Girls soccer: Second half goes awry

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Some tough first-half defense on the part of the Weston High girls varsity soccer team eventually gave way in the second in its game at Joel Barlow last week.

Despite taking on an opponent that was averaging better than four goals per game the Trojans survived every offensive threat in the first 40 minutes. But when the Falcons had a few more scoring opportunities in the second they did not waste them, shutting out the visitors 4-0 on Friday, Oct. 5.

It also marked the first time this season Weston has been held scoreless.

“We were due to have a bad half this season,” said Weston head coach Gustavo Reaes. “That was our worst half.”

While Barlow did outplay the Trojans in the first half in terms of possession it had little to show for it, coming up empty each time. A couple of breaks early in the second changed the course of the game.

Within the first 10 minutes the Falcons scored twice, both coming on set plays. A direct kick by Bea Blackwell found Tiffany Fernandes, who beat Weston keeper Ursula Alwang for the goal.

Less than a minute later Hannah Brozdowski sent a corner kick to Kathleen DeBellis at the far post that resulted in the Falcons’ second goal.

A shot by Grace Blackwell from just inside the 18-yard box found its way into the net and the Falcons added one more when she found Brett Matske, who slid the ball into the back of the net.

Alwang made 13 saves for Weston, which had much better luck when it visited Bunnell on Monday. It controlled the ball most of the time, creating several opportunities in a 4-2 win.

“We kept possession of the ball,” said Reaes. “We played really well.”

The Trojans took the lead in the first half but the Bulldogs responded on a tally by Kacie O’Neill. Before halfttime arrived the visitors were back in the lead again at 2-1.

Two more Weston goals followed when play resumed to put things out of reach although the Bulldogs did get in the last word with a goal by Samantha Shultz to make the score final.

Alwang made four saves in goal for Weston, now 6-2-3 overall. It hosts New Milford today (Thursday) at 6:45 p.m., is at New Fairfield on Saturday at 6 p.m. and hosts Brookfield on Monday at 6:45.

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