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Mills and Nonnewaug top soccer programs in BL as season winds down.

POSTED October 21, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

LITCHFIELD COUNTY: It’s getting down to crunch time on the local sports scene with league tournament and the ultimate prize, the State Tournament on deck.

Two teams sits atop their respective leagues in three different sports while one co-op is looking for their second post season appearance on the gridiron and starts a critical stretch this coming Saturday.

First, the soccer scene.

Berkshire League Boys Soccer: Lewis Mills and Nonnewaug are those two schools who are at the top of their game in multiple sports, starting with boys’ soccer where the Spartans moved to the head of the class for the moment with a 2-1 overtime win over Nonnewaug on Friday.

Mills now sports a 9-0-3 record while the Chiefs are 9-1-2 after a dozen games.

The Spartans may have gotten the better of their two matchups (1-1 tie and 2-1 win) with Nonnewaug but the remaining schedule clearly favors the team from Woodbury.

Mills takes on Northwestern (6-3-3) and Litchfield (5-5-2) this week and Wamogo (7-4-1) and Housatonic (7-4-1) next week. Those team have a combined 25-15-7 mark, the top part of the BL.

Nonnewaug faces Terryville (2-9-1) and Thomaston (2-9-1) this week and Gilbert (1-8-3) and Shepaug (3-8-1) to wrap up the regular season.

That plays out to an 8-34-6 record.

Both teams are highly ranked in Class M, Mills at # 3, Nonnewaug at # 5.

Berkshire League Girls Soccer: The Lewis Mills girls have simply been a machine this year, rolling to a 12-0 mark to date.

You’ve seen the numbers. Outscoring their opponents by an 83-5 margin; the Spartans have thrown eight shutouts.

They score in bunches, they defend even better.

Baily Pace in on pace for a near 30-goal season while Julia Pearson and Anna Marinelli are both in double digits when it comes to finding the back of the net.

Nonnewaug was upset by Shepaug on October 17 by a 2-0 score, their second loss of the season (the other a 6-0 loss to the Spartans) and sit with a 10-2 mark as the season starts to wind down.

Both teams are highly ranked in Class M, the Spartans own the top spot while the Chiefs are in the top five.

Each team will play against similar foes over the next two weeks.

The Spartan/Chief rematch is scheduled for Friday starting at 5:15 in Woodbury.

Both team also face Litchfield (9-3), Gilbert (0-11) and Terryville/Thomaston 4-8.

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