Girls Soccer Seeks to End Season Strongly
by The Milton Measure on Friday, November 11th, 2011
Last Wednesday, the Girl’s Varsity Soccer Team played against St. George’s. Milton started the game aggressively, embracing a 4-0 lead in the first twenty-five minutes. Megan Kim( I) was the first to put the Wolfpack on the score board as she sent a low, hard driven ball from the top of the eighteen into the corner of the opponent’s net.
Niki Young (IV) served a brilliant ball into the Dragon’s box, where Kaitlin Gately (III) tapped the ball to Abby Lebovitz (II), who finished her first goal of the fall season. Milton was relentless in the attack, creating dangerous chances while retaining control. With consistent possession, the girl’s were able to set up ‘give-and-go’s’, and ‘overlaps’, two of the technicalities that were focused on during the previous practice. With an early lead, the girls’ primary goal was to increase the intensity with quick touches on the ball; the team skillfully pursued this challenge through out the entire match. Late in the second half, Jessica Li (II) had a phenomenal save, keeping the shutout win for the Mustangs.
This past Friday, the Mustang’s hit the road early for one of the most anticipated games of their soccer season against one of their stronger opponents, Governors’ Academy. Milton began the first half with calm, firm touches on the ball.
Defensively, center midfielder, Sam Curran (II), and captain, Catherine Hartigan (I) applied significant pressure on Governors’ fast forwards, who struggled to find the seams between Milton’s strong defensive line in the first twenty minutes. With many effective runs up and down the field, Chandler Quintin (III), weaving in and out of Governors’ players, protected the ball along the sidelines to take a nice shot just left of the eighteen, advancing Milton with a 1-0 lead in the first ten minutes. The Wolfpack’s passes were fluid as the girls frequently found the feet of the posting forward, and forcefully drove the ball into the opponent’s box. The second half introduced a quicker paced game, and both teams stepped up their level of play.
Both ends of the field were busy, and Jess Li was able to keep Milton in the game with tremendous saves. Late in the second half, Governors created several dangerous chances in the counter attack, drawing corner kicks, and taking shots on net. The opponent’s created chaos in front of Milton’s net, and were able to score with only twelve minutes left on the clock.
Though the match ended in a 1-1 tie, Milton fought hard until the very end, and plan on transferring this game’s energy, and hunger into their upcoming matches against top teams, Brooks and Nobles.
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