Ridgefield edges Danbury, 2-1
The Ridgefield High field hockey team got its desired outcome last Tuesday, even if the path was thornier than expected.
After scoring the game’s first two goals, Ridgefield held on for a 2-1 victory over Danbury at Tiger Hollow.
“We’re naturally pleased with tonight’s win but we did want to score a lot more,” Ridgefield head coach Jessica Smith said. “The ball was in our offensive end for most of the night but we didn’t connect some of those opportunities.”
The Tigers did more scoring in their next two games, blasting Stamford, 8-1, on Thursday and doubling up Fairfield Warde, 4-2, on Saturday.
With the three wins, Ridgefield improved its record to 4-1-0-1 going into yesterday’s home game against Wilton.
Ridgefield maintained possession for much of the first half against Danbury, taking an early 1-0 lead. Sophomore Izzy Redrup relayed the ball to senior co-captain Cate Irving, who converted from the post.
The Tigers racked up 12 shots during the contest but translated only one other into a goal. Roughly 15 minutes after Irving’s score, senior Abby Winkler made it 2-0 by putting the ball in the Danbury net following a scramble off a corner.
Despite being outplayed and trailing by two goals, the Hatters responded with renewed vitality in the second half.
A strong defensive effort from Ridgefield’s Bailey Harriot stopped Danbury’s initial scoring attempts, but Brooke Kuehn was able to score a goal that cut the Tigers’ lead in half.
Re-energized, Danbury continued to apply pressure while chasing the tying goal. But the Tigers held strong to come away with the win.
“There were definitely some challenges with an excited Danbury [team] and some difficult calls, but we have to focus on what we can control,” Smith said. “We know we’re capable of a very competitive level, so we’ll take this win and learn from it for the rest of the season.”
Notes: Irving scored four goals and added two assists in Ridgefield’s 8-0 road win over Stamford.
Aerin Krys contributed two goals and two assists; Redrup had two goals and an assist; and Julia Carrozza supplied two assists.
Bella Carrozza, Riley Peters, Krys, and Irving scored one goal apiece in the home victory over Fairfield Warde.
Krys, Redrup and Irving all had one assist.