The scoreboard didn’t tell the whole story in Milford’s 2-0 win over visiting Schenevus in girls soccer on Monday, according to coach Chris Saggese.
“Schenevus is a very talented team,” he said. “I don’t think the score indicated how it went. It easily could have been the other way around.”
In fact, Milford held a 1-0 lead for most of the game, including a 20-minute stretch to start the second half where the Dragons were on the attack most of the time.
The Wildcats took the lead 3:49 into the game on Emilie Mertz’s goal. Addy Lawson played a throughball to the right corner that Mertz chased down. She dribbled to the side of the goal box and scored on a shot across the goal to the lower left corner.
“It was a beautiful play all around,” Saggese said. “Addy played a beautiful throughball. Emilie did a great job getting to it. She kept her composure and tucked it into the goal.”
The score stayed 1-0 for the next 60 minutes of the game. Schenevus had very few shots on goal in the first half, but started the second half strong.
The Dragons had five of their six corner kicks in the second half, but could not connect. Milford’s strong defense cleared four of them; a fifth went long and a sixth sailed the wrong way.
“They just didn’t have the ball bounce their way,” Saggese said.
Schenevus appeared to get tired after the second half, and Milford finally expanded its lead late in the half.
Fiona Brennan stole a ball from Schenevus defender Kassie Jeffers in the goal box and scored a left-footed goal to the lower left corner with 10:48 left in the game.
“That was a pure hustle goal,” Saggese said.
Milford (3-0, 2-0) played last night after deadline at Worcester, and will travel to Cherry Valley-Springfield on Friday. The Patriots are also undefeated to begin the season.
Saggese stopped short of saying that he was happy with his team’s good start or the way that they are playing to open the season.
“There are always things we can improve on,” he said.
Milford 2, Schenevus 0
Schenevus 0 0 – 2
Milford 1 1 – 0
Milford (3-0, 2-0): Emilie Mertz 1-0, Fiona Brennan 1-0, Addy Lawson 0-1.
Shots-corner kicks: S 10-6; M 16-1.
Saves: Mary Hernandez (S) 8; Rukiye Henderson (M) 7.