The Toll Gate boys soccer team cruised past Paul Cuffee 8-0 on Monday afternoon at Warwick Vets, pushing its win streak to four games.
The Titans offense rolled with four goals in each half, which gave the Toll Gate bench an opportunity to hit the field for significant minutes.
James Caruso led the way with a pair of goals for the Titans while Casey Darcy, Jovanny Costa, Sam French, Nick DaCosta, Evan Burr and Dante Faria all scored one each. Darcy, French, Burr, Dylan Barlow, Caden Haley, Liam Hart and DJ Barry all added assists in the win, while Toll Gate keeper Jayden Pereira recorded three saves in net.
Paul Cuffee goalie Felix Dicio racked up 12 saves in net.
“What was good was that my bench guys got substantial minutes today, pretty much everyone played an entire half. Our guys got a lot of touches and it was good to work on a few things and to get a few things going with three really tough games coming up before the playoffs,” said Toll Gate coach Mike Kenney after the win.
Kenney believes that his team has the talent to make a deep playoff run, but the key will be staying focused and finishing the regular season strong.
“Our defense has been playing really well. Josh Costello and his crew have played great back there, Pereira is one of the best goalies in the league, we have a lot of talent throughout our lineup,” said Kenney. “They’re playing well, they’re moving the ball good, but an issue that we are having is that we are playing to the competition. We have Woonsocket who is very dangerous then Scituate, then Middletown, and those games can go either way. As long as we are playing our game, then the rest will take care of itself.”
With three games remaining on the schedule, the Titans have a chance to climb the standings in time for the postseason. Toll Gate would likely have to win each of its final contests to secure a top-3 finish and home field advantage in the opening round.
“We are looking for a top-4 finish. We would like to be in the top-3, it would help if someone could do us a favor and knock Pilgrim off, but we are looking for top-4,” said Kenney. “If we do our job then we should be able to do that, as long as we can keep our heads on straight and play the way we want to play.”
The Titans played Woonsocket on Wednesday evening, but the results were not available at press time.