Algonquin girls soccer hopes shutout victory will mark turning point in season

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By Jesse Kucewicz, Contributing Writer

Algonquin players celebrate during their dominant 6-0 victory over Nashoba. (Photo/Jesse Kucewicz)

NORTHBOROUGH – The Algonquin Regional High School girls soccer team is hoping a strong 6-0 victory over Nashoba Regional on Sept. 30 will mark a change in momentum just past the halfway point of their season.

Algonquin applied pressure from the start, entering halftime with a 3-0 lead. They then secured their lead by adding three more goals in the second half. Six different Algonquin players found the back of the net in the team effort, with four goals being assisted by senior Serena Mihalek. 

Junior goalkeeper Keely Scott earned the shutout victory, tallying nine saves in the process.

“I think that was our best performance of the season because it was a complete 80-minute effort with a lot of purpose, a lot of intensity, and no let downs, and really the 11 on the field were working together all the time,” Algonquin head coach John Clifford said after the win. 

“Sometimes maintaining that is hard to do, and you make mistakes and give up goals that you know you don’t need to,” he continued. “We didn’t do that tonight.”

Clifford noted that the team has been working hard in training, particularly on direct kicks after struggling in recent games.

“We had 21 corners in two games earlier in the week, and we didn’t convert any,” Clifford said.

That training would pay off, with a goal coming from a corner kick late in the second half of their victory over Nashoba.

Algonquin had six games left on its regular-season schedule as of press time.