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Brown’s ‘Magic’ Highlights Strong Stretch for Milford Soccer

After dropping the first two games of the season, the Milford High girls soccer team needed a little magic, and Katie Brown delivered. The senior forward scored five goals to help the Scarlet Hawks to their first win of the season, a 6-2 triumph over Hudson. The win sparked a three-game winning streak for head coach Jay Mastaj's team.
"Everything Katie touched that night was magic," he said. "She had a number of great shots and got the team going and then we went on a tear."
Mastaj said he has not seen a five-goal performance by any player in his time as the Milford head coach.
"It was one of those wonderful performances where she hit three bullets for shots from 12 to 18 yards out," he said. "She had another goal where she had to work hard and finished it off by putting it into the goal and one where she was in the right pace at the right time. It's all hard work and great effort on her part an she reaped the benefits."
After the Hudson win, Milford scored back-to-back 1-0 wins behind strong performances in goal by junior Emily Duquette. On balance, the defense has been a strong point for MHS so far in the 3-3 start to the season, Mastaj said.
"Nicole Dahlgren has been anchoring our back line and she and Gabby O'Neil have provided that senior leadership back there," he said. "Between them and Duquette coming in and getting a number of varsity games under her belt, the defense has been strong."
Milford started the new week with a 2-0 loss to Foxboro, however, when a brief defensive lapse let the squad down.
"We played some of the best soccer we had played, but we had a little bit of a defensive breakdown for two or three minutes," Mastaj said. "They had a couple of quality tries and they cashed in. We are still playing good soccer, we just to get consistent and not have those momentary lapses."
Coming into the season, Mastaj was concerned about how an inexperienced midfield would develop. A third of the way though the season, he says his area of biggest concern has turned into the area of greatest improvement.
"I think midfield is where we have seen the most progress, they have been working really hard for me," Mastaj said. "We are starting to get comfortable on defense and control the midfield, even against some of the tougher teams. If we can continue to do that, we are going to be in good shape."
Overall, the head coach says he is happy with the progress his team has made so far. "I certainly would like to have the King Phillip game (a 3-2 loss) back and I wish we played the full 80 minutes against Foxboro," Mastaj said. "But we are still fairly young on the field and every game we are getting better."




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