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Wildcats Earn Split in Weekend U-14 Soccer Action

May 21, 2012

Olivia Miller tries to get the ball past the Milton goalkeeper. Photo Patricia Bennett

The Wildcat’s U-14 team was busy over this past weekend.
They had two games to battle, one was a victory and the other a defeat in score only. In the first game Milton came to Wildcat Country and dominated the hometown girls.
As much as the Wildcats battled they could not find the back of the net. Milton is a fast, skilled, and adept soccer team. They moved the ball with a combination of speed and agility that the Derby hadn't seen yet this season. Their passes were precise and they were aggressive going after the ball.
They came to win this game and they did just that, picking up the 4-0 victory.
Milton goals were scored in a variety of ways, placing the ball skillfully in the top and bottom corners and capping off the scoring with a cross that bounced off one the visiting player’s chest and ricocheting into the net.
This game was a learning experience all around. The atmosphere on the bench after the game did not show a team that had just lost, it showed a team that took responsibility for the outcome and were able to pick out the positive things that occurred during the match and looked to build from that. Sometimes a loss brings out the best in a team.
Not to say that the Wildcats didn't have chances to score.
Olivia Miller, Brooke Breault, Faith Gosselin and Dehlia Wright each had a couple break-aways in the game.
Miller came the closest but Milton's goalie denied her opportunity.
Sunday was a different story.
The team traveled to The Tree Farm in Essex to battle it out with the Essex soccer team.
This day the Wildcats came to win, and win they did, taking the match 5-1.
The heat was sweltering but that didn't bother the Wildcats, they brought their own heat to the field and tore it up.
Delaney Bryant, Mya Daigle, Dasha Plotnikov and Faith Gosselin all were able to find the back of the net.
Essex’ goal was not a factor as it came on a penalty kick late in the game after Derby was called for dangerous play around the net.
The team travels to New Hampshire Memorial Day weekend to take part in the President's Cup Tournament.
Teams from all over New England will be in attendance for this weekend event.
The Wildcats are guaranteed three contests over the weekend, with the possibility of more depending on how well they do. The girls are very excited to get a chance to compete against unfamiliar competition and to see how they match up against some of the top talent in New England. It should be a weekend filled with fun, excitement and some great soccer.

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