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D3 GIRLS’ SOCCER FINAL: MILLBURY 1, MEDWAY 0

Millbury denies Medway girls in D3 final, again

MILFORD — The Millbury girls’ soccer team defeated Medway for the second straight year by a single goal for the Division 3 title, recording a 1-0 victory on strike in the 26th minute from senior Kelsie Cummings at Milford High on Saturday morning.

The Woolies (20-3-1) prevailed on the strength of a steady midfield presence and an explosive line of forwards.

“We did everything we had to do,” said Millbury coach Steve Khoury. “The girls worked so hard and never gave up.”

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The Mustangs’ best stretch came at the start of the second half, in which the Aviza sisters had key chances. In the 48th minute, sophomore Isabelle Aviza beat a defender and fired a shot just wide of Woolies’ junior keeper Gabrielle Hunt (12 saves). In the 61st minute, it was a free kick from senior Shannon Aviza that curved just high of the crossbar.

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“I thought we did a good job [pressuring] the goalie, just didn’t get enough high quality chances,” said Medway coach Jason Rojee, whose squad finished 19-2-2. “I think that ended up being the difference.”

Millbury, which went undefeated last season, upped its competition this year by scheduling Division 1 opponents in Wachusett and Algonquin.

“We weren’t worried about [going undefeated this season],” said Khoury. “We just wanted to get to the state title again.”

While Medway held the majority of possession and pressured throughout the second half, it was the goals by Cummings, assisted by fellow senior Mikaela Mitchell, that made the difference.

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“Gotta shut those two down,” said Rojee. “If not, it’s gonna be a long day. We weren’t consistent enough.”

Cummings, who has committed to play at the University of Rhode Island next fall, said “we knew that we wanted this and we worked really hard. It means everything. I wouldn’t want to go out any other way as a senior.”