The saying, "it's not how you start, it's how you finish" may be the theme of the Men's Soccer team. Needing anything but losses in the standings, the Wildcats have played some of their best soccer over the course of the last three weeks. That was evident at Wakefield on Monday with a 2-1 win over the Wolverines.
Last time the two teams squared off, it was Millbrook that held a 2-1 lead for the opening 76 minutes of play before Wakefield tied things up late in regulation en route to a tie. Early pressure has been a familiar site for the 'Cats and it was on display vs. Wakefield as Millbrook broke through the Wolverine defense with lots of great build up, the strikers found Wrenn Pallas who would hook up on a through ball to Giberto Rebollar-Sanchez who would rip it past the keeper for the early 1-0 lead. The Wildcat defense would stand tall in front of Noah Davison for the remainder of the half to keep the lead in check. Despite the one goal lead, Coach Edwards said that the guys were not satisfied.
"We missed some chances towards the end of the half to go up even more and immediately after coming off the field at half, the guys kept saying "we've got to finish our chances, we can't let this slip away"... the players have really stepped up as leaders lately, I have found them being really good coaches at times. The guys have been really vocal and to both myself and their teammates and that has been instrumental lately."
Millbrook redeemed themselves early into the second half. In the 45th minute, Ian Pearlswig found Rebollar again who would find the back of the net for the 2-0 lead. Rebollar's goal was his 5th of the season, and first since scoring two against Apex Friendship over a month ago. Wakefield would not go down without a fight as they would cut the lead in half with a goal in the 69th minute on a free kick that would fail to be cleared by the Wildcats. The ball bounced around before being poked past Davison for the score. The offensive barrage late in the game wouldn't stop as each team had multiple chances to put more points up on the board but neither group was able to do so as Millbrook picked up the 2-1 win. Edwards loved the resiliency of his guys to be able to pull out the victory.
"The group was really resilient. I am very proud of them, they worked incredibly hard. Tonight they really played with confidence. Throughout the entire game, you could see it on their faces that they knew that they could win. They wanted that game so bad and they went out there and got it. As a coach, that's all you can ask for out of your team. That desire had been missing earlier in the season but it's now here as they're fighting for their playoff lives."
Millbrook's 3-2-1 play over the last three weeks has them sitting in sole possession of 5th place in the conference. That recent record has come on the heels of a 6-2 loss to Heritage on September 28th. The six Husky goals were the most allowed by a Coach Edwards led team at Millbrook. Naturally, that is who is next up for the Wildcats as they welcome the Huskies to town on Wednesday night at 6:30PM. When asked what he expects from his guys, Edwards said that he expects a much different outcome given his team's recent success. Currently, Heritage is two games ahead of Millbrook in the standings with a 6-4-1 Cap-8 record. The Wildcats enter 7-6-4 overall, 4-5-2 in the conference. For more information, follow Millbrook Soccer on Twitter at @soccer_mhs.
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