Raiders fall on the road to Wildcats
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Wed., Oct. 17, 2012
The Enfield High School girls’ soccer team lost 7-0 to the North Central Connecticut Conference leader and undefeated Suffield Wildcats at Beneski Turf Field on Friday, Oct. 12. The Raiders' second consecutive loss dropped the team's overall record to 7-4, still good enough for sixth place in the strong NCCC. Despite the loss, the Raiders are seeded 18th in the Class M division, and with a couple of more wins on the season Enfield High could achieve their team goal of hosting a first-round state tournament game.
“Suffield is a force to be reckoned with,” said Ashley Hansen, head coach. “They are a good team; they deserve to be first in the conference. Monday is a whole other day for us. They will come to practice ready to work hard and get better,” she said of her team.
Suffield scored in the 10th minute when sophomore Hayley O’Connell scored off a corner cross from junior Brittany Champagne. Five minutes later, Suffield extended its lead on a bizarre play, as junior Ashlie DaCruz scored off a corner kick with the ball being blown into the net from swirling winds while Enfield’s senior goalkeeper, Sydney Ballou, was unable to see the ball due to a glaring sun.
“The second part of the first half we started to put our soccer game together,” Hansen said. “Unfortunately we just couldn’t keep up. The girls from the bench just didn’t have the stamina to stay with them.”
Champagne and fellow junior Reilly Williams would lead the Wildcat attack in the second half, with Champagne tallying three goals and an assist while Williams netted two goals and added two assists. Enfield’s defense has struggled since losing junior defender Jordyn Walsh to an injury which will keep her out indefinitely. Playing without the experienced Walsh, Enfield relied heavily on junior Rachel Bearse and Christina Leonardo, but the Suffield attack ultimately proved to be too potent. The Raiders also received a strong performance from Ballou, who tallied 15 saves on the afternoon.
The Enfield attack had some opportunities to score but could not capitalize and break through the Suffield defense, only managing five shots. The Raiders are playing without breakthrough sophomore forward Olivia Carrona who is out indefinitely with an injury.