Lewis Mills earns second straight BL boys soccer title
BURLINGTON - The Lewis Mills Boys Soccer team wrapped up its second straight Berkshire League title with a 0-0 tie with Housatonic Regional on Wednesday afternoon at Lewis Mills High School.
The Spartans 11-0-5 edged Nonnewaug (12-2-2) on points to win the title. Mills also has a higher winning percentage (.844-.812) and won the season series 1-0-1.
Essentially the title came down to a pair of games, Lewis Mills' 2-1 overtime victory over Nonnewaug in Woodbury on Oct. 18 and Nonnewaug's inexplicable 2-1 loss at Thomaston (4-10-2) last Friday. The Golden Bears' victory over the Chiefs has to rank as the upset of the season in the BL. Thomaston lost its two games to Lewis Mills by a combined score of 16-0 and lost the first meeting with Nonnewaug 7-1.
That upset put Mills back in the driver’s seat once again after the Spartans followed up their win in Woodbury with a scoreless tie at Northwestern before beating Litchfield and Wamogo.
The Spartans were once again held scoreless Wednesday but they also kept the Mountaineers from scoring and that was enough to earn their first back-to-back BL titles since 2000-01.
"It's a great accomplishment for our team," Lewis Mills coach Ben Kulas said. "Our first goal this season was to win the league and we did that."
Now Kulas and the Spartans can turn their attention to the Class M state tournament. Mills is one of two teams in Class M without a loss (defending champ Suffield is 16-0) and projects to be the third seed when the bracket is released Friday. Last season the Spartans went 14-2 in the regular season and advanced to the Class M semifinals before losing to top seeded Bacon Academy on penalty kicks (4-3).
"I would have liked to see us play better against Housatonic but we have a few days to work on things and we did win the league and we should be proud of that," Kulas said. "Now our goal is to try and advance to the state quarters, if we get there anything can happen."