the end.
LaSalle Academy is sitting in first place with an 11-0-1 record, but the Patriots played tough in a 2-0 loss against that team on Oct. 10, he said. Likewise, PHS lost by only one goal to second-place St. Mary Academy-Bay View (10-1-3) on Sept. 26.
“You look at your losses and analyze them. I look at the rest of the league and I think any one of them could take it,” said Mr. Blaess.
Check out more photos from the game below. (Joe Marcello photos)