After two lopsided victories, the Ridgefield High girls soccer team faced its first real challenge of the season Thursday evening in its home opener against Trumbull.
The Tigers were up to the task.
Getting first-half goals from Faith Arnold and Caitlin Slaminko, Ridgefield defeated Trumbull, 2-0, at Tiger Hollow, maintaining its unbeaten start to the 2018 season.
“We really wanted to come out strong tonight and make a statement for the whole of the FCIAC,” said junior midfielder Megan Klosowski. “We wanted to show the whole FCIAC we’re here to play.”
The imposing quality of Ridgefield’s tenacious forward line was clear from the opening kickoff, as Slaminko took an early shot that went just wide of the Trumbull net.
Ridgefield (3-0) continued to apply pressure, and Arnold scored the team’s first goal 10 minutes into the game on an assist from Tasha Riek.
The Tigers’ unyielding attack continued to keep the Trumubll defense on its toes, with the hosts firing five more shots on goal.
With five minutes left in the half, Slaminko doubled Ridgefield’s lead by scoring on a well-placed kick into the middle of the Golden Eagles’ net. Claire Middlebrook assisted on the goal, which gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead at the break.
Ridgefield pressed for more goals in the second half but was unable to convert on any of its five shots on goal. In both halves, the Tigers’ speed advantage was evident, with Ridgefield beating Trumbull to almost every ball.
Led by Middlebrook, the Ridgefield defense did well to deny Trumbull from taking quality shots. On the Golden Eagles’ best chance, Ridgefield goalie Lauren Castle made an impressive diving save.
“There was some good team play to break the [Trumbull] defense,” said Ridgefield head coach Coach Iain Golding. “It will obviously take some time to completely gel, but we’re doing that as quick as we can.”