Milford girls soccer falls to Hollis Brookline
Thursday, September 5, 2013
MILFORD – The Hollis Brookline High School girls soccer team spent halftime Tuesday talking about how it was too complacent in the first half with a two-goal lead.
The Cavaliers didn’t wait long to be more aggressive.
HB turned a Milford scoring chance into a goal of its own, and added two more in the second half to beat the Spartans 5-0 in a Division II contest. Kashka Gammon and Hannah Modelski had two goals each, while Gammon also had an assist, to help the Cavs bounce back from a double overtime loss to Souhegan last Friday.
“It was a nice outing for us,” HB coach Peter Clarke said. “It’s a young team, so we’re still experimenting with where we want to have some of these players placed and what’s best for them.
“I knew coming out of Friday that we had played a wonderful game (against Souhegan) and we had a couple of chances where we really would have, and could have, won the game. Even though I was pleased, the kids had to come out and feel success, so (Tuesday) was huge.”
And the biggest part was the goal early in the second half. After HB goalie Ryan Philbrick made a save to thwart a Milford scoring chance, the freshman started the Cavs (1-1) on a break. Gammon ended up with the ball and found herself going in alone on Milford keeper Rebecca Cleary (13 saves).
“That’s the critical one for us because we only have a two-goal lead and I don’t think we were playing as well as we should have,” Clarke said. “If you give up a goal there, it’s 2-1 and everything changes.”
Although there was still 35 minutes left in the game, the score deflated Milford (0-2).
“I think it took us a good five minutes or so to recover from that,” Milford coach Russ Matthews said. “We were just kind of lost, I think. I give the girls credit, they regrouped and we started playing again, but that’s a killer.”
Modelski gave HB a 1-0 lead when her corner kick hooked into the net in the seventh minute of the game, and she made it 2-0 by dropping a shot over the outstretched arms of Cleary in the 12th minute.
Milford was able to get some scoring opportunities, but couldn’t get anything past Philbrick (eight saves), who left in the second half after suffering an injury while diving for a ball, nor backup Celeste Marsan.
“I thought we had good ball control in the first half and good aggressiveness in the second half, but each half lacked something,” Matthews said. “I thought we had good combination play coming up the field, but we needed to step a little bit defensively. We were letting people turn, we weren’t really containing. As a team, we were allowing too much freedom for them.”
Milford plays at Con-Val on Friday, while HB host Portsmouth, also on Friday.