New Milford boys soccer team among the best this season
Published 1:48 pm, Tuesday, November 14, 2017
This year’s New Milford boys soccer team had a great season.
The Green Wave were again one of the best in the area, but the margin for error was thin and a few times they came out on the wrong end of a result they thought they worked hard enough to go their way.
Such is soccer.
New Milford finished with a final record of 12-4-3. The Green Wave were 11-2-3 in the regular season with two one-goal losses.
The Green Wave were 3-2-3 after a loss to Masuk and a tie against Joel Barlow, but they were just getting started. The team finished the regular season by ripping off eight straight wins, including triumphs over Newtown, New Fairfield, Brookfield and Joel Barlow.
The run ended in the SWC Tournament with a 2-1 loss to Bethel in a game decided by penalty kicks. After the disappointment of the SWC loss wore off, the Green Wave turned their attention to the CIAC Class LL Tournament.
New Milford was the No. 7 seed in the Class LL Tournament and started things off with an entertaining 4-3 victory over Amity. The run ended with another tough loss, 2-1, to Danbury in overtime in the second round of the Class LL Tournament.
“We had a very good season and competed in every game,” New Milford coach Greg LaCava said. “We didn’t lose any game by more than one goal and we had five shutouts this season. Some tough results down the stretch but a great year for the team.”
Shane Fedigan was named All SWC for the second time in his Green Wave career while Ethan Trim also made the All SWC team. Peter Wunderlich, Pat Anderson and Erik Byrnes each made SWC All-Division.
LaCava said goalie Brandon Romero was outstanding all season long for the team, coming up with acrobatic saves to keep us in games all year.
There will be some turnover next season as the Green Wave says goodbye to the Class of 2018, but there will be plenty of talent coming back and the Green Wave will once again have championship aspirations.
“We were lead by a great group of seniors this year and they will be tough to replace,” LaCava said. “We will return next year with a bunch of players who saw significant minutes this year and will continue to seek our first SWC championship.”