WARWICK – The Exeter-West Greenwich girls soccer team played its worst start to a match all season Tuesday against Pilgrim.
How can you be sure?
The Knights were losing.
For the first time all season, EWG was behind on the scoreboard but the two-goal deficit was exactly what it needed to wake up as the Knights dominated the rest of the way thanks to three second-half goals – two by Kara Shaw – in a 4-2 win Tuesday, a much different game than the first time the two teams met.
“We were expecting to play the same team we did at our school,” said Shaw, referencing EWG’s 6-1 win over the Patriots on Sept. 22. “We weren’t really prepared [Tuesday]. They got a lot better over the season and we weren’t prepared to step it up.”
“At the beginning they wanted it more. You get up every game and we’ve been fortunate this year to be undefeated, but it’s hard to get up and get up,” EWG captain Lexi Clements said. “This was a wakeup call for us, which I’m really glad about because I’ve always said I’d rather have a tough game now than a tough game in the finals or semifinals or anything in the playoffs.
“It was a little scary, but I have to give it to Pilgrim; they played hard and they’re a really tough team.”
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