New Canaan, Ridgefield girls soccer battle to scoreless tie, declared FCIAC co-champions
NORWALK -- Neither team yielded. Neither team relented. Neither team scored. And in the end, neither team celebrated.
New Canaan and Ridgefield battled to a scoreless double-overtime tie in Wednesday's FCIAC girls soccer final at Norwalk's Sam Testa Field and were declared co-champions.
The FCIAC does not use penalty kicks to decide a winner.
"I don't think we are going to be satisfied with being co-champions right now, but in two or three weeks I'm sure we will look at it and be proud," Ridgefield coach Robb Banyai said. "I guess we'd rather share than nothing. It's just too bad when a game like this, between the two best teams in the FCIAC, ends emotionless."
From New Canaan's side of the field, the Rams may not have scored, but it wasn't due to a lack of effort.
"I honestly think we did everything in our power to score tonight," New Canaan co-captain and center-defender Frederique Kemp said. "I'm kind of at a loss for words -- 100 minutes is a lot of time to play and we were getting tired. By the second overtime I think that I was more worried about them not scoring."
The chances came early and often in the first half. No. 2 New Canaan, utilizing the individual skill of Liz Bruno and Caroline Murray up front, nearly got on the scoreboard in the 10th minute when Kemp's corner kick landed on Murray's head at the near post. Her shot beat Ridgefield goalkeeper Rebecca Curso, but hit the post and the Tigers, the No. 1 seed, were able to clear.
New Canaan put the ball in the back of the net three minutes later when Kasey Pippitt, who freed herself of her defender at the back post, got her head to a Kemp freekick sent in from the right side of the goalbox. Unfortunately for the Rams, the linesman's flag went up immediately, signaling an offside, disallowing the goal.
"I saw the flag go up right after I hit the ball," Kemp said. "So I was just waiting for the whistle. I knew it wouldn't count."
Ridgefield had its chances, hitting a post of its own in the 21st minute on a set piece off the head of Carolyn Sanderude.
New Canaan 0 0 0 0--0
Ridgefield 0 0 0 0--0
Records: R 19-1-2. NC 15-1-3
Goalies: R--Rebecca Curso (8 saves). NC--Holly Burwick (9 saves)