MILLBURY, Mass. — The Millbury High boys soccer team defeated Northbridge High, 2-1, with a late rally Thursday evening at Northbridge High School.
Northbridge came in desperate, needing to win three of its remaining four games to qualify for the playoffs, and its play reflected that urgency. The Rams carried the early play and drew first blood when Alex Alfonzo scored in the 10th minute, giving the Rams a 1-0 lead.
Millbury stepped up its game as the first half wore on and had a great chance at point-blank range, but Kyle Santoro was stoned by Northbridge goalie Noah Ratcliffe in the 37th minute. Millbury outshot Northbridge in the half, 5-3.
The Woolies applied more pressure as the second half began and finally broke through when Kyle Santoro scored to knot it up at 1-1 in the 55th minute.
Millbury took the lead for good in the 69th minute when, off of a free kick, Santoro set up Dakota Miller, who leaped and headed the ball past Ratcliffe for what would be the game-winning goal.
The Woolies threatened down the stretch, but there was no further scoring. Millbury had eight second-half shots on goal for a total of 13. Northbridge had four for a total of seven.
With the win, Millbury improves to 13-1-1, 11-1-1 in the SWCL. Northbridge, its hopes of a berth fading, falls to 4-7-4, 4-7-2 in the SWCL.