Unbeaten Ridgefield girls soccer team routs Danbury

So far this season, the zeroes are in the right place for the Ridgefield High girls soccer team.

Through their first four games, the Tigers are 4-0 and have outscored the opposition by a combined margin of 20-0.

Ridgefield’s ability to dominate all over the field was on display Saturday at home, as the Tigers routed Danbury, 6-0.

“Obviously we’re working hard defensively, we’re working hard offensively,” said Ridgefield head coach Iain Golding “We’re working on the pieces to make sure we’re doing well.”

The Tigers got three goals in each half on Saturday against Danbury, which remained winless (0-4) this year.

For the second straight game, Faith Arnold began the scoring for Ridgefield. Arnold’s powerful shot to the right corner was too swift for Danbury goalie Ty’Lynn Ith, putting the Tigers ahead 1-0 less than 10 minutes into the contest.

The lead was doubled a few minutes later when Meredith Clifford scored on an assist from Claire Middlebrook.

Ridgefield’s offense maintained the pressure on the Danbury defense but was temporarily denied by Its, who made several leaping saves, including a nice stop on Gracie Girvalo’s shot.

But the relentless Tigers were rewarded in the final minute of the opening half, with freshman Julia Bragg scoring on a well-placed shot off a breakaway.

Much of Ridgefield’s offensive and defensive success has to do with its speed and aggressiveness. “We can outhustle girls,” said junior Caitlin Slaminko. “That’s proably our strength.”

After Grace Michalowski made it 4-0 early in the second half, Middlebrook scored the next goal off Arnold’s corner kick.

Ridgefield’s final goal came with under 10 minutes to play. Second-half Danbury goalie Jenna Ferrandino stopped an initial shot but the rebound went to Slaminko, who converted for a 6-0 lead.

Notes: Ridgefield goalie Kelly Chittenden needed to make only save to record the shutout.

Danbury goalies Ith (11) and Ferrandino (three) combined for 14 saves.

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Faith Arnold (left) battles a Danbury player for possession during Ridgefield's 6-0 win. — Scott Mullin photo
Faith Arnold (left) battles a Danbury player for possession during Ridgefield’s 6-0 win. — Scott Mullin photo

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