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Lewis Mills girls roll again, 5-1 over Gilbert.

POSTED October 16, 2010
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

BURLINGTON - Nothing seems to be able to slow the Lewis Mills girls soccer team.

Not swirling winds or slanting, pelting rain. Not even the first deficit of the Spartans’ season. Lewis Mills overcame all obstacles on Friday afternoon, winning its ninth-straight game over Gilbert, 5-1.

Gilbert’s Rachel Wendel scored on a counter-attack 15:30 into the game, putting the Yellowjackets up 1-0. It was the first time Mills has trailed all season. Gilbert’s veteran coach Moose Dzielak put an extra defender in the back to try and hold the lead. But Mills’ junior Paige Marinelli tied it off an assist from senior Lindsay Muri at 28:15 and then Marinelli fed Muri at 37:30 for a 2-1 Mills halftime lead.

“I was very happy with the way we responded," Lewis Mills head coach Dennis Fowler said. “Nobody panicked. Nobody became negative. We actually picked up our intensity and played with excellent determination.”

Muri would finish the hat trick, scoring at 49:15 and 55:30 of the second half. She now has a league-leading 16 goals. Sophomore Hope Sherman finished the scoring on a breakaway in the final minutes. Marinelli added another assist as did senior Carly Marenna.

Fowler also heaped praise on two unsung senior midfielders.

“Bobbi Bergstrom and Katherine Bayne were outstanding in the middle of the field today,” Fowler said. “They don’t get the credit they deserve. Both were accurate passing and controlling the ball. And they seemed to win every loose ball or ball in the air. I can’t say enough about their importance.”

Senior Lindsey Brown made two saves for Mills (9-0). Jennie Fritch made 12 saves for Gilbert (3-5-1). The Spartans out shot the Yellowjackets 20-3.

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