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Middlesex JV booters are improving

The 2014 Middlesex High JV soccer team is a young but skilled team with nine 8th-graders and a mix of 9th and 10th grade returning players.

“I am very happy with the abilities of the players and I have enjoyed teaching them some new skills,” said MHS JV coach Eric Smith. “Being a young team we have been struggling with aggressiveness and the older teams we are playing are overpowering us to some degree. These things will be taught and will improve over time. I am very proud of my team so far and look forward to the rest of the season.”

All soccer games are being played away due to construction of the Syd Thrift Athletic Complex. “It’s hard to get ready for a game when we are on a bus for a long ride and then never get to play for a home crowd,” said Coach Smith. “I will say we have a great group of supporters that travel with us, and I say thank-you to them.”  

The first game was a scrimmage against Washington and Lee on March 14. Middlesex connected on two goals and led at the half. The first goal was from Elijah Fomin who collected a ball on the back post and put it in the back of the net. The second goal came from a nice shot by Emilie Smith.

W&L came on strong in the second half and used the wind and the long ball to take a 3-2 lead.  

Near the end of the match, E. Smith collected the ball and scored her second goal to tie the match 3-3 until the last 10 seconds of the game when W&L scored on a corner kick to win 4-3. “I was very proud of our kids; they did not give up,” said Smith.

Middlesex lost its first regular season game 1-0 at Rappahannock on April 4. Middlesex started well and had multiple chances to score but could not find the back of the net. “But our kids did not give up and battled hard throughout,” said Coach Smith. “We made some great shots on goal but their goalie had a great game.”

Middlesex played W&L to a 0-0 tie on April 11. “We were looking forward to this game because of the scrimmage outcome from earlier in the season,” said Coach Smith. “I had made some formation and player position changes for this game to help balance us offensively and defensively. The changes made a big difference in how the team worked together and it was fun to watch them mesh.  

“Our defense worked flawlessly and our offense was attacking all night. We are just having trouble finishing these attacks and putting the ball in the net. This game was a head-to-head battle for both halves with great play from both teams,” said Coach Smith.

The Middlesex varsity and JV soccer teams are at Mathews on Monday, April 28, and at West Point on Wednesday, April 30. The JV plays at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity plays at 7 p.m.

posted 04.23.2014

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