The Mount Mansfield Union High School boys soccer team had a blazing, 4-0 start to the season. Then the Cougars were dealt a 7-1 loss to Colchester.
“I don’t know if we’ve ever been beaten like that. It seemed like everything went right for them and everything went wrong for us,” MMU coach Phil Jacobs said. “It was tough — it was hard to overcome.”
Burying the lopsided defeat, the Cougars have returned to their winning ways, going 3-1 since the Colchester game.
“I told them, ‘we’d better up our play and play at a certain level if we want to be a good team in the Metro,'” said Jacobs about his 7-2 Cougars. “And we’ve been pretty consistent with our play.”
The Cougars’ latest three wins includes a 2-1 triumph over Essex, with Brad Adair tallying the go-ahead strike. MMU’s lone defeat in the last four games was to CVU, 1-0.
“We just came back and said, ‘we are going to work harder every day.’ I think we can beat anybody now,” said Jacobs, whose Cougars get a rematch with Colchester on Oct. 13.
Team to watch: Milton
Although Milton suffered a 2-0 defeat to Missisquoi on Tuesday, the Yellowjackets had started to find their form.
Last week, Milton defeated Vergennes, a team it lost to 4-1 earlier this season. Then, two days later, the Yellowjackets edged a depleted South Burlington side, 2-1. Milton sits at 4-5-1.
One reason for Milton’s better play of late? Midfielder Ryan Stinson, who returned from injury in the Vergennes game.
“He’s a smart ball control midfielder, an excellent player,” said Milton coach Glen Button, Jr, who added his team is carrying three freshmen and four sophomores, including Stinson.
The Yellowjackets overcame an even slower start last season, when Button recorded his 100th career victory, and advanced to the Division II quarterfinals before losing to Burr and Burton, 1-0.
Burlington’s final-second strike
With Tuesday night’s win over Essex, Burlington pushed its winning streak to five games.
But the Seahorses’ winning streak was nearly stopped last week at Hartford. Nghia Nguyen’s header off a Nihad Basic corner kick came with one second left in the second overtime, helping Burlington to the 1-0 win. Tuesday’s win over Essex was also a measuring of revenge — the Hornets topped Burlington (7-1-1) on Sept. 12.