Girls soccer roundup / Mustangs gallop to a perfect start
Published 3:35 pm, Thursday, September 18, 2014
With a solid blend of talent and depth, the Warde girls' soccer team has jumped out of the blocks, winning its opening three games of the season.
"It's been a great start to the year," Mustangs head coach Tom Cunningham said. "I think we have a very good mix with eight seniors and some really good young players. We've got experience."
Warde opened with a 1-0 win over Westhill and then rolled past Norwalk 6-0 and just defeated Darien 3-0. The Mustangs are home today to face Trinity Catholic today at 4 p.m.
"You never know what's going to happen early in the season, but beating Westhill was a big win for us," Cunningham said. "And Darien, that was a big win too. We knew we had to play well and play hard in order to have a chance and the team did just that. Am I surprised? No."
That's because Warde returns several veterans, including senior forward Virginie Larouche, who had a goal and an assist against the Blue Wave on Monday and added three assists versus Norwalk. Senior Meredith Nerreau and junior Hannah Allen each had a goal against Darien while in that game against Norwalk, senior Nell Carpenter scored twice, with junior Jenn Maldonado, sophomore Anna Glovin, junior Taylor Gabrenas and Allen adding single tallies.
"Virginie's able to create opportunities for herself all over the field. She's really solid," said Cunningham.
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The defense is also solid for the Mustangs, led by junior goalkeeper Mollie Kerrigan, whose "made several key stops in big moments" said Cunningham.
The team's lone freshman on the roster, Lauren Tangley, is playing center midfield and "keeps control of the game," according to Cunningham, while Glovin "has really stepped up her game," said the coach.
"It's early, but we're heading in the right direction," Cunningham said. "We're deep and talented."
LUDLOWE EVENS MARK
Three games into the season and Ludlowe girls' soccer coach Kate Dawson has seen it all. A loss, a win and a tie.
The Falcons (1-1-1) opened the season with a tough 1-0 setback at Danbury before rebounding to beat Bridgeport Central 5-0 at Taft Field. On Monday, Ludlowe battled to a 0-0 tie with Trumbull and looked ahead to games against Wilton and St. Joseph.
"I think right now we're just struggling to put together a full game of soccer," Dawson said after the Trumbull match. "I'm seeing improvement in the team in possession and playing quality soccer, unfortunately we're struggling to score goals."
Ludlowe has been held scoreless in two of its opening three games, despite the fact that the team has solid offensive players in forwards Kaela Martin, Grace Bentley and Morgan Quinn, along with midfielders Clare Mengel, Kalee Brannen "We absolutely do (have goal scorers)," Dawson said. "And they're getting opportunities, unfortunately we're just a little unlucky right now."
Against Trumbull, the Falcons came out somewhat slow and allowed the Golden Eagles to dictate play. Halftime adjustments reversed that style.
"For me, the second half was some of the best soccer I've seen them play," Dawson said. "So, with each game I'm seeing improvement. We're right where we need to be, we just have to focus on putting the ball in the net."
N.D. WINS PAIR
The Lancers opened their season with two impressive wins, 5-0 over Law last week and 8-0 over Kolbe Tuesday. Samantha LaValle scored twice against Kolbe added a goal against Law.
Brianna D'Arcangelo netted two scores versus Kolbe, as did Katie Ciufo. Olivia Henrietta, Jillian Howe.