Stellar St. Joseph-Trumbull girls soccer match

Jenna Bike put the only goal into the net, and the Cadets’ tally came on a penalty kick with 16:21 remaining, when the St. Joseph High girls soccer team held off Trumbull High, 1-0, at the Dalling Sports Complex on Oct. 3.

The Cadets improved to 10-0-1 with a 2-0 victory over Greenwich High on Monday. Trumbull, 4-5-2, defeated Trinity Catholic 7-0.

Coach Daniel Uhrlass’ Eagles played a stellar game against St. Joseph, as they controlled the game’s pace and made things difficult for the Cadets’ talented strikers —Bike and Lindsey Savko — to find room to run and create scoring opportunities.

St. Joseph’s Marissa Grasso, Christina DiCesare, Miranda Quint, Jordan Wymbs, Adrienne Williams and Alexis Mason were just as stingy between the 18’s for coach Jack Nogueria’s squad.

Trumbull marked the entire field with purpose, behind Kerrigan Loughman, Kendall Szulimowski, Lily Clarke, Ashley Storino, Rebecca Crosley, Aileen Maloney and Amelia Crosley.

Trumbull was helped by an aggressive defensive shell headed up by Caroline Crosley, Devin Cuevas, Kyriaki Marinos and Kristen Pagliaro.

Conversely, the Cadets back line of Sara Chile, Leah Lewis, Adrienne Williams and Tory Bike made it difficult for Trumbull strikers’ Dani McGillicuddy, Jillian Presser and Meghan Ahearn to gain traction and challenge St. Joseph keeper Veronia O’Rourke.

Through the first 14 minutes only three shots were taken — all by St. Joseph — and none of them were on frame.

Trumbull’s first shot on target came at 11:05 of the first half when Caroline Crosley’s free kick from 35 yard and directly in front was caught by O’Rourke on one bounce.

In the 8th minute, Grasso’s low liner from distance was corralled by Cassidy Scofield.

Jenna Bike’s direct kick past a three-person wall was stopped by Scofield with 5:47 left in the first half, and with 3:28 remaining she made a double move to get enough room to fire on net but Maloney headed it wide.

St. Joseph posted the game’s first corner opportunity at 2:44 of the half, but had multiple shots blocked in front by Loughman and Cuevas.

The second half saw much of the same gritty play from both sides.

Szulimowski fed Loughman, who was bumped hard off the ball and a free kick was awarded just outside the box at 33:48. Loughman’s shot over an extended 8-player wall was on target, but snagged by O’Rourke.

Savko broke loose with 29 minutes remaining, but a fine tackle by Loughman stopped the run. Adrienne Williams kept the threat in play, and Jenna Bike made a back kick pass to Grasso only to have Pagliaro kick it clear.

St. Joseph’s best chance outside of the penalty kick came in a flurry of shots in the 61st minute of play.

Bike somehow crossed a ball from the end line to Quint, whose shot was headed wide by Maloney. Two corners resulted, with Grasso and Savko putting two good balls in play only to be denied.

The PK goal came in the 16th minute. Trumbull put a fine sequence of passes together with Rebecca Crosley, Szulimowski and Ahearn the instigators.

Sarah Chile came over to challenge, and Ahearn’s drop pass to Loughman saw the senior’s shot miss high at 10:21.