CRANSTON — The old saying goes it’s difficult to beat a team three times during any given sports year, and the Providence Country Day girls’ soccer team gave credence to that …
CRANSTON — The old saying goes it’s difficult to beat a team three times during any given sports year, and the Providence Country Day girls’ soccer team gave credence to that assertion in recent weeks.
After losing to a pair of the top sides in the regular season twice in the regular season, PCD won the most important outings of the three, including for the 2022 Division IV championship Saturday, Nov. 12, at Cranston Stadium.
The Knights, who suffered 1-0 and 2-1 defeats to Rogers over the course of six days in late October just prior to the playoffs, shut out the second-seeded Vikings, 2-0, to claim the league title.
Anna Shamgochian, a junior, netted what proved the game-winning goal for PCD in the first half. The Knights’ co-captain was named the tournament most valuable player. Junior Ellie Cordischi added the other tally early in the second half.
In the semis, PCD did the same to top-seeded Johnston, avenging two regular season losses. The Knights fell to the Panthers by 4-0 and 2-1 scores earlier in the fall, but in the final four, PCD was on the right end of a 2-1 decision.
The Knights wound up as the third seed from the IV-A side of the bracket with an 11-4-1 record. Johnston was first in IV-A with a 15-1-0 record while Rogers was second with a 14-1-1 mark
PCD opened its playoff run with a 1-0 win over Blackstone Valley Prep in the quarterfinals. The Knights had beaten BVP by a 2-1 score in their lone regular season meeting.
Seniors Lilly Allcock and Vivian Vieira along with Shamgochian served as team captains.
The rest of 2022 PCD girls’ soccer roster included: Olivia Foster, Victoria Vieira, Emerson Bates, Kathryn Ford, Eleanor Karl, Vyannis Moronta, Emeline Turnbull, Eloise Wetherby, Ruby Boyaval, Elena Cordischi, Sarah Howe, Brianna Silva and Ava Soch.
Nick Riess was the head coach. Sean Garrett was the assistant. Sophomore Jordan Plante was the team manager.
The championship, as well as the appearance in the title game, was the first for the Knights since the program moved to the Rhode Island Interscholastic League in 2017.
PCD played its first four seasons in D-III. The Knights just completed their second season in D-IV.