Freshman leads Wasps past MR

Mill River's Talia Hutt Vater (8) battles for control of the ball with Woodstock Union's midfielder Faye Stevens (23) during Friday afternoon's matchup at Mill River Union High School in Clarendon. At right is Woodstock Union's Sophie Leggett (20). (Photo by Jon Olender)

NORTH CLARENDON — Woodstock freshman Hannah Reed won’t forget her girls soccer debut, a 4-2 victory over Mill River. Reed found herself in a breakaway with just goalie Malori Carlson. She showed composure that belies her ninth grade standing and tucked the ball into the cage, giving the Wasps a 1-0 lead just under 15 minutes into the game. “It made me hyper. It made me want to score more,” Reed said. And so she did. Reed scored with 19:51 left in the game to break a 2-2 deadlock. Carlson got a good piece of it but it was struck well enough to find the net. After Reed’s first goal, Sophie Leggett converted a penalty kick to boost the lead to 2-0, 22:22 before the half. She placed the ball low and to Carlson’s left, giving the keeper no chance. The Minutemen didn’t quit. They pushed all the harder. Emerson Pomeroy made a nice run and ripped the ball just wide with 15 minutes to go in the half. Then, Allison Nemeth hit a direct kick from 25 yards out, beating Woodstock goalkeeper Theresa Stewart to slice the lead in half. Three minutes before the half, Hannah Anderson scored the goal that sent the teams into halftime tied. Amelia Jones fed her a great ball and Anderson knew what to do with it. “I was proud of them for coming back,” Mill River coach Dave Carr said of the two-goal output near the end of the half. That same combo of Jones and Anderson nearly struck again 1:10 before the break. Then came the game-winner from Reed. Olivia Marsicovetere scored the insurance goal with 14:01 remaining, threading the ball perfectly inside the far post. Mill River assistant coach Ray Nichols said he would have loved to have seen what might have happened had the Minutemen scored first when they were applying significant offensive pressure during the opening 10 minutes. They had a great opportunity inside of the first minute when Pomeroy set Anderson up with a deft pass, Anderson nearly capitalizing on it. Woodstock coach Greg LaBella said he was aware that Mill River suffered heavy graduation losses, but this game was a concern for him. “It’s still the Mill River game,” he said of one of the better girls soccer rivalries in the area. The Minutemen fell to 0-2. They endured a 2-0 loss to Leland & Gray. “We didn’t win but at least we got goals, right?” Nemeth said to Anderson after the game, both players flashing a big smile. The Minutemen lost a talented group of seven seniors and are emphasizing having fun this year. “The players came up with 12 core values and having a good time was one of them,” Carr said. Still, it’s more fun winning than losing and the Minutemen showed plenty of moments that indicated they will do their share of that. They got some outstanding defensive play from Nemeth, Talia Hutt Vater and Leah Romano. Freshman Julia Deppert came off the bench and showed plenty of speed, skill and savvy out on the wing for the Minutemen. Mill River will look to break into the win column Wednesday at home against Mount Anthony. Follow Tom on Twitter @RHSportsGuy

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