More than halfway through the regular season, the Ridgefield High girls soccer team is yet to lose or allow a goal.
With goalie Lauren Castle and defenders Claire Middlebrook, Amelia Hynes, Carrina Dabroi, and Carolyn Donovan combining for another shutout, the Tigers defeated Darien, 2-0, on Saturday in Ridgefield.
The defending Class LL state champs are now 9-0 and have outscored the opposition by a combined 35-0.
“The defense is starting to connect really well; the young players are getting more comfortable and we’re getting to be a cohesive team,” said Middlebrook, a senior captain. “I’m excited to see the team off to a strong start this season …”
Ridgefield did not get off to a good start against Darien. The Blue Wave took numerous shots as the Tigers struggled to keep the ball off their side of the field.
But with 20 minutes remaining, Faith Arnold took a corner kick that Dabroi flicked over to Julia Bragg, who scored to put Ridgefield ahead, 1-0.
A minute later, Meredith Clifford sent a strong shot into the Darien net, but the goal was disallowed due to an offside call on the Tigers.
With a minute remaining in the first half, Ridgefield did double its lead, with Arnold putting a close-range shot past the Darien keeper.
The second half included a robust number shots on goal, but neither team was able to score. Ridgefield’s Tasha Riek had the first and final attempts: Her first shot was snatched up by the Darien goalie, while her final kick sailed just over the net.
Though the back of the net was not involved in the second half, yellow cards were. Darien got a yellow card a couple of minutes into the half, and with five minutes remaining another Darien player collided with Arnold, resulting in yellow cards for both of them.
Notes: Castle made seven saves for the shutout.
Ridgefield took 21 shots, with 15 of those on goal. Caitlin Slaminko had four shots on goal, and Bragg and Middlebrook each had three.