On a comfortable fall night in front of an energetic throng of supporters, there was Mills coming up with another uncanny performance, handing the Mountaineers their first loss of the season, 2-1, in a battle of two of the state’s highest ranked teams and grabbing a share of their 24th BL title in the process.
It is never easy to kick the king off of the throne. In fact they should just give this throne to the Spartans since very rarely does anybody else get to share it.
Mills has won every title since 2009 this time around. Housatonic (15-1) in the midst of a superior year gets equal billing with the Spartans this year, but on this night the championship mood was with the Spartans.
Lewis Mills girls soccer team (14-1) beat Northwestern 3-1 Friday afternoon at Northwestern High School while the Highlanders (8-6-1) did everything they could to stop them.
Maddie Murdick was the ultimate difference, scoring all three goals for Mills, but Northwestern goalkeeper Gina Weingart was the ultimate difference in a 1-1 halftime score that had some Spartans hanging their heads at the break.
“Maddie was the one who stepped up and said, ‘C’mon, we can do this,’” said Mills coach Dennis Fowler. “She carried us on her back.”
BURLINGTON – Every couple weeks, Lewis Mills girls soccer coach Dennis Fowler takes a break from the regular structure of practice and tells the players to spend 20-25 minutes working on whatever they believe they need to improve individually.
“So I was watching football practice for five minutes, and I turned around to the field and looked,” Fowler said. “There are 42 girls working on skills, and there in the far distance is Alessandra (Santacroce) on the hills at Lewis Mills running hill sprints for 25 minutes."
It took that type of dedication and passion to get Santacroce back on the soccer field as a starter this season. During indoor soccer season this past December, she tore both the ACL and MCL ligaments in her left knee. She had reconstructive surgery in January.
BURLINGTON – Coming off of its first Berkshire League loss in three years, the Lewis Mills girls soccer team committed itself to playing with more teamwork, focus and energy Tuesday night against a quality Northwestern team at Nassahegan Field.
The Spartans responded with arguably their biggest win of the season, beating the Highlanders, 5-1, behind two goals apiece from Jenny Merritt and Julia Robillard and one from Alyssa Wrabel. Wrabel, Cally Roy and Chloe Waldon each contributed an assist, and keeper Laura McCard made three saves.
“I’m really happy with the response,” Mills coach Dennis Fowler said.
The Lewis Mills girls soccer team suffered its first loss of the season, losing 4-0 at Housatonic on Friday afternoon.
"That is one very talented team in Housy," Mills coach Dennis Fowler said. "But we didn't play our best. We had a hard time stringing together any passes. We had a tough time containing Lauren Segella (3 goals). And think we missed Ailene Berry more than we want to admit."
Berry, the senior All-State striker, went down hard in Thursday's practice with an apparent knee injury. She is expected to have an MRI on Monday.
Mills will try to rebound at home Tuesday night against 4-1-1 Northwest Regional.
Perennial Class M power Lewis Mills - ranked No. 1 in Week 2 of the CGSCA State Coaches Poll - is off to another outstanding start.
The Spartans are 5-0 and have outscored their opponents 31-2. Mills has even showed some grit, winning last week in Woodbury against a well-coached, veteran Nonnewaug team 2-1.
But this week is the biggest of the season so far. After returning home Tuesday night for only its second night game of the year vs. Terryville (2-3), Mills will head to Housatonic (5-0) in a battle of BL powers.
"This is the type of week that makes high school soccer so much fun to play and follow," Mills coach Dennis Fowler said. "A night game on the best soccer field in the state and then a road game against a top-notch rival."
Good luck trying to knock these guys off the top rung of the BL ladder. What are the Spartans’ strengths? How about: everything. Talent and experience abound. They will score, and they will shut you down, so that leaves you, what, not much. There is something still to be done, however: Get to a state title game.
“We lost some outstanding ‘character’ seniors, girls who were awesome leaders and people," Coach Dennis Fowler said. "But we have a great senior group that I am expecting to take over and lead this talented squad to another outstanding season.”