With two-thirds of the season behind them, Girls Varsity Soccer is only 1 point away from securing a spot in the MIAA Tournament. That can happen with a tie or a win, and there are 6 games left to play.

One week ago, the Rockets faced their nemesis, Millbury, and that contest ended in a 1-1 tie. Last year, Auburn fell to the Woolies twice and one was the painful 4-1 loss in the Central D3 final. Millbury also knocked Auburn out of the post season the year before.

The Rockets are reacting well to a total coaching shakeup, and Emily Para is doing a fine job at the helm with the assistance of Eric Berg and with JV coach Joanna Roberts. Kick and chase soccer is no longer the primary strategy, and the girls are developing their passing game nicely.

The Millbury contest occasionally looked a bit like long distance kickball, but when the Rockets settled in, the passing game took hold. The Woolies got a goal early in the second half, and there were some concerns on the sidelines, but when Obiamaka Igwenagu picked up her pace, the game changed.

Igwenagu dribbled into the left corner before beating her defender and passing the ball into the box. The first time didn’t work, but on the second try, Jackie Landry was open and kicked past the keeper for the final 1-1 score.

Have a look at today’s slideshow to see Igwenagu in action, and good luck tonight against Tantasqua.