NARRAGANSETT — The Narragansett High School girls soccer team cruised past Central Falls 7-0 on Monday afternoon in another Division III game that was a little too easy.
The league features some strength at the top of the standings but a deeper group of teams that really struggle. The Mariners improved to 7-2-2, with four of the wins by six goals or more. While they welcome the victories, they know that to end up in the top tier, they’ve got to keep getting better.
“It’s tough in this division because I think they’ve gotten a little bit complacent,” Narragansett head coach Kathryn Mahoney said. “And they can be like that and still win games. I think they’re starting to learn that you truly need to come in and play your game every time. But it’s hard, especially with a younger team. I think the last few games, we’ve stepped it up a lot. Classical, we lost but we played well and it looked more like it did at the beginning of the season.”
Narragansett started the season with three wins and a tie in its first four games. Tiverton handed the Mariners their first loss in a rematch of last year’s D-III championship game. Narragansett also picked up victories over Providence Country Day, Woonsocket and Central, while earning a tie with Blackstone Valley Prep. Classical, which leads the league with a 12-0 record, sent the Mariners to their second loss last week in a 3-0 decision.
Central Falls came into Monday’s game with a 2-6-1 record, and the Mariners dominated the action from the start. A flurry of chances in the first three minutes yielded nothing, but Narragansett broke through in the eighth minute when Anna Lubic slipped a short pass to Anna Hart for a goal.
It was the start of a big day for Hart. The freshman scored the next two goals for the Mariners for a hat trick just 18 minutes into the game. Her second and third tallies both came off scrambles in the box.
“What I liked about her goals was that they were hustle goals,” Mahoney said. “We’ve talked about that a lot as a team – right place, right time, following shots up, staying with the play. I think that’s promising, especially for a younger player to be doing that. She’s got a lot of heart, no pun intended. She’s only going to develop from here.”
Lubic made it 4-0 in the 20th minute, and Narragansett added three goals after halftime. Chloe Edmonds, Ellyana Mitchell and Lucia Given did the honors, with Given trading her goalie jersey for a regular uniform, running on as a field player and scoring.
While the big offensive day was nice, Mahoney wants to see better soccer on the way to the net, with an eye on what’s necessary against the top teams.
“Offensively, you need more creativity,” she said. “You’re not going to score goals the way you’re used to, you’re not going to score as easily. You have to decrease the number of touches, you have to possess the ball more. Those are the things, regardless of the teams we play, that I’m trying to instill in them.”
A challenge awaits Friday when the Mariners host Cranston East, who is 9-2.