MILLBURY, Mass. — The Millbury girls' varsity soccer team played to a thrilling 1-1 tie against the Auburn Lady Rockets Thursday afternoon in Millbury at the Elmwood St. School.
Auburn's Kayla Almstrom unleashed a beautiful arcing shot off the crossbar in the 20th minute of the second half to knot the score at one, after a brief flurry in the Millbury zone. The final moments of the game were marked by good chances for both teams with neither being able to get the go-ahead score.
Millbury's Alex Pariseau put the Lady Woolies ahead in the early moments of the second half, tucking the ball through two defenders and past the goaltender.
Both Jordan Hauge for Auburn and Megan Lucke for Millbury were outstanding in net, making big stops when they were tested.
After a scoreless first half, in which Auburn enjoyed a big territorial advantage but with few scoring chances by either team, Millbury took over early in the second half.
The Lady Woolies got a number of quality chances but other than Pariseau's goal, they were turned aside with some big saves by Hauge. Pariseau nearly netted a second goal when her corner kick whistled over the crossbar, moments later Olivia Baroni narrowly missed a shot that went just wide of the right post.
The Lady Rockets recovered and thanks to some stellar play by Erin Scanlon and Lizzy Carlson still were in the game. They pushed the ball into Millbury territory and pressed the defense into making a mistake and that's when Almstrom's shot caromed into the goal to knot the game.
The Rockets then were energized and buzzed the Millbury end but Lucke was equal to the task.
Millbury coach Steve Schoury was pleased with the effort, "I thought we outplayed them, possessed the ball ... we were just unlucky on that shot," he said, shaking his head mentioning the Auburn goal. "If we could have finished a few more shots early in the second half, we win, but it was a total team effort and I'm very pleased."