Bloodied but Unbowed

Millbrook made quite the trek to play Williston Northampton, and they left with their heads held high. Despite a late arrival and an extremely abbreviated warmup, the mustangs played one of their best games yet. The opponent had a strong side, but 'Brook rose to the occasion. 

The boys defended strongly in the first half–Marc and Zach were brave in the air to get the ball out of the box, and wide midfielders Connor, Noah, Stefan, and Apirith were getting back to help out in the defense. Jacob Domber saw one of his best games yet–owning the midfield up and down the field. With Williston Northampton only playing 3 defenders in the back, 'Brook got their best chances off of counter-attacks. Connor was the first to break through the line. He unselfishly laid a ball across the box to Noah, who then found Cheese for a great opportunity. Several more would come in the first half, but to no avail. 

Both teams continued to fight diligently throughout the second half. A lot of guys came off the bench fired up for Millbrook, including Nick Rayman, Nick Sosnow, Maarten Rosse, August P, and Tommy Burke, who was thrilled to see his first game minutes up top and not in goal. Tommy had one of the best chances, breaking through the defensive line and almost scoring off of a breakaway that the goalkeeper was brave to stop. 'Brook continued to defend well and did well to find the strikers in transition and attack. Williston Northampton heart-breakingly found the back of the net with only 5 minutes left in the half off of a nice play up the wing. Despite the difficult ending, Millbrook left proud of their performance and pleased with the effort throughout. It was an excellent game of soccer, and a sure sign of improvement for the boys.