MIDDLETOWN>>The Middletown High girls soccer team is on a roll.
After dropping their first game of the season, the Blue Dragons have ripped off five in a row, the latest a 4-0 win over Platt of Meriden in a Central Connecticut Conference South Division game at Rosek-Skubel Stadium Tuesday night.
“Overall we played well,” said MHS coach Nick Libera. “While we played well in the first half, we could have done a better job with our opportunities. We did do a good job with our opportunities in the second half.
Despite dominating play throughout the first half, the Dragons had just a 1-0 halftime lead on Mikaela Coady’s 10th goal of the season. Platt goalkeeper Amanda DeRoy made two good saves early, and Middetown’s Rajeen Mayo missed two great chances, one a shot that went wide at 27:35, then another that hit the side of the goal minutes later.
But Coady and the Dragons were just warming up.
Coady had two more goals for a hat trick and Middletown basted the Panthers 3-0 in the second half.
“Mikaela’s been playing great,” said Libera. “She’s scoring in every game and with 12 in six games, that’s two a game.”
Coady’s first-half goal came at the 21:42 mark off a pass from Sam Fletcher.
The Dragons went on a scoring binge in the second, scoring three times in five and half minutes. Kellie Gambell made it 2-0, scoring off an assist from Alex DeFrance with 27:02 left to play.
Less than two minutes later, Coady got her second goal, this time off a pass from Jenny Barbour. Coady finished the scoring explosion with 21:34 left, taking a pass from Gambell for the hat trick.
“In the second half we did a better job of spreading the field and using our speed,” said Libera. “We just wore them down in the second half. It was a solid team effort and a game in which everybody got in the game and that’s good.
Middletown (5-1) had a huge 21-4 shot advantage. DeRoy was kept busy making 12 saves. Middletown keeper Desiree Hinton had three saves, two in the final five minutes of the match.
The win sets up a big game with Berlin Friday at 3:30 at The Stadium. Both teams are undefeated in the CCC South, but Middletown holds an edge because Berlin played Bristol Central to a tie.
“It’s a huge game for us,” said Libera. “They’ve been playing very well lately.”