Cadets take down Falcons, 2-0

Lindsey Savko and Jenna Bike scored first-half goals to lead St. Joseph past Fairfield Ludlowe, 2-0, at the Dalling Sports Complex in an FCIAC match up on Sept. 19.

Savko, a sophomore, pounced on a defensive mistake by the Falcons (1-2-2) and lashed a shot from a tough angle to make it 1-0. Bike was then hauled down in the penalty area and converted the ensuing kick to provide the final scoreline late in the first half.

St. Joseph improved to 5-0, while Ludlowe dropped to 1-2-2.

Early on, the Cadets kept constant pressure on Ludlowe’s back line of Tatum Lareau, Annie McNamara, Julia Cheung and Lily Smith and keeper Caroline Serniak.

With Bike marauding through the midfield, the Falcons were kept on their heels to open the match. A stumble by McNamara allowed to Savko to take possession with a clean path to the goal.

The sophomore punched a low shot to the left post, past the dive of Serniak, with 31:15 left in the first half.

Morgan Quinn looked to answer for Ludlowe, but her shot sailed wide of Cadet freshman keeper Veronica O’Rourke.

Bike was hauled down inside the penalty area at the 7:11 mark and the junior converted from the spot to provide an insurance goal.

St. Joseph freshman Jordan Wymbs almost added a goal from distance with under five minutes to play in the half, but Serniak jumped up to glove the drive over the crossbar and out for a corner kick.

The Falcons looked to press forward in the second half, with Emma Koether delivering corner kick that trickled through the box with 25:53 left to play.

St. Joseph defenders Adrienne Williams, Wymbs and Sara Chille turned aside each Falcon advance.

Savko had a shot saved by Serniak with 10 minutes left, before Ludlowe created chances through Quinn and Cheung down the stretch.

Kalee Brannen won back possession for the Falcons with some sturdy tackling, but St. Joseph was able to finish off the shutout.

St. Joseph will visit Stamford High on Saturday at 11 a.m. and then takes to the road to play Wilton High on Monday at 4:15 p.m.