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November 2, 2013

Pentucket peaking in state tournament, beats Triton

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“They came to play,” Vikings coach Brad Smith said of the Sachems. “They were bigger, faster, stronger. They won the majority of the 50-50 play and they asserted their play. We looked like the young team, inexperienced and it showed. I think there were some nerve issues and we played to not lose for a while. That ended up coming back to hurt us because they were the aggressor for the majority of the game. Hopefully they will do well in the tournament.”

Though his team’s season ended last night, Smith was happy with the season they had completed and sees places he can build from next year.

“I couldn’t be prouder,” said Smith. “This isn’t a right, you earn this and this group really earned this. We (battled) adversity the whole year. Last year was a tough year, we only had one win, so for these guys to wipe the slate clean and battle through all the adversity that we had and the challenges (was great). It’s a young team and they’re inexperienced but the seniors did a great job of leading. They showed them how to be a team and how to work and how to be a varsity athlete.”

Pentucket will now travel to Victory Field in Watertown on Sunday afternoon to face the second-seeded Red Raiders (14-2-2).

“It’s a tough one,” Langlois said. “They were state finalists last year. I watched them play against Wilmington and they are a very good team. It’s going to be a good test for us. We’re obviously going to have some confidence built up from this, but a lot of guys got to play today too. So, that’s good that I didn’t have to put my starters in for 80 minutes. I’m happy with how we played today.”

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