Irving scores twice in Ridgefield win over McMahon

In the end, the end result was what mattered.

With junior Cate Irving scoring two goals, the Ridgefield High field hockey team defeated visiting Brien McMahon, 3-1, on Friday in a Play for Pink game.

The Tigers, who were coming off consecutive losses to Norwalk and New Canaan, had some trouble putting away McMahon, which entered the game with just one victory.

“We needed this win to set us back on track and to remind us how any [opponent] is capable of competing,” said Ridgefield head coach Jessica Smith, whose team improved to 5-2-1-1. “It may not have been as clean as we would have liked, but at the end of the day we got the win we came for.”

The Tigers had a bright start, taking a 1-0 lead on Irving's first goal just six minutes into the contest. Bella Carrozza drilled the ball into the McMahon circle, where Madeline McGrath controlled the pass and fed Irving for the goal.

McMahon sophomore Julia Bale then scored the equalizer off a perfectly rehearsed corner play. Autumn Bartush received a pass at the top of the circle and redirected the ball to Bale, who was open at a corner of the Ridgefield cage and scored.

Three minutes later, the Tigers were back ahead. After drives from Bella Carrozza and Julia Carrozza applied pressure on McMahon, sophomore Riley Peters delivered a pass to Irving for the latter's second goal and a 2-1 Ridgefield lead.

The second half featured repeated pressure from McMahon, but good efforts from Ridgefield defenders Ellie O’Connor and Bailey Harriott kept the Senators from re-tying the score.

Freshman Aerin Krys then provided an insurance goal when she scored to extend the Tigers' lead to 3-1.

“We got our groove back tonight, and once we started directing our passes to stimulate the next play we were reminded of what we’re capable of,” said Krys. “I think we expected more of a gap in the [final score] but instead we got to take away lessons for the rest of the season.”