It took the Weston High girls varsity soccer team some time to settle down in its first couple of games of the season.
Visiting Immaculate last Wednesday, Sept. 12, the Trojans appeared a bit nervous as they took on the defending state Class S champs. Nerves would later give way confidence on their part as they held on for a 1-0 win at Mustang Valley in Danbury.
“You could see they were nervous,” said Weston head coach Gustavo Reaes. “This is a young team.”
While neither side dominated the first half Immaculate did have an advantage in winning 50-50 balls. Each threat, however, was thwarted by the Trojan defense.
The stalemate continued well into the second half. At about 25 minutes in, senior Grace Mattison (Weston’s leading scorer last year) netted the lone goal, coming on an assist by classmate Morgan Moubayed.
The defense continue to hold after that, with Ursula Alwang finishing with four saves in goal for the shutout.
“It takes them a while to get going,” said Reyes. “It’s something we try to fix.”
Hosting Pomperaug three days later the Trojans were again in for close contest, not to mention windy conditions. Although they did manage to score first again Pomperaug responded in the last 10 minutes and things ended in a 1-1 tie.
Both goals were in the second half. Reaes noted Weston had three good opportunities to score but capitalized on just one.
That came when Mattison struck first, this time unassisted at 17 minutes into the half. The lead held for about 15 minutes until the Panthers’ Gretchen Miller netted the equalizer.
Alwang made nine saves in goal for Weston.
“Last year they beat us 3-0,” said Reaes. “It shows how much we’ve improved.”
Weston visits Kolbe-Cathedral today (Thursday) at 4:45 p.m. at Seaside Park and is home to Bethel on Saturday at noon.