(Quincy) I cringed when I saw that after winning the D3 North, the Georgetown girls soccer team’s next opponent was Millis.
Why? Because like many of the readers of this blog, I was on hand at the Boston TD Banknorth Garden on March 9th of this year and saw Millis take out the Royals girls basketball team (60-43) in the D4 state finals.
That game introduced a whole bunch of us to Molly Breen (5’11”) of Millis. In that one the junior had a career game (28 points) and was clearly the key to the Mohawk win.
Learning that Millis was next for the G’Town soccer team in the state tourney, I couldn’t help myself and had to see if Miss Breen was involved. A Google search eventually turns her up and I learn that she is a captain and major player.
No longer is G’town facing an unknown opponent and I anticipate them having their hands full – which they did in a 1-0 defeat on Tuesday night (November 17th) at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy.
Molly Breen was a serious threat on corner kicks and direct kicks but otherwise she had a “small problem” – Kelly Chickering of Georgetown. The Royal sophomore shadowed the much taller Miss Breen and limited her touches throughout.
Sorting out a soccer game is always difficult. There are goals but other than that, you work in generalities. Even shot totals are elusive because some are much more threatening than others are.
Taylor Nelson (Georgetown) hit the crossbar in the first half but it was more of the lazy flyball variety. Molly Breen, on the other hand, had a direct kick from the middle of the field in the first half that was blistered. Jamie Block (Georgetown goalie) had a good look at it, however, and caught it.
An even more dangerous shot was the one that Mohawk Ashley Page got off in the first half after a Molly Breen corner kick. Ashley’s shot went just wide right but I saw (from the other end) plenty of room inside the net for a more accurate shot.
I had a very good look at the Royals closest thing to a goal. It was in the last five minutes of the game. A direct kick from Emma Cannon put Casey Decareau in a position to send a head shot at the goalie. Although the header was well struck, it went right where Millis goalie Amanda White was parked. Those things will happen.
The actual goal by Maddie Brosler in the second half was scored a full soccer field away from me. However, from my vantage point, it was one of those situations where you have the ball and a whole bunch of players from both teams in a relatively small area. It isn’t often that someone gets a clean kick/head on the ball but in this case, the Millis player did.
The facility was terrific with a great surface. The weather was equally nice with little wind and temps in the 40s.
A five o’clock start on a weekday, south of Boston, should have kept some of the Georgetown faithful away but didn’t seem to.
The Millis student section was very active with all sorts of chants. I recall hearing the “Breen Machine” one back in March at the Garden.
It surprised me that the MIAA doesn’t give out trophies to the participants in the state semifinals when they do in the divisional finals. Aren’t reaching the semifinals a bigger accomplishment?
Georgetown returns sixteen girls from a fourteen-win season in 2010-11. This may not be the last time we see them in post-season, girls soccer play.
The Georgetown lineup before the game.