WOODBURY – The Woodbury Middle School girls’ soccer team is on a roll. The Warriors defeated Litchfield Middle School 4-2 on Wednesday to win its fourth straight game, and is above the .500 mark for the first time this season.
“We started the season 1-4-2, and I told the kids that the first half of the season is over, and we’re starting over with a clean slate,” said Woodbury Middle School head coach Chris McGrath.
Paige Brandt and Fiona Gengenbach both scored two goals for WMS, which trailed 1-0 in the first five minutes of the game.
Goalie Sofia Pagnamenta played a strong game in the net for WMS. The defense was led by Marley Baker and Reilly Faraci played a very solid game and didn’t let much by them as the game went on. Midfielder Ella Lupo made smart decisions and passes that helped open up WMS’s scoring, McGrath said.
“When you score first, and you get a lead, it’s good,” McGrath said. “When you get a two-goal lead, you can watch the other team’s body language change and their heads start to hang. That’s really the biggest motivation in scoring first and scoring quick.”
McGrath named Brandt the team’s “most impressive player” for scoring on a corner. McGrath said it was the first time WMS scored off a corner in more than two years.
WMS’s four-game winning streak began with a win Oct. 17 over Eli Terry, and was followed by its first win in five years over Memorial Middle School. That win gave the team a boost of confidence, McGrath said.
The Warriors then defeated Shepaug Valley on Monday, with Lupo scoring the game-winning goal.
“We’re rolling right now,” McGrath said. “They’ve come out to practice a lot more concentration and not just out to play soccer but to train for soccer. Their mindset has really shifted.”
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