Staples girls soccer routs New Canaan
Published 8:21 pm, Tuesday, October 13, 2015
The Staples and New Canaan girls soccer team are entered Tuesday’s match uncertain of their FCIAC playoff futures. Both have battled inconsistent play despite meeting in the conference semifinals a year ago and are battling for one of the final playoff spots with four matches to play.
The picture became slightly clearer for the Wreckers, who downed the Rams 4-1 to improve to 7-4-1 and create a little breathing room. The defeat was the fourth straight for the Rams (5-6).
Four different players scored for Staples, while Eliza Pohle hit a long-range goal for New Canaan.
“It was very important for us,” said forward Charlotte Rossi, who scored for the Wreckers. “We’ve been talking about trying to get all the wins we can. That’s our motivation (to get to FCIACs.).”
The opening two minutes of the match set the tone for the final 78. The Rams had a great chance in front of the next that was shot right at goalie Camryn Ragland, and the Wreckers came right up the field and scored when Olivia Ronca hit an intended cross that looped into the net.
“It sums up our season as well,” New Canaan coach Kirk Bamford said. “We seem to be very unfortunate; we seem to be giving away goals you don’t wish to be giving away. It’s a little bit disappointing but we have to roll up our sleeves up and get back to basics.”
Staples doubled its advantage before 10 minutes were off the clock, with the pacey Ivy Prince breaking away from the Rams defense and finished past New Canaan goalie Katie Donovan. Pohle got New Canaan back into the match 15 minutes before halftime with a goal that sparked the Rams, who controlled the last part of the first half.
The Wreckers came out in the second half and put the game away, though. Erin Lynch poked home a cross from the corner six minutes into the second half to give her team a 3-1 lead.
“After that (goal) it gave them a bit of momentum,” Staples coach Barry Beattie said. “They controlled the last 13 minutes of the first half, but I think overall we had the (majority) of the play there.”
The Wreckers put the game away in style to make it 4-1. Rossi picked up the ball on the counter attack at the halfway line and set the speedy Lydia Shaw on her way. After Shaw made several defenders miss waiting for teammates to arrive, she found a charging Rossi at the top of the box and she finished with a low shot.
“Lydia and I are very good in syncing up in that situation,” Rossi said. “We’ve had multiple goals where it’s been a combination and one of us finishes. My instinct is to stand and watch, but I knew that time I knew I had to get down there and it was being at the right place at the right time.”
With his team’s season at a crossroads, Bamford’s post game team talk was lengthy and included a very simple message.
“We have to be on our mettle and keep buckling down and improving our game from an individual and collective basis,” Bamford said.
The game was part of the Wreckers’ Pink Out campaign designed to raise money for breast cancer research.
Staples 4, New Canaan 1
NEW CANAAN 1 0 -- 1
STAPLES 2 2 --4
Records: New Canaan 5-6; Staples 7-4-1
Goals: NC—Eliza Pohle; S—Olivia Ronca, Erin Lynch, Charlotte Rossi, Ivy Prince. Assists: S—Tia Zajec, Lydia Shaw. Goalies: NC - Katie Donovan (3 saves); S -- Camryn Ragland (2 saves). Shots: NC -- 5; S -- 9.