EASTON — For Milford, there was no probability this season to relive the sensation it skilled a yr in the past when the Scarlet Hawks performed in a sectional and state closing.
However Milford did its greatest to attempt to replicate the expertise Monday in opposition to Oliver Ames.
In a tournament-like ambiance at Muscato Stadium, the 2 undefeated powerhouse squads dueled with Milford receiving targets from Leo Coelho and Lucas Da Silva to earn a slender 2-1 highway victory and the Hockomock League Cup title.
“For me, the 2 greatest groups in Japanese Mass. acquired to go at it and placed on a present,” mentioned Milford coach Antonio Pinto. “It was a back-and-forth sport, it was filled with probabilities each methods and it was full of pleasure and I couldn’t be extra pleased with Milford and I couldn’t be extra pleased with OA for the battle they put up.”
After a scoreless first half, Coelho opened the scoring lower than 4 minutes into the third quarter with a phenomenal strike from 30 yards out off a direct kick to place Milford (10-0-3) in entrance.
For the primary time all season, OA (12-1-0) surrendered greater than a single purpose in a sport when Da Silva lofted an arching shot from the proper wing over the outstretched arm of Drew Nickla for a 2-0 benefit within the fiftieth minute.
The Tigers battled again and reduce the deficit in half earlier than the body ended as Kevin Louhis stole the ball away earlier than unleashing a 35-yard blast into the again of the online.
As Milford held off OA’s rally try over the ultimate quarter-hour, it needed to so with out beginning goalie Leo Oliveira, who left the sport within the fourth quarter attributable to damage.
Kevin Gomes crammed in admirably, thwarting OA’s probabilities and making a clutch save on an oblique kick from contained in the field with beneath 5 minutes left to protect an exhilarating win.
“It’s a tremendous feeling to be out right here and we work exhausting on a regular basis,” Coelho mentioned. “This one means a lot due to the worldwide pandemic happening.”