WOODBURY – Junior Azria Malloy scored three goals and Senior captain Mary Bibbey added two as the Nonnewaug girls soccer team defeated Shepaug 6-0 on Tuesday.
Sophomore Dani Forte had the other goal for Nonnewaug, which raised its record to 7-0-1. Bibbey, Emma Yokis, Libby Bennett, and Sarah Sandor had assists.
“Our girls played well from the start and got up early and kept at it,” said Nonnewaug head coach Nick Sheikh, whose team led 5-0 after the first half. “Everybody came out strong and we put the game away early.”
Senior goalie Jen Charette made three saves, and junior goalie Nicole Mercer had one save. In contrast, Nonnewaug had 27 shots on goal.
“We really knew that we had to come out here and play our strongest,” Senior captain Brooke Malkin said. “We’ve had games where we’ve been down, and we knew we had to get up fast.”
Over the past three games, Nonnewaug outscored its opponents 20-1.
“We always play like we’re down some, because we always want to put our best effort out there,” Senior captain Brooke Malkin said. “We always play like they’re up by one, and we keep pushing and we don’t let up at all, no matter what.”
Sheikh said the offensive outputs have allowed him to get some fresh legs onto the field, which he doesn’t always have the liberty to do with such a small roster.
As great as the Chiefs’ have been offensively, Shiekh credits the defense as well.
“We have a couple of seniors back there (Malkin, Yokis, and Sophie Fenn) and they just anchor everything and get the attack started,” Shiekh said. “It makes everyone breathe easier with them back there doing what they do.”
Nonnewaug faces Lewis Mills on Thursday in a battle for Berkshire League supremacy. Lewis Mills is 8-0 this season, and has outscored its opponents 48-3.
It’s a challenge Shiekh hopes his team is ready for.
“Every year, the league gets stronger and stronger and the teams get better and better,” Shiekh said. “We certainly see some big games on our schedule and know we have to gear up for those physically and mentally.”
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