Pats move to 1st

Pilgrim soccer riding 6-game win streak

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The Pilgrim boys soccer team has continued to roll this spring, getting recent wins over Paul Cuffee and later North Providence on Tuesday afternoon to improve to 9-1-1 on the season.

The Pats rolled past North Providence 8-1 on Tuesday afternoon, getting four goals in both halves.

Eric Martin and Aaron Ramos each recorded hat tricks in the win while Dan Peixinho scored a pair of goals. Ramos, Peixinho, Paulo Frias, Zach DaSilva, Ken Rix and Jacob Holland all added assists in the win. Steve Laurent and R.J. Ryan combined for 10 saves in the Pilgrim net.

The Pats had another blowout win last Thursday when they cruised past visiting Paul Cuffee 11-1.

Pilgrim had eight different goal scorers in the win. Josh Delaroca scored a trio of goals for the Pats, while Peixinho added two. Ramos, Frias, Martin, Collin Murphy, Gio Andrade and Aaron Narcavage all scored one each. Luke Gibeau, Murphy and Ramos all recorded two assists each, while Laurent and Ryan combined for nine saves.

The recent wins have propelled the Pats back into first place over teams like Scituate, Toll Gate, St. Ray’s and Exeter-West Greenwich. Although the Pats have been seemingly firing on all cylinders, coach Bill Carroll hopes to see his club develop more consistency down the stretch.

“I want them to find consistency in the way they’re playing, and games like these when we are scoring all of these goals, sometimes they don’t pull up properly, they are taking shots from bad angles, things like that. Overall I am happy and they are playing well, but we are still looking for that consistency,” said Carroll.

Carroll also hopes to see his team be pushed in the back half of its schedule and to become more battle-tested by the time the postseason rolls around.

“We take no joy in (blowout) wins. We would much rather have games like that 3-3 game against Saint Ray’s. That was a great game, it was a great test for our kids and those are the types of games that we like coaching in,” said Carroll. “We have a talented team, but sometimes it clicks and sometimes it doesn’t. We need good teamwork, with the keyword being work. We are in (first) place and I have been telling them that we need to stay in (first) place to put ourselves in the best position possible for seeding.”

Effort and attention to detail will be key for the Pats moving forward, according to Carroll.

“I remind them every day, I remind them every practice, you have to put the work in. If you put the work in at practice you will win, if you don’t, then you won’t win. You need to put in the effort and step up,” said Carroll. “All of this work that we are putting in is for the playoffs. When you get to the playoffs, you need to be doing the right things.”

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