For the Fairfield Ludlowe girls soccer team, it took a monumental break to snap its six-game unbeaten streak.

Fortunately for its crosstown rival, Warde, the break was just what it needed.

The Mustangs scored on a goal off of Falcons' sophomore Ally Doyle, and Warde goalkeeper Brielle Lanese stopped nine shots as Warde beat Ludlowe, 1-0 on Tuesday night at Tetreau/Davis Field.

"It's a great game," Warde coach Tom Cunningham said. "It's a great feeling to win any game in the FCIAC, but crosstown rival, it means a lot to the girls."

Warde beat its crosstown rival for the first time since 2006. The Mustangs had gone 0-1-2 since their only victory over Ludlowe.

"It was awesome," Warde's Taylor Bargmann said.

The Falcons had several chances, including Jen Markelz' shot off of the crossbar in the 26th minute. Ludlowe earned three corner kicks in the first half, and out shot Warde, but could not get on the board.

"I thought we were OK in the first half," Ludlowe coach Tony Samuelian said. "We struggled to put the ball in the box."

Mary Kamovich also had a pair of chances, including one inside the final 10 minutes of the game, but was snuffed out by Lanese. Catherine Rooney also had a chance to tie the score in the final 10 minutes, but was turned aside by Lanese.

"I was a little nervous," Lanese said. "I was determined not to let anything go in."

Lanese also maintained the clean sheet, despite having to deal with slick elements on both the field and the ball. A mist and light rain made the surfaces of each inconsistent.

"The ball was a lot slipperier," Lanese said. "It had a funky spin on it, which was challenging."

"Brielle has done a tremendous job for us all year," Cunningham said.

The lone goal of the game came in the 59th minute, when Bargmann served a corner kick into the box. Doyle attempted to clear it over the net, but instead the Ludlowe defender put it passed goalkeeper Blakely Zecher and into the net.

"We worked a lot on corner kicks," Cunningham said. "We got a fortunate bounce for us ... we finally got one our way."

"I didn't even know what to do," Bargmann said. "It was great."

For Ludlowe, it was the second own goal of the season. The Falcons lost to Greenwich on Sept. 23, 2-1, because of an own goal.

"We lost that game on an own goal," Samuelian said. "This is the best defensive team we've ever had."

Warde's win boosted it to 27 points and placed it into a tie with No. 7 seeded Staples The Mustangs closed their season with Brien McMahon yesterday in a game that was completed too late for press time. If Warde won that, it would move to the FCIAC playoffs which begin on Saturday.

"The girls knew how important the three points were," Cunningham said. "They took care of it on the field."

"We needed this to get into FCIACs," Bargmann said.

The loss for Ludlowe eliminated it from FCIAC playoff contention. The Falcons will now set their sights on the Class LL playoffs, which begin on Nov. 9. Samuelian was quick to point out that the Falcons have reached at least the state quarterfinals in three of the five years in which Ludlowe has had a program.

"We've, traditionally, been a very good tournament team," Samuelian said. "If we can take anything from this, we'll be alright come tournament time."