At a chilly Tiger Hollow, the Ridgefield High girls soccer team ended the regular season with a 6-0 rout of Fairfield Warde on Monday night.
It was the third straight 6-0 win for the Tigers, who take a 13-2-1 record into the postseason. Ridgefield is seeded third in the FCIAC playoffs and will host either Wilton or Trumbull in a quarterfinal contest this Thursday (time TBA).
The Tigers played well from the start of Monday’s game against visiting Warde. Ridgefield’s backline of Claire Middlebrook, Amelia Hynes, Carrina Dabroi, and Eva McKinley maintained possession, limiting Warde’s opportunities to shoot. When the defenders sent transition passes forward, the Tigers’ offense took off.
“Going forward we attack with a lot of speed, and there’s a lot of purpose in how we attacked,” said Ridgefield head coach Iain Golding
Tasha Riek played a cross to Caitlin Slaminko, who crossed the ball back again to Faith Arnold for Ridgefield’s first goal. With five minutes left in the opening half, Riek made it 2-0 by scoring on a shot from close range while sandwiched between Warde defenders. Slaminko got her second assist of the game on the goal.
The Tigers were more dominating in the second half, adding four unanswered goals. Slaminko scored on the rebound of a shot off the Warde goalie’s hand, and less than a minute later Middlebrook converted a penalty kick following a Warde foul in the box.
Two minutes later, Slaminko scored on an assist from Julia Bragg to put the Tigers ahead 5-0.
Ridgefield’s final goal came with two minutes to play, as Mackenzie Robson scored on a high shot from the left side.