Rain that alternated between drizzles and torrential downpours forced a switch of fields for the Ridgefield High girls soccer team’s home game against Brien McMahon on Tuesday afternoon.
But neither the elements nor the change of scenery could interrupt the Tigers torrid start this season.
Behind two goals from Faith Arnold and one from Caitlin Slaminko, Ridgefield defeated McMahon, 3-0, at Tiger Hollow Field 2.
Ridgefield raised its record to 7-0 with the victory and kept its shutout streak intact — the Tigers have yet to concede a goal in those seven games.
The backline of Claire Middlebrook, Carolyn Donovan, Corrina Dabroi, and Amelia Hynes excelled with aggressive plays to isolate the McMahon players who made it near the Ridgefield net. Dabroi also executed skillful headers to cut off crossing passes.
Ridgefield used a combination of long-range shots and well-timed passing sequences to create scoring chances in the opening half. Slaminko put the Tigers ahead, 1-0, with 12 minutes left before halftime, scoring on a hard shot after getting a pass from Arnold.
Arnold then added both of Ridgefield’s second-half goals to push the lead to 3-0. Slaminko assisted the second of those scores with a cross to Arnold.
“She took her space and took her chances well,” said head coach Iain Golding about Arnold, who placed both shots in the top-left corner of the McMahon goal.
As the second half wound down the ball was often on the Ridgefield side, but goalie Lauren Castle’s ability to stay collected despite numerous McMahon attempts ensured another shutout for the Tigers.
Notes: Ridgefield has now outscored its first seven opponents by a combined 27-0.