Following in the footsteps of last autumn's remarkable success by the New Milford High School boys' soccer side was to be no easy task.

After all, the Green Wave set a school record with ? wins and played its way to the state class `LL' tournament final.

Yet the 2010 NMHS edition did themselves just fine.

Coach James Tong's Green Wave kickers posted a 7-4-5 regular-season record and qualified for both the South-West Conference and state tournaments.

"I thought the boys were very competitive this year," coach Tong said. "We only had three returning varsity players from last season... the boys worked hard and really tried to implement what they learned in practice into the games."

Following an overtime loss to Newtown in the SWC playoff quarterfinals, the Green Wave saw its season ended Nov. 8 courtesy of a 1-0 loss to state class `LL" first-round foe Guilford.

Overall, the NMHS booters were 7-6-5 while outscoring their opponents by a cumulative 24-19 goals for/against margin.

"We are graduating five players from this year's team," concluded coach Tong, "but I think the future of NMHS boys' soccer is very bright."

-- Norm Cummings