NARRAGANSETT — When you’re a squad competing for a playoff spot like the Narragansett girls soccer team, losing a game down the stretch of the regular season stings.
Losing your best offensive player and one the state’s best goal scorers, however, can be catastrophic.
The Mariners (4-4-1 Division II) dropped a 5-2 decision to Warwick Vets (8-2-0 D-II) Friday but more painful than the defeat was the loss of junior striker Chelsea Sahagain, who left the game just before halftime after colliding with a Vets player and did not return.
“She will have an MRI this week,” Narragansett coach Kathryn Mahoney said in an e-mail to The Narragansett Times Tuesday morning, “and we will have to wait for the results.”
Without their top scorer out, the Mariners were a different team in the second half as they could not keep pace with the Hurricanes in the same way in which they did in the first frame.
Narragansett took the lead 11 minutes in when Sahagian found the back of the net but the Hurricanes quickly retaliated as Vets’ Lauren Almonte scored a few minutes later to tie the game.
Sophomore Brenna Mitchell gave the Mariners the lead back but once again Vets had the answer to knot the game at two apiece.
Then with little time remaining until halftime Sahagian collided with a Warwick Vets player, marking the beginning of the end of the Mariners chances at knocking off the Hurricanes.
Warwick Vets completely dictated the pace in the second half en route to three goals and a comfortable victory.
Despite the loss, Mahoney is focused on making sure her team improves each time it takes the field with just three games remaining in the regular season.
“There are both short and long term goals the team must reach. With games like this we take some very specific things, very positional things; spacing, marking, and tackling, to name a few,” Mahoney said.
“You go on a game by game basis and try to pinpoint and focus on an area that you need to improve. We'll move forward and We'll see.”
The Mariners were back in action Tuesday at also 4-4-2 Westerly (results unavailable at press time) and will have their next match Thursday at home at 4 p.m. when the team hosts Pilgrim (8-1-1 D-I).
Narragansett Times assistant editor Evan Crawley contributed to this report.