New Milford girls soccer extends unbeaten streak
Published 12:29 pm, Wednesday, September 30, 2015
NEW MILFORD — A new coach and a difficult early schedule hasn’t slowed the New Milford High girls soccer team this season.
The Green Wave have reeled off three straight wins and are unbeaten in six games since losing 1-0 in the season-opener on Sept. 11 to defending Class L champ Immaculate. New Milford’s latest triumph was a 6-0 victory over Stratford Tuesday.
It took a few games for New Milford to start to come together and first-year coach Jason Stock has pointed to the Newtown game on Sept. 24 when it started to click for his team. The Green Wave blanked the Nighthawks 3-0 in a rematch of last season’s Class LL tournament game that New Milford won on penalty kicks.
“That was our first game where we played to a really high level,” Stock said. “It was nice to see that and we hope to carry that on.”
New Milford has also battled to a 4-4 tie with Pomperaug and edged Masuk, 2-1, on the road. The early schedule presented a lot of tests but also gave Stock a chance to see where his team was right away.
“I think every week we are coming along a little bit better. Every game there are a couple more improvements which is nice to see,” Stock said. “We still have a bit of work to do. Defensively, we are starting to get better as far as our shape as a team. And making sure we are covering for each other and that is starting to pick up a lot.”
Stock is in his first season as coach of New Milford after taking over for Greg LaCava. Stock said the team has adjusted well to his style.
“I’m sure it was a little different from what they had before, but I think it’s been a nice transition overall and they are starting to adjust to my coaching style,” Stock said. “The proof is when you start to see things on the field, which we have the last couple games, stuff we have been working on has come to fruition.”
Stock has worked some new players into the lineup, but he also inherited a strong group of returners led by the likes of senior goalkeeper Colleen Lynch, senior forwards Jenna Barron and Monica Baxter, senior back Jenna DiCandido and junior midfielder Elizabeth Swanson.
“We have a lot of talented players out there, a lot of intelligent players as well, which makes a big difference,” Stock said. “They know how to play together as a team.”