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Milford Boys Soccer Aiming for League Title

Milford boys' soccer head coach Jim Asam says his team is getting back to playing how it was at the beginning of its season. That is bad news for its opponents as the Scarlet Hawks take aim at a league title in their first season in the Hockomock.
"We are getting a few extra guys scoring and scoring more consistently," said Asam. "We went through a period where we weren't finishing. We are still getting the attack, but we are starting to finish again."
Milford entered the week with a 7-2-5 overall record and a 6-1-5 mark in the league. Oliver Ames sits atop the Hockomock's Davenport division with a 10-1-3 league record. The two teams battled to a scoreless tie back on September 18 but Asam hopes today's regular season finale between the two teams will give his team a chance to move into first place with every win impacting seeding in the upcoming Division 1 South Sectional tournament.
"There are still about two dozen teams that have a shot at getting into the districts," he said. "I'd love for us to get a seed in the top 10 and have a chance at a first round bye but I think we could be in the top six or seven if all goes right."
Asam is confident his team will earn a home game in the post-season. With the play-offs ready to begin next week, continuing to create scoring depth will likely continue to be a focal point of Milford's attack. Justin Asam continues to lead the league with 14 goals and nine assists. Lucas DeAguiar has been effective as well, with 11 points on the season. Hugo Silva, Juan Quintero, and Luciano Viera have between seven and 10 points on the season.
"It has definitely helped that we have some depth, it's going to come down to finishing and scoring in the play-offs," said Asam, who adds that his team's experience playing ahead and from behind will be beneficial once the second season begins.
"Wins, losses, ties, they all help us, they are all a learning experience and it's good to be in different situations," he said. "Against Sharon, we were down 3-0 but scored three goals to get a tie, things like that are huge, it's getting a point instead of giving up two.
Milford earned two points against Sharon last week with a 2-1 win that saw goaltender Mike DaSilva make four saves in the final minutes to preserve the win.
"Games like that are going to help us in the long run," said Asam. "We are going to be in those situations again and have to try to hold onto a win. We have seen the whole spectrum, and hopefully that prepares us better for the tournament."
Adding a league title to the resume certainly would not hurt the cause, either.




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