The Fairfield Warde girls soccer team's goal in its senior night game with Wilton was to win the game for the seniors.

Winning it to get into the FCIAC playoffs would help too.

Either way, win they did as Maggie Allen scored and the Mustangs' defense frustrated the Warriors' offense in a 1-0 win for Warde on Wednesday night at Tetreau/Davis Field.

"It's good to get that win," Warde head coach Tom Cunningham said. "It's a huge victory, especially in the FCIAC picture."

Ali Rocchi stopped three shots in her final regular season home game as goalkeeper.

"This is our last game on the turf," Rocchi said. "We told the girls before the game that a win would be nice."

The Mustangs earned three big points to remain three points ahead of ninth placed Staples and are now four points ahead of Wilton for the final

FCIAC playoff spot. Warde

sits with 22 FCIAC points

in a tie for seventh place with Darien.

"We created some separation between us and Wilton," Cunningham said. "Hopefully we can build off of this."

The Mustangs had a strong number of chances in the first half as both Keegan Thimons and Caroline Lutz got chances in the first 20 minutes of action. Lutz's free kick was stopped by Wilton's goalkeeper

Elizabeth Reda in the 20th minute.

Warde took the lead in the 30th minute when Allen found herself unmarked in the box after teammate Taylor Bargmann cross the ball from the wing to the box. Allen located the ball and booted it off of Reda's hands and into the goal to put Warde ahead 1-0.

"It was exciting," Allen said. "It was good for us to do this for the seniors."

From there, Rocchi and the Mustangs' defense took over. Junior Sam Sheetz snuffed out an opportunity in the final 10 seconds of the first half to keep the Warde lead.

Cunningham subbed his backs in and out to keep them fresh. Warde also used five defenders in the second half to keep Wilton's offense from getting near the goal.

"Everyone that went back there did a great job," Cunningham said.

Rocchi saved the shutout when she stopped a Wilton chance on a freekick in the 61st minute. Wilton also had a

few chances in the final 10 minutes, but could not put a shot on goal.

"Our defense was so solid back there," Rocchi said. "The defense definitely made it easier for me back there."

Warde will look to increase its odds of reaching the FCIAC playoffs on Monday when the Mustangs will play at Westhill at 4 p.m.