Wildcats extend season-long unbeaten streak

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Suffield - posted Wed., Oct. 17, 2012
Junior Reilly WIlliams bumps an Enfield defender off the ball. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Junior Reilly WIlliams bumps an Enfield defender off the ball. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Suffield High School girls’ soccer team (9-0-1) continued its dominance at the top of the North Central Connecticut Conference with a decisive 7-0 win over the visiting Enfield Raiders (7-4) at Beneski Turf Field on Friday, Oct. 12. With the lopsided victory, the Wildcats extended their winning streak to eight games and undefeated streak to 10 games. (The tie in the second game of the season broke up their winning streak, but continued their "unbeaten" streak.) Suffield’s win will help them mature and gain experience as the season progresses. They played all 80 minutes without any substitutes, as seven players on the team are currently out due to injury or illness, and five of them are starters.

Suffield got out to a sluggish start, turning the ball over and failing to dominate possession, but they managed to break out 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 when junior Ashlie DaCruz bent a corner kick into the net.

“It doesn’t matter who we are playing; we expect to put the pressure on for 80 minutes, not 40 minutes like we did today,” said David Sullivan, head coach. “It’s a young team, so they have to learn that you come to play every day. Every team is gunning for you. You need to play 80 minutes no matter what. We're not good enough to only play 40 and make it far into the tournament.”

The Wildcats came out of the half with the pedal to the floor determined to play a balanced game while steadily attacking the tired Enfield defense. Champagne started the scoring spree, beating the keeper near post from a pass from junior Reilly Williams. A few minutes later, Champagne would add another goal off of a give-and-go with Williams. Williams would find the back of the net after cutting back a pass from sophomore Katie McDonough shortly after. Champagne would return the favor to Williams for the six-goal advantage. Champagne finished Enfield off with the Wildcat’s seventh goal of the game after the Raiders failed to clear the ball.

The Suffield defense has been tremendous all season, with senior captain and goalkeeper Gabby Arruda only allowing two goals all season long. Suffield kept the Raiders to five shots on the game, with the only serious threat coming with 21 minutes left in the second half. 

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