The Fairfield Warde field hockey team statistically out-played its opponent, Westhill, but the breaks simply didn't fall the Mustangs way.

Cam Shamsky scored twice for Westhill and assisted on Ashley Rich's game-winner with just 24 seconds to play in regulation, as the Vikings outlasted Fairfield Warde 3-2 on Wednesday at Westhill High School.

Sarah Ehrlich stopped eight shots as Westhill won for the first time since Sept. 24. The Vikings had not beaten an FCIAC opponent since their 1-0 win over Greenwich on Sept. 22.

"They've had a couple of games where things didn't go their way," Warde coach Jodie Shannon said. "We were trying to feed off that."

Megan Hines and Lindsay Adams scored the Mustangs goals just 1:23 apart as Warde quickly turned a two-goal deficit into a 2-2 tie with just 10 minutes to go in the contest.

"We out-shot them and out-played them," Shannon said. "Unfortunately their shots went in."

Despite being out-shot, the Vikings notched the game's first goal when Shamsky found the ball in a net-mouth scramble, to cage her third goal of the season and put Westhill on top 1-0.

Shamsky tallied her second of the game and fourth of the year when countering off a Warde rush, she blasted the ball by Warde goalie Lindsey Lopes to put the Vikings ahead 2-0.

But just 50 seconds later, Hines scored, on a penalty corner to put the Mustangs on the board. Adams' goal came less than two minutes later on a shot that went over Ehrlich's shoulder, but was counted because it deflected off a Westhill defender's stick.

"Getting the goals has been the problem, getting the shots hasn't been," Shannon said. "It was nice to see us at least get a couple in."

The Vikings had a goal disallowed just two minutes later because the ball was deflected in by a Westhill player, whose stick was too high.

The Mustangs out-shot the Vikings 10-9, and earned 14 penalty corners to Westhill's five, but with less than a minute to go, the Vikings broke out into the Warde zone, and Shamsky found Rich for the go-ahead goal with 23.7 seconds to play.

"Their shots were good," Shannon said. "Their breakaways were really good. I think our defense just played frantic."

The Mustangs get no rest, as they'll travel on Thursday to current Class L No. 3 seed Cheshire and play the Rams at 4 p.m.

"Cheshire is having an awesome year," Shannon said. "We just need to step up on the moment."

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