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It could be premature to label the Green Wave a state title threat. Perhaps not.

The New Milford High School boys' soccer side certainly has established itself in the past three weeks as one of the best teams in Connecticut.

Coach Antony Howard's Green Wave overmatched perennial power Newtown 4-0 Tuesday on the Nighthawks' pitch at Treadwell Park.

Adam Llerena turned aside nine Nighthawk shots to earn the shutout in net and was amply supported by an attack featuring two goals from Adrian Lekaj and single tallies from Spencer Ranno and Jack Walsh.

The victory improved the NMHS booters' ledger to 7-0-1 at midseason.

Such has been the Green Wave's edge on its cumulative foes that it has built a 19-3 goals for/against cushion.

Only Masuk, Pomperaug and Joel Barlow, the latter during a 1-1 draw last Saturday at NMHS, have been able to score against Howard's side.

The first priority for the Green Wave will be to set itself up for the South-West Conference playoffs, which will start in late October.

NMHS boys' soccer has never won a league title, either the current SWC or its predecessor, the Western Connecticut Conference, dating back to the roots of the program in the early 1970s.

And then there would be the state Class LL tournament, for which coach Howard and Co. would surely be primed for a run.

First, however, there remain eight regular-season matches, starting Friday, Oct. 3, with Stratford arriving at NMHS for a 3:45 p.m. match.

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Norm Cummings

Photography by Norm Cummings