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Middlesex girls soccer ups record to 12-2-1

The Middlesex High girls soccer team improved its record to 12-2-1 with wins over Essex, Washington & Lee and West Point in recent action.

“We are making it an awesome season with hard work, determination, and a never-give-up attitude,” said Lady Charger coach Eric Smith.

On May 8, the Lady Chargers came away from Essex with a 6-0 win. Early in the match Meghan Shores took a corner kick and an Essex player accidentally put it in her own net for a 1-0 MHS lead. 

On a penalty kick due to a foul in the box, Emilie Smith put it past the Essex keeper for a 2-0 Lady Charger lead. 

The next goal came from a through-ball from E. Smith to Bri Bagby, who placed a great shot past the Essex keeper. Near the end of the first half, E. Smith drop-passed to Autumn McMeechan who lobbed a shot over the keeper for her first goal of the year, giving Middlesex a 4-0 halftime lead. 

In the second half, E. Smith received a pass from Taylor Witcher and put in her second goal of the game. 

Near the end of the game, Marry Kiku was really playing hard and looked like she wanted a goal. She got the ball near midfield and drove to the top of the box and put a shot past the Essex keeper for her first goal of the season. “Everyone played well and our defense was strong,” said Coach Smith.

On May 10, host Middlesex defeated W&L 3-1. “This game was a great battle the whole time with quality soccer from both sides,” said Coach Smith. The Lady Chargers’ first goal came from an E. Smith header. She was assisted by Brooke Daniel’s high lob pass. 

Bri Bagby scored next for Middlesex with a quality through-touch off an assist by Cameron Ward. 

E. Smith scored again off an assist by Bagby. 

“Our defense played a valuable part of this game the whole 80 minutes,” said Coach Smith. “Our midfield really helped the defense by controlling the passes they received and distributing forward.

“This was our Senior Night and all seniors were major factors of this game. It’s always great to win on Senior Night just to finish off a wonderful and emotional evening,” said Coach Smith. 

Coach Smith added that seniors Meghan Shores, Marry Kiku, Shannon Brown and Bri Bagby “will be truly missed next year and we wish them all the luck in the future.” 

On May 15 the visiting Lady Chargers defeated local rival West Point 3-2.

“This is always a great battle and a tight game,” said Coach Smith. “It was just that and more.”

Early in the game E. Smith was controlling the middle and sent a through-ball to a sprinting Bri Bagby who collected it and drove a shot into the net. About 10 minutes later E. Smith repeated with another through-pass, this time to Cameron Ward who placed a shot in the right corner of the Pointer net. 
West Point got past the Lady Charger defense and scored one goal before halftime. In the second half a long ball over the Middlesex defense gave West Point a goal to tie the match 2-2. “We seemed to step up our game after this and I could see we wanted this win,” said Coach Smith. “It was a hard battle to the end.”
With 10 minutes left, E. Smith received a throw-in and drove across the 18 yard mark and planted a low right corner shot with her left foot for the winning goal.
The Middlesex defense stiffened for the rest of the match to preserve the win.
MHS played its final regular season game on Wednesday, May 17, at Franklin.

posted 05.17.2017

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