The teams played with a pink ball and Warde wore pink jerseys for the "Kick It for a Cure" breast cancer game.
Dawson admitted she was disappointed that her club couldn't beat the previously unbeaten Mustangs.
"I'm disappointed that we didn't get the win," she said. "We came in with the intensity level ... it's definitely frustrating."
Ludlowe's first-year coach challenged her team to blemish Warde's goals-against, and believes her club must continue to work on finishing goals.
"I said to the girls `I challenge you to score a goal,'" Dawson said. "We came up empty, but we had our opportunities."
Both sides had strong student turn-outs despite less-than-stellar conditions.
It rained on-and-off and was foggy at Tetreau/Davis Field. The rain picked up more in the second half -- the conditions were better than at the infamous snow-game these teams played three years ago -- but it was a lousy night weather-wise.
Warde's fan base sang songs and displayed an American flag. The Ludlowe students were quieter, but did verbalize chants of their own.
The conditions didn't help but both coaches admitted that nerves came into play.
Neither side's played in front of that crowd this year. Plus the drama of battling your crosstown-rival in a town like Fairfield enhances the stakes.
"Anytime you're playing here and you're playing your crosstown-rival ... I think that the girls took a little time to settle and find their poise," Dawson said. "We had a hard time finding our rhythm tonight in difficult conditions and it's intense."
Cunningham has become accustomed to this.
"This game is always that way," Cunningham said. "It doesn't matter who has the better team ... throw everything out the window."
Warde is going to concede a goal at some point this year.
Warde's played nine straight spotless regular season games dating back to Oct. 24, 2011 against Darien.
But the Mustangs have an exceedingly difficult week coming ahead. They host Ridgefield Saturday, St. Joseph Tuesday and trek to Trumbull on Thursday.
I'd imagine one of those three will pot one, and could even deal Warde its first loss.
Cunningham admitted that while the Falcons have a lesser record than his club, they've also played a more difficult schedule to-date.
"They've played some tough teams and that's why their record is the way it is," he said. "We've had a couple easier games, so you can't take the record totally into effect."
The Falcons have lost two games-- both one-goal losses to St. Joes and Greenwich, respectively-- and now have tied Ridgefield and Warde.
That's pretty good.