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Wednesday, April 25 News

New Milford boys soccer looking to peak at the right time

NEW MILFORD — With four straight wins and a five-game unbeaten streak, the New Milford boys soccer team looks like it is once again getting primed for a run in the postseason.

With each passing win the Green Wave (7-2-3) gain confidence while improving their South West Conference and Class LL standings.

“We continue to improve each week,” New Milford coach Greg LaCava said. “We started out with a fairly tough schedule and have fought through it and we are playing well as a team.”

New Milford started its recent unbeaten run with a hard fought 1-1 tie with Joel Barlow. A 2-1 comeback victory over Newtown followed and then three straight shutouts — the most recent being a 6-0 triumph over Stratford on Saturday.

“After a slow start factoring in the tough schedule we are playing better now,” LaCava said. “Goals are coming from many players and the defense has

been stingy.”

The Green Wave have not allowed more than two goals all season and have posted six shutouts. Having already qualified for the Class LL tournament, New Milford can try and improve its seeding over the final four games of the regular season and then get ready for the postseason.

“We have two games that count in the SWC left and we should be ready to compete in both of those,” LaCava said. “We have four games left overall and the more we win the better chance we have at a higher seed in the state tournament.”

LaCava said striker Shane Fedigan, center back Pat Anderson, stopper Ethan Trim and goalie Brandon Romero are players that have stepped up in recent weeks.

“Those four have raised their level of play and hopefully that is something that continues and the team feeds off of,” LaCava said. “We hope to continue riding our recent performance into playoffs and bring it all together to peak for the postseason.”

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