Staples girls soccer edges Ridgefield in wild contest
Updated 7:52 am, Saturday, September 19, 2015
It’s still early in the season, but it appears that when the Staples girls soccer team takes the field, there will be plenty of goals scored.
The Wreckers dropped their season-opener against Trumbull 3-2, and erupted for four goals in a 4-3 thriller with Ridgefield on Friday afternoon at Loeffler Field.
“She’s been working on that in practice,” Staples coach Barry Beattie said. “We’ve been talking about her delivinging it right on top of the goalkeeper; she hit 10 of them and scored three direct. The fact that it comes in the game looks like a mishit to everyone else; it was an absolute delight to me.”
Under normal circumstances that would be the highlight of the match, but earlier in the game Charlotte Rossi scored one of her two goals from a free kick from 35 yards out. Her other goal also came off a free kick from a sharp angle that temporarily gave Staples a 3-1 lead in the second half.
“I love taking those big shots,” Rossi said. “I love to kick the ball far, I saw the open net and just placed it there.”
Lydia Shaw scored in the fifth minute to set the tone for would be a wild contest. Ridgefield’s Sarah Battipaglia struck a shot into the corner to tie the match before Rossi’s long-distance goal gave the Wreckers a 2-1 halftime lead.
“Even at 3-1 (Ridgefield) had a lot of the play,” Beattie said. “Credit to them for applying the pressure and taking the goals that they did; thankfully we recovered.”
Ridgefield (0-1-1) fought back with two goals, the second of which came from Katie Jasminski early in the second half to tie the match at three. The teams went back-and-forth for most of the last 20 minutes, with Amacker’s strike the only thing separating the teams.
“They just scored one more than us,” Ridgefield coach Alex Harrison said. “We’re not going to concede those goals every week. At the start of the season I’ll take it; at the end of the season it would be a little tougher.”
Coupled with a 4-0 win over Stamford on Tuesday, the Wreckers have scored 10 times in three games so far this season.
RIDGEFIELD 1 2—3
STAPLES 3 1—4
Records: Ridgefield 0-1-1, Staples 2-1
Goals: R—Sarah Battipaglia, Katie Jasminski 2; S—Lydia Shaw, Charlotte Rossi 2, Annie Amacker. Goalies: R—Julia Middlebrook (5 saves); S—Anna Sivinski (5 saves). Shots: R—10; S—11.