Girls soccer: Slim lead does not hold up

Grace Mattison had four shots and four steals for the Weston High girls varsity soccer team in its game at New Fairfield last Saturday, Oct. 13. Weston lost 2-1.—File photo

A second-half lead did not last for the Weston High girls varsity soccer team when it traveled to New Fairfield.

Ahead 1-0, the Trojans appeared to be in good shape on Saturday, Oct. 13. In the last 15 minutes the host Rebels managed to rally in time, scoring twice for a come-from-behind 2-1 win under the lights.

The game featured a number of opportunities for Weston, on offense as well as defense. The missed ones would prove costly.

“I was telling the girls today, the strikers have a chance to score a goal and they don’t.” said Weston head coach Gustavo Reaes. “Our defense has a chance to have two defenders against one offense player and we are getting beat on those plays.”

The first half was scoreless, with both sides coming up empty. It was not until 23:29 remained in the second that the Trojans finally broke through, coming on a series of corner kicks.

On the third corner Weston leading scorer Audrey Dannenbaum picked up her ninth goal of the season. She was assisted by Jordan Isaacs, who leads her team in that department with six.

Such a lead was not safe, however, as the Rebels had plenty of time to respond.

New Fairfield’s Kiana Rugar would find the goal with 15:02 remaining in the second half, making it 1-1. Less than 10 minutes later she found the goal for the second time with 6:23 to go, which also turned out to be the game winner.

“New Fairfield played a very spirited game,” said Reaes. “They were very physical, they controlled the 50/50 balls, they were at their best, and we weren’t. It is better to lose now then lose in the playoffs.”

Dannenbaum had four shots and three steals for Weston while Grace Mattison had four of the former and four of the latter. Alexa Werner and Sydney Allon stepped up on defense with seven steals apiece. Alexa Alwang made three saves in goal

“We just have to go back to playing Weston soccer, playing possession, passing the ball, and being relaxed out on the field.”

Weston got back to its winning ways on Monday when it hosted Brookfield under the lights. This time the Trojans went up 1-0 and made it stick for the victory.

Charlotte Cenatiempo scored for the Trojans, assisted by Mattison. Alwang made nine saves in goal for the shutout.

Weston, now 8-3-3 overall, is at Lauralton Hall today (Thursday) at 4:15 p.m . and hosts Oxford on Monday at 6:45 to end the regular season before starting the South-West Conference playoffs.

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