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Lewis Mills Fall Sports Weekly Roundup/Preview

POSTED September 24, 2013
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn


Here is a look at the week past and week ahead in Lewis Mills sports.

The Lewis Mills girls’ soccer team continues to dominate the competition as it remained perfect on the season with a pair of wins while the boys’ soccer team is looking to improve in the final third after a pair of low-scoring ties.

The Spartans volleyball team bounced back from its first loss of the season and in field hockey Mills was blanked by Nonnewaug which looks like it is again the class of the Berkshire League.

GIRLS SOCCER: Another week, another pair of routs for the Mills girls.

The Spartans blanked Wamogo, 8-0, on Monday and they followed that up with a 9-2 victory over Housy on Thursday. Bailey Pace scored four goals and added an assist against the Mountaineers while Anna Marinelli added three goals and an assist. Mallory Buyshad a goal and an assist and Emily Nepomuceno also tallied for Mills. Taylor Anderson made four saves.

"I'm pleased with the way we have started the season. We have come out with a high tempo and really tried to take control of games as quickly as possible," Mills coach Jason Stock said. "The girls are working together very well as a group and this is shown by the amount of different players who are scoring goals and having assists."

 Despite the easy wins, Mills does have some areas it can improve upon according to Stock.

"I am disappointed that we have let in three goals this season already," he said. "We will continue to work on keeping ourselves focus on the game throughout and not let mental errors creep in to ensure that we don't conceded any more sloppy goals."

THIS WEEK: Games against Gilbert (Tuesday) and Terryville/Thomaston (Friday) should result in another pair of relatively easy wins. Easy or not, Stock wants to see his Spartans stay in the game mentally for two full halves.

"I think it's due to the fact that once we get a measure for the strength of an opponent, we mentally relax a bit and that's when the odd mistake or two can creep in," he said. "Hopefully that will become less of an issue as the season progresses."

BOYS SOCCER: The Spartans had a big week last week with games against BL contenders Nonnewaug and Northwestern and while they didn't lose, they didn't win either.

Mills tied Nonnewaug, 1-1, on Tuesday and also drew with Northwestern, 0-0, on Friday. The Spartans remain unbeaten (2-0-2) but have some work to do if they are to repeat as BL champs. Nonnewaug and Northwestern only play each other once, so Mills will likely have to win out, or possibly lose once, to have a shot at another league crown.

"This past week was a tough pill for the team to swallow," Mills coach Ben Kulas said. "We played two of the top teams in the league but only came away with two points and we feel like we deserved better results in both games."

Entering the season, Kulas was a touch wary of his defense, but the back line held strong last week and now his attention has turned to an attack that managed just on goal in two overtime games.

"Our trouble has switched from defensive issues at the beginning of the pre-season to issues of scoring," Kulas said. "We feel like we held possession and had a ton of easy chances just miss. Friday night after our second straight disappointing tie the players were extremely frustrated not to get a victory."

THIS WEEK: Mills is at Litchfield on Tuesday and at Housatonic on Friday.

VOLLEYBALL: The Spartans improved to 4-0 with a 3-0 victory over Watertown last Monday before suffering their first loss of the season, 3-1, at Ellington on Wednesday. Lewis Mills bounced back with a 3-0 blanking of Terryville on the road Friday and improved to 5-1 overall.

The Spartans will get a chance at revenge when it hosts Ellington on Oct. 8

THIS WEEK: Mills has a pair of home matches against Berkshire League foes. The Spartans face Gilbert on Tuesday and Housatonic on Thursday.

FOOTBALL: The Spartans dropped to 0-2 on the season with a 35-0 loss to Avon on Saturday morning at Muzzy field.

Mills is off this week before heading to Winsted to face Gilbert/Northwestern (2-0).

"Avon was a very bad game for us and we lost a few starters due to injuries," Lewis Mills coach Jose Santana said. "We played a very bad game as far as making plays on offense and defense. We weren't able to get the ball in the in end zone and that's a big concern. We move the ball down the field and then can't convert any first downs.

"On defense we couldn't make key tackles. On several occasions we held Avon and couldn't make the tackles to stop them. We had them in 3rd and long and allowed first downs due to poor tackling. We even had them on a 4th and 4 and didn't make a tackle to stop them. We are capable of playing better and we need to find a way to recover and get better."

FIELD HOCKEY: The Spartans split a pair of games last week and are 2-2 on the season.

Lewis Mills posted a 3-2 victory over Shepaug and then lost to defending BL champion Nonnewaug, 3-0.

THIS WEEK: Mills is at Wamogo on Tuesday and at Northwestern Thursday. The Lewis Mills girl’s soccer team continues to dominate the competition as it remained perfect on the season with a pair of wins while the boy’s soccer team is looking to improve in the final third after a pair of low-scoring ties.

The Spartans volleyball team bounced back from its first loss of the season and in field hockey Mills was blanked by Nonnewaug which looks like it is again the class of the Berkshire League.

Lewis Mills posted a 3-2 victory over Shepaug and then lost to defending BL champion Nonnewaug, 3-0.

THIS WEEK: Mills is at Wamogo on Tuesday and at Northwestern Thursday.

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