Mills girls beat Housatonic, 5-2 in soccer. Sent by Dennis Fowler.
BURLINGTON. 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, Housatonic sophomore 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."
The Mills offense was firing on all cylinders from the start. Junior Ailene Berry scored on a breakaway 11:47 into the game off an assist from senior Haley Pilkington.
The lead was pushed to 2-0 when senior Rachel Lord dribbled through the off-sides trap and blasted a shot at the Mountaineers freshmen keeper Molly Dowd (14 saves).
Dowd made a great save but freshmen Chloe Waldron was there to blast home the rebound.
Lord and Waldron would combine again at 55:30 of the second half. Lord ripped across from the left blank that deflected behind the defense.
Waldron ran onto the loose ball and ripped home her second goal of the night to the near post for a 3-0 Mills lead.
"Chloe just has a knack for finding the back of the net," Fowler said of his freshmen forward, who now has seven goals on the year. "She's skilled and very composed."
Another Mills freshmen, Alyssa Wrabel, made it 4-0 Mills at 63:55. Berry dug a ball away from two Housatonic defenders in the corner. She stumbled as she entered the penalty box, but somehow found a way, while on the ground, to cross the ball to Wrabel, who cut around two defenders and put it past Dowd.
Segella finally got some space when Murdick couldn't locate her quick enough, and then dribbled by two other Mills defenders before calmly slipping it by Mills goalie Lauren McCard (11 saves) to cut the deficit to 4-1.
But Mills senior Morgan Baker snuck behind the defense after a perfect through ball by junior Alessandra Santacroce and tucked the ball neatly into the corner for a 5-1 Mills lead.
Maddy Horosky scored on a penalty kick for Housatonic (5-1) at 78:30. Mills (6-0) outshot Housy 24-13.