WESTBROUGH, Mass. — After his team lost two of its first three games, Westborough girls soccer coach Paul Mumby said he felt uneasy about his team's nerves.
Now, following seven straight games without a loss and topped off by the 5-0 dismantling of Quabbin Tuesday, he said he's happy with how his team has come along so far.
"We've got good team chemistry," Mumby said. "We're all on the same page and things are going quite well at the moment."
Westborough (5-2-2) put the game out of reach early, riding a 4-0 lead into halftime behind two goals from freshman Carly Flahive and one each from Julia Heffernan and Olivia McGourty. Mia Natale also added a score late in the second half to reach the final margin.
"Hopefully we haven't exhausted all of our scoring in one go," Mumby said with a laugh.
Westborough 5, Quabbin 2: Westborough boys soccer trailed at halftime, but thanks to a strong day from Cian Merritt and a second-half surge, the Rangers were finally able to do what coach Michael Griffin has been waiting for all year: take advantage of opportunities.
"We worked on finishing yesterday in practice," Griffin said. "It was good to see that they could get the goals today."
Merritt finished with two goals and an assist, Loic Pennick added a goal and an assist. Carter Reynolds and Robby Dorretti scored the final two goals en route to the Rangers' highest scoring output of the season after coming back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits.
"At halftime I had a strong word with them and they came out a much, much better team," Griffin said.
Westborough 3, Wachusett 0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-23): Coach Roger Anderson said he didn't believe his top-ranked Westborough Rangers team would go into a slump after its first loss of the season last week. So much so that most of his starters didn't hit the court for one point of his team's victory over Wachusett Tuesday.
"Philosophically it's important that everybody plays," Anderson said. "We put kids in there tonight that we thought could get the job done, and they did. They're out there practicing every day, they deserve to get a chance to play."
Everyone in the game other than Sarah Anderson was making a first career start. Seniors Charlotte Kruse and Elise Brown led the way for the Rangers (8-1) contributed 11 assists each. With the win Westborough is undefeated (5-0) in Mid-Wach A play. Wachusett drops to 7-3 (2-3).
Anderson said the week's busy schedule also played a role in his decision. His team will face a strong Medway team tomorrow, the defending state champion Marlborough Friday and is competing in a tournament over the weekend.
Boys - Westborough 19, Marlborough 42: Westborough took the top three spots against Marlborough with Eric Latimer (17:12), Mark Aronson (17:20) and Josh Dagle (17:23) leading the charge. The race was 3.1 miles at Veteran's Freedom Park in Westborough.
Girls - Westborough 27, Marlborough 32: Westborough may not have won the race, but they did beat Marlborough Tuesday at Veterans Freedom Park. Helena Wright (21:56), Rachel Harris (21:56) and Erin Reynolds (22:15) came in third, fourth and fifth respectively to lead the Rangers to the aggregate victory.
Westborough 33, Groton-Dunstable 21: Westborough's Mike Rodenbush and Groton's Brendan Hunter shared medalist honors with even-par 35s at Dunroamin Country Club. The Rangers' depth showed again, leading Westborough to another win and a 9-0 record.