WARWICK â€“ 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 â€“ two by Kara Shaw â€“ in a 4-2 win Tuesday, a much different game than the first time the two teams met.
â€śWe were expecting to play the same team we did at our school,â€ť said Shaw, referencing EWGâ€™s 6-1 win over the Patriots on Sept. 22. â€śWe werenâ€™t really prepared [Tuesday]. They got a lot better over the season and we werenâ€™t prepared to step it up.â€ť
â€śAt the beginning they wanted it more. You get up every game and weâ€™ve been fortunate this year to be undefeated, but itâ€™s hard to get up and get up,â€ť EWG captain Lexi Clements said. â€śThis was a wakeup call for us, which Iâ€™m really glad about because Iâ€™ve always said Iâ€™d rather have a tough game now than a tough game in the finals or semifinals or anything in the playoffs.
â€śIt was a little scary, but I have to give it to Pilgrim; they played hard and theyâ€™re a really tough team.â€ť
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