Mills wins first showdown with Housy, 3-0 in girls soccer.
BURLINGTON: It was an early season match-up between two of the top girls soccer teams in the Berkshire League who each possess some of the top players in the BL as well.
Lewis Mills and Housatonic have some serious history over the past couple of years and on Tuesday night, the latest chapter of their rivalry was unveiled.
Granted, one of the stars of the league, Lauren Segalla was not on the pitch as she continues to work her way back from an ACL injury that happened last spring but the Mountaineers are far from a one player band.
Mills though, has some high caliber talent of their own, something that never seems to change under head coach Dennis Fowler and came away with a 3-0 win over the visitors from Falls Village.
So this first meeting may have been dulled a bit by the absence of one star but it was still an important test for both teams who figure to be right up there at the end of the regular season.
Still, it was a chance for both Fowler and Housy coach Jess Segalla to see where their respective teams stood as they enter the second week of the regular season.
Mills is so tough to beat at Nassahegan, it’s a great home field with a loud cheering section every time out and after the boys had come away with a win in the opener, and it was up to the girls to close the deal for the sweep.
The pressure came from the home team early and with 35:15 left in the opening half, an opportunity arose and the Spartans cashed in.
Senior Julia Robillard made a terrific run into the box in front of Housy goalie molly Dowd but was stopped on an excellent sliding block by the junior goal keep but teammate Alyssa Wrabel picked up the loose ball from the collision and chipped the ball into the back of the net for the early advantage.
How big was that first goal?
“When you get that early goal,” Fowler said. “You really gain that emotional momentum I talk about a lot and I think we had the emotional edge all game.”
When Segalla is on the pitch, teams have to be aware of where she is at all times so without her, the defense can’t relax but the threat is diminished.
Still, Housy head coach Jess Segalla was pleased with how her team responded with their star down.
“They played hard,” Segalla said. “I wasn’t disappointed at all with their effort out there it was just that they didn’t stay with their marks. Even after we went down 1-0 early, it stayed that way from that point through the rest of the half and the first ten minutes of the second half.”
Segalla, to her credit, made no excuses for her team being down their best player and may be without her a few more games.
Mills got that second goal at the 29:44 mark of the second half when Robillard hooked a left footed shot past Dowd off an assist from Chole Waldren for a 2-0 lead.
Wrabel wrapped up the scoring with 25:30 left off a scramble in front of the net and Mills won the first meeting.
These two teams meet again in October in Falls Village.
Mills improve to 2-0 while the Mountaineers fall to 1-1.