The Fairfield Warde girls soccer team did everything it could to compete with unbeaten St. Joseph on Monday.

Yet, a sloppy first half was too much to overcome.

The Cadets tallied a pair of first half goals, and held on to improve to 10-0 with a 3-2 victory over the Mustangs at Indian Ledge Park.

"We made a few mistakes in the first half," Warde coach Tom Cunningham said. "A 3-2 result against one of the top teams in the

FCIAC...there's a lot of positives to take away from that.."

Emily Pullen notched both goals for Warde as it fell for the first time in five contests. Julia Delaney and Keegan Thimons each had assists in the game.

"The girls made great adjustments in the second half," Cunningham said. "They battled back, which is what we needed to do."

But Cadets' junior forward Sylvia Yanez--playing in her first game in three contests due to a knee injury-- scored twice and sophomore

Sam Grasso had a goal and two assists for St. Joseph.

(Grasso) is a very talented player," Cunningham said. "She's quick, she's great with the ball."

Yanez and Grasso each scored goals in the first 30 minutes. Yanez's shot went through the legs of Warde's Katie Brennan to put the Cadets up 1-0. Grasso's speed served as the catalyst for St. Joseph's second goal when she took a long ball, beat two Warde defenders and left footed a shot by Brennan to put St. Joseph up 2-0.

"(Grasso) made things happen in the first half," Cunningham said.

Pullen cut the Cadets' lead in half early in the second when she headed Delaney's cross by Cadets' goalkeeper Molly Meehan to get Warde to within 2-1.

The Mustangs gained some glorious opportunities trailing by one in the second frame, but could not find the back of the net. St. Joseph countered and Yanez potted her second goal in the 75th minute to give St. Joseph breathing room and a 3-1 lead.

Pullen's second goal came on a pass from Thimons when she left-footed a shot by Meehan in the waning seconds.

"Hopefully we can take some of that momentum there in the second half into our next game,"

Cunningham said. "We need to keep working on the offensive side."

Warde plays again tonight when it hosts Trumbull at Tetreau/Davis Field at 7 p.m.