Warde girls soccer dominates Ludlowe
In the short history of Ludlowe-Warde girls soccer games since Fairfield High School split into two, it's a rare occasion when the game does not end in a draw.
So the last thing any coach or player on either bench expected to see Saturday was a one-sided game.
But Warde traveled to Taft Field and went home with a 4-0 win over its crosstown rival, Ludlowe.
"It's definitely a huge shock, I don't think any of us were expecting that to happen," Warde senior forward Molly Robb. "For years before last year it was a tie every year. So when we won 1-0 last year it was huge."
Warde came out strong from the start, and Cate Allen beat Ludlowe goalie Bridget Clarke 57 seconds into the game to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead.
"That early goal definitely helped," Warde head coach Tom Cunningham said. " Ludlowe battled for the entire game, but if you're put on your heels like that early, it's tough to come back."
Having a goal scored against them that early into the game left Ludlowe stunned.
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"That's a tough thing in a game like this," Ludlowe head coach Tony Samuelian said. "We didn't even know where to go with that. I don't have to say much about the lineup we put out there. It's an interesting lineup for a variety of reasons."
The Falcons are missing five starters due to a variety of injuries, but Sameulian said that can't be used as an excuse for his team's loss. But Sameulian did concede that it's hard to throw five new players into a lineup and have them immediately jel as a unit.
"We knew Warde was good, but we played catch-up and we can't play that way," Sameulian said. "We had a lot of young kids out there who don't know what (varsity) is all about and they got thrown into the mix immediately. It's a total learning experience for us."
Emily Pullen added goals at 26:14 and 24:44 in the first half to put the game out of reach, and Robb scored with 11:05 left in the game to complete the scoring.
Pullen agreed that the difference between Warde and Ludlowe had nothing to do with on-field talent, but with Ludlowe's inability to play together as a unit.
"We really worked together as a team. We made our passes and we communicated," Pullen said. "There was nothing bad about (Ludlowe), we just worked as a team."
The win for Warde came just four days after a 1-1 tie with league powerhouse Staples, and allowed the Mustangs to raise its record to 3-2-1.
Cunningham said his team's recent success should help it understand it can compete with the top teams in the FCIAC.
"Going into Staples and getting a tie and then coming here and getting the win is really big for us," Cunningham said. "Hopefully it's the turning point in our season that we've been looking for."
Ludlowe dropped for the second time, but defeated Central, 6-0 on Monday to improve to 4-2-1.