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Berry, Murdick Named Class M All-State

Palladino: Great Run Ends Too Soon

Photos: Class M Semifinals

The Final Word

No matter how you look at it the Lewis Mills girls soccer team enjoyed a fantastic season.

The Spartans finished the regular season undefeated at 16-0-0. They won the Berkshire League title outright. They were ranked No. 1 in Class M. They won two state tournament games including a thrilling overtime win against Bethel at home in the quarterfinals.

And they went to the limit with East Catholic in the semfinals before dropping a “kick here or kick there” overtime game, 2-1.

Spartans Swarm Into Quarterfinals

The top-ranked Lewis Mills High girls soccer team got the tournament monkey of its back with a 2-0 victory over No. 16 Sheehan on Wednesday.

"At Mills, we always have so much pressure to win our first tournament game," coach Dennis Fowler said. "We felt it in the first half, but we got composed and really played well in the second half to earn the win."

After a scoreless first half, Mills dominated the second, outshooting Sheehan, 12-2. Junior Ailene Berry ripped a rocket from 25 yards out at 61:12 that Sheehan goalie Joelle MarkAnthony could not handle. Freshman Alyssa Wrabel was there to pounce on the rebound and put it in the back of the net for her 13th goal of the year.
Berry iced the game at 77:04. After receiving a pass from junior Jenny Merrit, Berry used her speed to weave through a crowd and blast her 18th goal of the year into the lower left corner.

Mel Senk made two saves for Lewis Mills (17-0-0). MarkAnthony and Kaitlin Lagase made 14 saves for Sheehan (10-5-3).

Mills Ready For Tough Tourney Path

No team represents the difficulty ahead more than Lewis Mills girls soccer – in both the pursuit and the path to get here.

The Spartans have been the scourge of the Berkshire League since its start in 1985, claiming 22 titles in 29 years, including this one.

They have qualified for every state tournament since Hal Linden started the team in 1981.

Now, for the second year in a row, the Mills girls are undefeated (16-0) and ranked No. 1 in Class M.


Freshmen Alyssa Wrabel had a hat trick and junior Ailene Berry had a goal and an assist as Lewis Mills finished off a perfect, 16-0 regular season with a convincing 4-2 win at second-place Housatonic.

"I don't care what league or conference or level you play at. Going undefeated for 16 games is a difficult task," Mills coach Dennis Fowler said. "We know we'll eventually be judged by what we do in the state tournament, but we're going to celebrate for a couple days."

The Spartans came out of the gates on fire, scoring all four of their goals in the first 30 minutes of the game before the rain started to pour. Wrabel scored at 12:49, 22:34 and 25:35. Berry drilled her 17th goal of the year over Housy goalie Molly Dowd at 30:22 for the 4-0 lead.

"It was one of our best halves of the year. We came out and played aggressive, physical soccer across the field," Fowler said. "And I can't say enough about my center midfielder Maddie Murdick. She really took Lauren (Segella) out of the game for the first 30 minutes by man-marking her. That was a huge factor."

But Housatonic's star forward tapped in her 43rd goal of the year at 31:45 after goalie Mills' Mel Senk (4 saves) couldn't hold on to a long shot. Segella would score her 44th goal of the year at 72:04 off a direct kick.

Senior Morgan Baker and junior Jenny Merrit had assists for Mills, which at 16-0-0, is the only unbeaten and untied girls soccer team in the state.

"I'm very proud of this team," Fowler said. "Most of these girls started the year with very little to no varsity experience. They worked hard and earned everything that we have won. But they are hungry. They want more."

CGSCA POLL: Spartans Ranked No. 2 in State

Goal Zone: Spartans Win Title Outright


Alyssa Wrabel netted two goals as visiting Lewis Mills clinched outright possession of the BL title for the third consecutive year with a 4-2 victory over Northwestern on Monday.

Ailene Berry added a goal and an assist, and Morgan Baker also scored for the Spartans (15-0). Ashley Doyle and Cally Roy had an assist apiece while Mel Senk and Lauren McCard combined to make four saves.

Kaitlyn Solak scored twice for the Highlanders (5-7-3), and Marissa Swartley had an assist. Gina Weingart made 18 saves.

LTN - Highlights of All 3 Mills Goals!

Goal Zone: A Share of 23rd Title


Rachel Lord netted a goal 11:35 into the game as Lewis Mills earned at least a share of its 23rd Berkshire League championship with a 3-0 victory over Shepaug on Friday at Nassahegan Field in Burlington.

"This is a team that, all year, has wanted to prove that they are part of the Lewis Mills championship tradition," said Mills coach Dennis Fowler.

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Goal Zone Video - MGSC A Step Closer

Mills Dominates Nonny, 3-0

Lewis Mills took a huge step towards another Berkshire League title with a hard-fought 3-0 victory at Nonnewaug.

Rachel Lord scored twice and Chloe Waldron had a goal and an assist to lead the Spartans, who are now 13-0-0. Madison Hoyt and Morgan Baker also had assists, while Mel Senk got the win by making seven saves.

Nonnewaug (9-2-2), whose only two losses have come against Mills, got 22 saves from Sarah Shivera.

Lewis Mills can clinch its 23rd BL Championship on Friday night at Nassahegan Field with a win over Shepaug.

MGSC Beats Gilbert, Now 11-0

Goal Zone: NW ties Nonny, 2-2

LCS: Mills Ready For Stretch Run


Lewis Mills, the only untied and unbeaten girls soccer team in the state, has received two first-place votes in the latest CGSCA ClassM/S State Poll.

While Suffield still sits at No. 1 despite a 2-2 tie with Class L power Avon, Mills (9-0-0) had only one game last week, in a 7-0 blowout of Terryville.

The Spartans return to action this week with three games.

Video Highlights: MGSC Beats NW, 4-1

Solid Spartans Move to 8-0

Ailene Berry had two goals and an assist to lead Lewis Mills to a 4-1 win against Northwest.

Alyssa Wrabel added a goal and assist. Rachel Lord added a goal while Maddie Murdick, Alessandra Santacroce and Morgan Baker had assists for Mills (8-0).

Kaitlyn Solak scored for Northwest (3-3-2). Gina Weingart was spectacular in goal for Northwest, making 23 saves.

Lauren McCard and Mel Senk combined for 4 saves for the Spartans.

Goal Zone - Nonny knocks off Housy, 3-2

State Coaches Poll: Mills Girls #3, Mills Boys #1

Class M Rankings

Mills No. 1 in Class M After HK Loss

Lewis Mills had eight different scorers in an easy 8-0 victory over Thomaston on Tuesday afternoon.

But the big news of the day was that Haddam Killingworth, the other unbeaten Class M team from the Shoreline Conference, was stunned in a 1-0 loss at Old Saybrook. The Spartans are now all alone at the top of the Class M rankings at 7-0.

Taylor LeBel, Lindsey Viets, Cally Roy, Jenny Merritt, Alyssa Wrabel, Morgan Baker, Brenna Jacques and Haley Pilkington scored for the Spartans (7-0) against Thomaston.

Mel Senk and Lauren McCard combined for 2 saves for Mills. Camryn Capaldo, Sam Brostek, and Sara Levasseur made 18 combined saves for Thomaston (0-6-1).

Palladino: Spartans Flex Muscles

Goal Zone Video: Mills Rolls On

Spartans Shine in Showdown

In a match of the last two unbeaten teams in the Berkshire League, Lewis Mills battled past Housatonic, 5-2, behind a solid defense and a quick-strike offense.

Mills junior center midfielder Maddie Murdick was the difference. She man-marked the top scorer in the state, Housy so. Lauren Segella (20 goals in 5 games) and took her out of the game. By the time Segella broke through at 71:19, the Spartans had a 4-0 lead.

"Maddie was outstanding tonight," Mills coach Dennis Fowler said. "She followed the game plan perfectly and completely took Lauren - a real elite talent - out of her game."

Video: Mills Beats Shepaug, 3-2

Another Look at 5-0 Housy

Spartans Scrap For 3-2 Win

After a 3-2 win at Shepaug on Tuesday, Mills is 5-0. Even though Mills dominated statistically (18 shots to two), Shepaug made it a battle. In fact, less than 15 minutes into the second half, Caroline Kelly scored the second of her two goals to knot the game at 2-2.

With 17 minutes left, though, senior Rachel Lord booted home the game-winner.

"It's a great win," said coach Dennis Fowler, who got first-half goals from Alessandra Santacroce and Cally Roy. "We faced adversity, and to respond the way we did is a real positive."

Ailene Berry Earns Athlete of The Week

MGSC Makes Move Up Poll

Lewis Mills' convincing 5-1 win over BL rival Nonnewaug moved the Lady Spartans up two spots in the Connecticut Girls Soccer Coaches Poll.

Mills, who debuted last week at No. 5, jumped to No. 3 with 77 points from nine coaches. Suffield and Haddam Killingworth are the top two teams in the latest Class M/S Poll.

Connecticut Girls Soccer Coaches Poll

Rep-Am: Housy Legit BL Contender
Berkshire League Standings


Lewis Mills earned a huge early-season victory, handling arch-rival Nonnewaug 5-1 under the lights of Nassahegan Field.

Junior Ailene Berry lead the way with three goals, while senior Morgan Baker and freshmen Alyssa Wrabel added one each. Wrabel, junior Maddie Murdick and senior Rachel Lord had assists.

The Spartans (4-0) had what looked like a comfortable 2-0 lead late in the first half before the Chiefs' Molly Humphreys scored on a counter-attack with 2 minutes left in the first frame to make it interesting. But Berry scored two goals in the first nine minutes of the second half to put the game away. Wrabel would score her first-career goal on crafty cutback in the box at 56:05 for the final margin.

Mills Dominates Litchfield, 8-0

PLUMB HILL FIELD - The Lewis Mills girls soccer team rolled to its third-straight win, dominating Litchfield 8-0 Tuesday afternoon.

Freshman Chloe Waldron had two goals to lead the Spartans (3-0), while juniors Maddie Murdick and Ailene Berry had a goal and two assists each. Junior Lindsey Viets, junior Jenny Merritt, senior Rachel Lord and sophomore Amanda Smith also scored.

Junior Ashley Doyle added two assists while junior Alessandra Santacroce and sophomore Cally Roy also had assists. Mills has outscored its first three opponents 22-0.

Freshman Lauren McCard and sophomore Melanie Senk each made a save in goal for the win. Sophie McDonald made 9 saves for Litchfield (0-3).

State Coaches Poll: Mills Ranked No. 5

Berkshire League Standings

CGSCA POLL: Mills Ranked No. 2 In State

NW Ties Nonny, 0-0

Spartans Stomp Wamogo, 6-0

Freshman Chloe Waldron had three goals, junior Ailene Berry had two goals and two assists and freshman Alyssa Wrabel had three assists to lead Lewis Mills to a 6-0 victory over Wamogo.

Junior Alessandra Santacroce chipped in with a goal and junior Taylor LeBel had an assist for the Spartans (2-0).

Freshman Lauren McCard made two saves in goal for the win. Kya Young made 18 saves for Wamogo (0-2).

Mills Easily Wins Opener, 8-0

2014 Season Preview

Are the Spartans Rebuilding?

Lewis Mills is coming off a dominating Berkshire League regular season, where it went 16-0. But Mills was stunned in the Class M second round when it lost 3-1 to #16 Weston. This year's team will be in a rebuilding mode, as it must replace 13 seniors, including 10 starters.

There is reason for optimism, however, because this is Lewis Mills, a program with 22 BL Titles in 27 seasons. There is talent everywhere on the field, who have a little bit of everything – size, speed and talent. The only thing lacking is – varsity experience.

Welcome Back, Coach

Rep-Am BL Girls Preview

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Mills Wins Preseason Opener

The Lewis Mills girls soccer team opened the 2014 preseason schedule with a 3-0 victory at St. Paul on a hot, humid Tuesday afternoon.

Sophomore Amanda Smith scored in the first half, while the freshmen duo of Alyssa Wrabel and Chloe Waldron each scored in the second half.

"It was very tough out there with the heat," Mills coach Dennis Fowler said. "But the girls battled and got the win. We had a ton of opportunities ... we just couldn't finish in the box. We'll get there. The season is early. There are many talented pieces on the team. Preseason is all about getting them to work well together."