Toole's tally advances Cadets
St. Joseph High girls soccer coach Jack Noguiera notched his 200th win Oct. 19 against New Canaan but his 202nd win, defeating Trinity Catholic 4-0, focused on his players, rather than his accomplishments.
“As far as wins are concerned, I don’t get wrapped up in that,” Noguiera said. “I’m here to win state championships and we’ve won two in the past and that’s what our main goal is this year.
“It’s a reflection of the players that I’ve had and that I have now. Certainly can’t win if you don’t have good players that played for you.”
Julia Marino, Clare Duffy, Sabrina Toole and Leah Lewis each scored in the first half for the Cadets, while Molly Meehan kept the Crusaders off the board.
“For them it was good,” Noguiera said. “Winning on senior day is always a good thing so we’re pretty happy with that.”
Toole got the Cadets on the board first, six minutes in, on a free kick opportunity, booting the ball past Olivia Duane in net.
Marino added another score five minutes later when her shot deflected off Duane’s ohands and into the net for a 2-0 lead.
Five minutes later, Leah Lewis faked the keeper and booted the kick into the net to give the Cadets a more comfortable 3-0 lead.
Clare Duffy put the icing on the victory ten minutes later, when she faked Duane in net and rocketed a kick into the right corner on the net.
In the second half, the Crusaders challenged Meehan but she turned away everything they could kick at her.
“The last eight games we’re 7-0-1 so we haven’t lost in eight games, we’re getting healthier and we’re playing well so we’re in a good place right now,” Noguiera said.
St. Joseph, seeded second, defeated seventh-seeded Fairfield Ludlowe, 1-0, on Toole’s overtime goal at Indian Ledge Park on Saturday.
The Cadets (12-2-2) will play third-seeded Ridgefield in the quarterfinals.
Jenna Bike had the assist on Toole’s goal, and Meehan had four saves to shut out the Falcons (9-6-2).