Milford-Souhegan girls soccer ahead

The chill of October seems to raise the stakes on the fall high school sports season.

Friday night’s football classic at Souhegan, in which the Sabers outlasted rival Milford, 20-12, pretty much raised the bar for what could be a wild stretch run in all sports.

No game on the calendar, though, in any sport this fall, looms larger than Tuesday night’s girls soccer match between Milford and Souhegan on the Spartans’ home turf at 4 p.m.

Milford hit the weekend’s action at 9-2, while Souhegan sits at 9-1-1.

Only Bow, which isn’t on the schedule for these two, has a better mark in Division II at 10-1.

Souhegan took the previous matchup 1-0, but has struggled a tad lately, going 1-1-1 in the last three after an 8-0 start.

Milford recently had a five-match win streak snuffed by John Stark.

CABINET CHATTER

On the boys side, Milford High remained winless while Souhegan, at 7-3, could be pointed to a playoff home game with a strong finish over the final four games. The Spartans will be tourney-tested, considering they finish with 7-5 ConVal, 7-3-1 Lebanon, 10-1-1 Pembroke and 10-1 Windham. Run that gauntlet, and they’ll be playoff-ready. …

In field hockey, Souhegan, at 10-1, has to have its long-term vision on potential Round 3 showdown with Windham, hopefully in the Division II title game. The only blemish on Windham’s card is a 1-0 home loss to the Sabers, while the only stumble for Souhegan, was a 3-2 defeat on the home turf vs. the Jags. …

You have to go all the way back to 2002 for Milford High’s last state volleyball title. Don’t mention that to the Spartan girls, who remained unbeaten at 10-0, with just six dropped sets all year, with six matches to play.

FOOTBALL CAPSULES

THIS WEEK

Souhegan (2-2)

vs. Manchester West (1-4)

WHERE: At Manchester

WHEN: Friday, 6 p.m.

LAST WEEK: Souhegan 20, Milford 12; West 46, Pembroke 6

LAST YEAR: Souhegan 49, West 6

FYI: Will over-confidence be a factor for West? The Blue Knights snapped a 23-game losing streak in style last week. Souhegan, riding the emotional high from last week, has to keep its eye on the prize and its mind on business this week. West can score the rock a little bit. The Knights average 24.0 points a game. The problem is they’re giving up 34.0 per night.

HECTOR LONGO’S PICK: Milford 38, West 17 … Bowkett’s Boys on a roll

St. Thomas (4-1) vs.

Milford (2-3)

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: At Milford

LAST WEEK: Windham 25, St. Thomas 16; Souhegan 20, Milford 12

LAST YEAR: St. Thomas 42, Milford 28

FYI: Tim Bouchard is the big-play back for St. Thomas, which has to be feeling down after the loss in last week’s battle for Division II South supremacy. Milford played so hard on Friday night. It will call on everything the Spartans have to bounce back. Several keys to a potential upset are in place: 1. A long Friday night ride for St. Thomas: 2. A must-win situation for the Spartans; 3. A gritty senior class of Milford players is hungry to show they belong with the best.

HECTOR LONGO’S PICK: Milford 24, St. Thomas 21 … My upset special.

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