Having two starting players out may not have been the deciding factor but it made it all the more difficult for the Weston High girls soccer team in the second round of the state Class M tournament on Monday.
The 16th-ranked Trojans were without senior captain Sydney Allon, who tore ligaments in her knee in the South-West Conference quarterfinals, on defense and junior Shelby Merberg, who also had knee issues. It was an uphill battle as they fell 4-0 to top-ranked, defending champ Northwest Catholic in West Hartford to end the season.
“They have been playing together for a while,” said Weston head coach Gustavo Reaes, noting his opponent’s level of skill. “You can tell.”
On paper, it should have been a much closer game when Weston hosted 17th-seeded East Catholic of Manchester in the first round last Friday. Yet the Trojans dominated in a 4-0 win that Reaes described as a team effort.
The scoring started at the 20:10 mark in the first half when Hannah Campos scored a goal to make it 1-0, one of two first half goals for the Trojans. The second came off an Alexa Werner corner kick which was turned into a goal by Whitney Farber, who was making her first appearance since fracturing her wrist in the second game of the season. Werner was awarded the assist, and the score was 2-0 with 6:30 left in the half.
Jordan Isaacs scored early in the second half, just about a minute and ten seconds in to make it 3-0. About five minutes later the Trojans came up with a defensive save as goalie Ursula Alwang was not in the net while trying to play the ball.
Farber found the net for the second time in the match with 13:08 remaining to make it 4-0 on a penalty kick
“Our best play came out from the players that came from the bench,” said Reaes. “Heather Campos scored the first goal from an outside shot. It goes to show that you got to have more than 11 players. We have 27 players that can step in at any time.
“We definitely miss Sydney,” he continued. “We can see that not having a captain on defense there is not enough communication back there. But Whitney came back from injury.”
Weston finishes the season at 10-6-3, an improvement from last season. Along the way it also qualified for both the SWC and Class M tournaments.
“We achieved all the goals we had in the pre-season,” said Reaes. “I’m very pleased. I can’t wait until next year.”