Lady Trojan booters hope to bounce back
Soccer can be a fickle game.
The Weston girls soccer team found that out Monday in a 3-1 home loss to New Fairfield. Weston dropped to 5-8 with the loss but what made the setback so befuddling was a win would have placed the team only one tie away from a Class M playoff berth.
And after the Lady Trojans' 3-2 win at Bunnell Oct. 13, they looked like they were on the cusp of making states. Weston did lose 1-0 at New Milford Saturday but the New Fairfield Lady Rebels should have been an easier opponent. The Lady Trojans jumped out to a 1-0 lead over the Lady Rebels when junior Grace Mattison scored off a feed from senior captain Rachel Lugossy, but things went downhill for the hostesses after that.
"We played against a good physical team that beat us to the ball," Weston coach Gustavo Reaes.
Proof of it was New Fairfield committing 24 fouls and the Lady Trojans being whistled for only four.
"The referees did a good job of controlling the game," Reaes said. "We have to find a way to get around these teams."
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Senior captain Maggie Maretz made five saves against the Lady Rebels. Maretz came up with seven saves against New Milford and three in the win over Bunnell.
"We did feel good about our game against Bunnell but tonight was a huge letdown," Maretz said. "Bunnell is a better team than New Fairfield, and we had a good game against Bunnell, but a bad game against New Fairfield."
One problem for Weston was it may have taken New Fairfield lightly.
"We were expecting an easy game tonight and we were surprised," Lugossy said.
Lady Trojan senior captain Erika Wollman said, "We didn't play our game. We played for five minutes. We are so much better than what we showed. We just kicked the ball around."
The matchup may have psyched Weston out. Once the Lady Rebels picked it up, they took control of the game and capitalized on their chances.
"They came out with intensity and they were more physical than us," Lugossy said. "We were more skilled. Hard work beats skill and talent all the time."
Against Bunnell, Mattison scored two goals, one from Lugossy and the other from sophomore Whitney Farber. Lugossy had Weston's other goal. Maretz made three saves.