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Rivals have learned quickly this year it's a serious challenge to get the ball in the net against the New Milford High boys' soccer side.

The Green Wave had built a 4-2-2 ledger by early this week primarily because other squads simply couldn't score.

Coach Antony Howard's booters dropped a 1-0 decsion Monday, Oct. 1 to Masuk on the Panthers' pitch in Monroe, echoing an earlier 1-0 setback to Daniel Hand at NMHS (see photos).

Still, the Green Wave had outscored its first eight foes by a cumulative 7-3 margin, with much of that offensive output accounted for Sept. 15 during a 4-0 rout of Immaculate in Danbury.

The NMHS kickers will need to add enhanced finishing kick to their attack if they want to contend for South-West Conference or state Class LL laurels.

Still, the potential is clearly there to beat top teams if the defense were to continue to play at such a high level.

The Green Wave was slated to start a three-match home stand Thursday vs. Bethel and will also host Newtown Monday at 3:45 p.m. and Weston next Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.