There's plenty of time for the New Milford High girls' soccer side to swing into high gear this autumn.

Yet coach Greg LaCava and his Green Wave kicks know there's no time like the present.

The NMHS booters owned a 4-5 record as they prepped to visit Weston yesterday (Thursday).

The girls will also host Joel Barlow Saturday at 12:30 on the NMHS pitch and visit New Fairfield Monday.

"It's an important week," said coach LaCava.

He served as assistant last fall with coach Greg Marsan as the Green Wave played its way to a milestone South-West Conference title.

The 2012 edition has shown flashes of excellence, burying overmatched Notre Dame, Kolbe Cathedral, Oxford and Stratford by respective scores of 7-0, 7-0, 6-0 and 6-0. Yet the Green Wave had yet to figure a way to score with consistency against top opponents. In NMHS' other five matches, the local side has been outscored 11-2.

"We need to continue to work on our team play," observed coach LaCava, "while focusing on intensity for 80 minutes."

The Green Wave bench boss has seen plenty of reason for optimism.

"We are starting to come together nicely as a team," he added. "The second half of the season should be very exciting."

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