By John Anderson
12 minutes into Friday’s soccer game against visiting Hudson, Jianna Baroni scored the only goal of the game assisted by Jenna Matthews. While a win is a win, this game was lacking in quality offense for the Rockets. Although Auburn racked up 19 shots on net, precision wasn’t there, especially for such a talented group of young women. Coach Larry Midura expressed his concerns to the team after the match, and the coaching staff looked frustrated.
While the Hawks are an older and larger team, they have a record of 0-9-2. When Auburn, 8-3-1, can’t take advantage of this disparity, warning flags should go up. The Rockets need a quicker game with less dribbling and more quick passes and shots on net. They also need to read the opposition better and adjust their attack on the fly. Working the ball through the strong Hudson defense just wasn’t productive. The freshman and sophomore players on Auburn’s front line were simply smaller than the juniors and seniors in Hudson’s defense.
That being said, there was a lot of good effort shown by the Rockets. Freshman midfielder Jordyn Abasciano played a very aggressive game and continually moved the ball into Auburn’s attack zone. The Rocket defense also stepped up nicely and limited the Hawks to one shot on net and no corner kicks. Keeper Sarah Fahey only had to make one save which is not a bad thing. A win is a win.
The girls varsity soccer team will host D1 Shrewsbury on Monday night at 7:00PM. This is Senior Night for the team and should be a good match. The Rockets’ last home game is on the 21st against Uxbridge at 3:30PM. They will then travel for the last two games, Tantasqua and Wachusett.