Chargers cruise past Pats in battle of unbeatens

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Pilgrim couldn’t slow Chariho’s high-powered offense on Thursday afternoon, as the Chargers raced out to a 7-1 lead by halftime and cruised to an eventual 15-5 victory in a battle of Division III unbeatens at Bend Street Complex.

The Pats had some early chances in the first quarter, but couldn’t cash in, with Chargers’ goalkeeper Will Quinn coming up with a few nice stops.

Chariho then carried the pace for the final eight minutes of the opening quarter, notching three goals.

Pilgrim looked to cut into that deficit in the second quarter, but had no such luck. Chariho continued its offensive prowess, netting the next four goals, before Kyle St. Jean finally got the Pats on the board in the waning ticks of the first half, but the Chargers still held a 7-1 lead at the break.

Pilgrim got goals from Matt Pacheco and St. Jean in the third quarter, however, Chariho added seven goals of its own to hold a 14-3 advantage after 36 minutes of play.

Pats’ leading scorer Steve Pezzullo got going in the fourth quarter, scoring a pair of goals to help the Pats outscore the Chargers, 2-1, over the final 12 minutes.

Chariho produced a balanced offensive attack, led by James Foley and Will Foley, who scored four goals apiece while combining for 13 points. Zach Grassi, Alexi Fauzy and Nick Edwards scored two goals each, and Brine Wotherspoon posted a goal and three assists.

The Chargers now sit alone atop the standings at 8-0, while the Pats drop to second at 7-1.

Pilgrim was looking to get back in the win column on Monday against Providence Country Day/St. Raphael, but results were unavailable at press time. The Pats will also host East Providence at Bend Street Complex at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

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