Mill River holds on for 2-1 win over MAU
The Patriots, however, couldn't come all the way back from its slow start, falling 2-1 to Mill River at Spinelli Field.
"Now we have to figure out how to do it midstream and not wait for me to do it at halftime," said MAU coach Mark Boudreau. "You've got to show some leadership out there and pull them together and say, OK, we need to turn it around now, not wait to get down 2-0."
Mill River took it to the Patriots early and converted, senior midfielder Amanda Deppert corralled a corner kick and missed on the first attempt, but put in the second past MAU goalie Maddy Breese less than six minutes into the game.
In the 24th minute, Mill River doubled the lead. Olivia McPhee made a run toward the net and Breese tried to come out and grab the ball, but she was beaten to it and McPhee finished to make it 2-0.
The Patriots picked it up in the second half. Kaidin Gauthier put a rocket shot off the post in the opening minute and then a few minutes later, Maddisyn Kinney beat the Mill River keeper, Kaylyn Cottrell, coming off her line to get a loose ball. A pass got to Cat Worthington, who finished into the open net to cut the lead in half.
"It was 100 percent created by Maddy Kinney working her butt off out of a holding midfielder position and outrunning their defense to put pressure on the keeper," Boudreau said. "Just keeping the play alive. And then Cat being in the right position and having the composure to finish a shot that you can finish. It doesn't happen without Maddy busting it first and then Cat putting it in the open net."
MAU continued the pressure, but the Mill River defense, led by seniors Annie Hasenohr and Tess Beauchain, kept MAU to the wings, neutralizing the speed of the Patriot forwards.
Mill River had a couple of counterattacks, including one where Deppert hit a cross that skidded on the top of the crossbar and out of bounds. With seven minutes left, Minutemen sophomore Kelsey Sheehe nearly sealed it but the shot went wide past the MAU goal.
In the dwindling minutes, Gauthier got free and hit a beautiful shot that went over the crossbar by mere inches.
"That's a ball you put in, trust that your teammates are going to be there," Boudreau said. "We were much more patient in the second half."
Mount Anthony drops to 5-4 on the year in Division I, while Mill River improves to 8-1 in Division II.
"The positive to take from this is to play like we did in the first half and put a completely different team out there in the second half. We know we have the ability to turn it around after not playing well," Boudreau said.
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