It took St. Joseph’s girls soccer team almost 20 minutes to score, but once the visitors broke the ice, the floodgates opened. The Cadets rolled to a 6-0 triumph over Trumbull High in an FCIAC battle under the lights at McDougall Stadium on Wednesday night.
St. Joseph improved to 2-0 and the Eagles, who edged Staples of Westport 3-2 in their opener on Sept. 12, fell to 1-1.
Senior captain Leah Lewis got the scoring started 18 minutes in, and St. Joseph carried a 2-0 lead into halftime before erupting with four second-half net-finders. The scoring was spread out among a half dozen players; Jenna Bike, Lindsey Savko, Jessica Mazu, Miranda Quint and Sophia Smith.
The result was not expected by St. Joseph coach Jack Nogueira. “Obviously, we want to win the game, but it’s a surprise that it was that lopsided. I expected a better game,” he said. “I think everything clicked for us today. Obviously, offensively we were very, very good.”
Things certainly came together after Lewis notched the first goal of the game.
“Once we get one, they get a bit more relaxed,” Nogueria said of his players. “It frees them up a little bit more. That first goal was absolutely pivotal.”
For the Eagles, the game obviously didn’t play out as they had hoped. Trumbull captain Kyrii Marinos found some positives from the tilt. “We did a little better job on our passing,”, she said. “Picking our heads up and switching the field. I think our vision is getting better.”
The rivalry always makes for an interesting matchup for both sides, especially given some of the opponents grew up playing the sport together. “I’ve known a few of the girls since I was eight years old. They’re great players – they always have been,” Marinos said.
St. Joseph, coming off an 8-0 win over Greenwich in the season opener on Sept. 12, certainly is clicking on offense.
“We just want to keep getting in shape, scoring more goals – working hard,” said Lewis, adding that the thing her squad can work on is capitalizing earlier in games. “We wanted to just come out and do our best. We were so excited for this game.”