The Millbrook boys soccer team bounced back after a rare defeat, cruising to a 7-1 win over host Wakefield Wednesday night.
For just the second time this season, the Wildcats (10-2) had to look for a way to respond following defeat. And they did, as they came within one goal from tying their season-high for goals in a game.
“It speaks to our senior leadership,” said coach Matt Edwards on his team’s response. “They have grown up, through JV and varsity, have taken their bruises, and have learned that with hard work and commitment, they can get the results that they want.”
Millbrook got on the board quickly when Ian Pearlswig scored off a pass from Michael Pasca. But the Wolverines wasted little time answering back. Just 54 seconds later, Paul Praschinger netted the lone goal for Wakefield (0-5-2) who remained winless on the year.
It was all Millbrook after that. Off a throw-in, Harrison Clark assisted on Pasca’s second goal of the game, and Emmet Wood provided a highlight reel goal as he fell to the ground, and was still able to kick the ball past the goalkeeper to give the Wildcats a 3-1 leading heading into halftime.
“I think it was the two goals after conceding,” said Edwards on his team pulling away. “Conceding was tough, and I think that moment we could have sagged down and put our heads down. But getting two goals after, and ending the half strong, did it for us.”
Millbrook came out even more focused as they limited Wakefield’s chances to gain momentum and get back into the game. The chances that they did have, the Wolverines were unable to capitalize.
Late in the second, Marcus Shenker-Tauris deked Millbrook keeper Noah Davison, who came out of the net to defend, but was pushed wide enough that his shot hit the side of the goal.
Wakefield will try for its first win of the season as they face off against the Broughton Capitals on Monday, while Millbrook will look to start another winning streak against Heritage.