Girls soccer: Wilton downs Ludlowe, 3-1
First-year head coach John Salvatore is perfect through two games as the Wilton High girls soccer team ran its 2013 record to 2-0 with a 3-1 win over Fairfield Ludlowe in a weather-shortened contest Thursday at Kristine Lilly Field.
The Warriors, whose lineup sports only four seniors, had picked up their first victory of the year on Wednesday with a convincing 9-1 win over host Bridgeport Central.
In Wilton's home opener, Haley English pounded a hard shot into the back of the net to give her team a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute of play.
Hannah Maatallah and Rebecca Hersch had good looks to increase the lead but were off the mark, as the Warriors kept the pressure on the Ludlowe keeper the entire first half. Wilton dominated play and possession, with most of the action occurring in the Warrior offensive zone.
Cecily Freliech was in goal for Wilton and went untested in the opening 40 minutes, as the Warriors carried the 1-0 lead into the half.
Anytime there is a coaching change, it usually takes the team some time to adjust to the new coach’s style of play and coaching. But the Warriors seemed composed and demonstrated excellent organized play in the first half. Passes up the field had a purpose, and the team looked as though it was in mid-season form. The back line was also solid, led by Mckenna Pearsall and Maatallah.
Sophomore Zoe Lamason gave her team a 2-0 lead with a goal in the 49th minute, assisted by senior co-captain Allie Furlo. Furlo split two Ludlowe defenders and dribbled the ball wide of the net. The Ludlowe defense got back and cut off Furlo's path to the net, so she stopped, pulled the ball back, and centered to Lamason. Lamason placed her shot to the far corner, just out of reach of the diving Fairfield goalie.
In the 51st minute, it was Furlo’s turn to score, assisted by Annika Sheehan. The play started with a throw-in deep in the offensive zone that went to Sheehan. Sheehan crossed to Furlo, who put her shot over the goalie's head.
Ludlowe got a goal back to make it 3-1 in the 59th minute, but the game was called with 14:06 left on the clock, as the first boom of thunder was heard in the distance. The teams cleared the field and the game was officially called after the thunder continued.