Fourth-ranked Reading assumed control of the Middlesex League Liberty Division with an impressive 3-0 win over #3 Woburn Wednesday night at Burbank Arena.
“This was a big win for us,” said Reading head coach Mike Golden. “I am so happy for the girls. We knew we could play with them. The girls had this game circled from the beginning of the year. We are at the halfway point in the Middlesex League and we knew if we could beat Woburn, we’d be up two games on two good teams. It would give us a leg up in the second half.”
The Rockets (7-1-2) took control early, dominating the first period and taking a 2-0 lead after the first 15 minutes. Tori Grimmer put Reading on top 1-0 when she roofed a rebound, assisted by Rachel Thomson and Caroline Seibold. Later in the period, while shorthanded, Thomson forced a turnover and fed Ali O’Leary, who went in on a breakaway and scored.
“We did a good job forechecking and put the puck deep,” Golden said. “Their (Woburn) first line is great. Us getting the early lead brought us a certain comfort level. We were able to stay with the game plan. The girls did a tremendous job.”
Early in the second period, Emma McDonagh tipped home a shot from the point to make it a 3-0 game.
“This is my fifth year here and we had only beaten Woburn once, my first game against them,” Golden said. “I think we had gone eight games without a win.”
Things won’t get much easier for Reading, who takes on undefeated Watertown/Belmont on Saturday and then #5 Acton-Boxboro on Monday.
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