FAIRFIELD — Not even two week’s removed from a 1-0 loss to Staples, and the Fairfield Ludlowe girls’ soccer team looks like a completely different squad.
Monday evening against Greenwich (3-3-1), the Falcons’ extended their new play and win streak to four games with a solid and physical 2-0 victory at Taft Field.
“I think first and foremost, credit to Ludlowe tonight,” Greenwich head coach Danny Simpson said. “I think they hustled, the way they went to every ball, for the whole 80 minutes was fantastic. They didn’t give us a chance to settle, they didn’t give us a chance to get a rhythm of passing.”
Ludlowe, which came in the game winners of the last three games, controlled possession from the first whistle and never let up. Senior Lindsay Zilling capitalized off a pass from Ali Gorab that snuck in the net after deflecting off a Greenwich defender to give her team the 1-0 lead and eventual game-winner midway through the first half.
“That’s sort of been our mantra,” Ludlowe head coach Kate Dawson said of the fast start. “Taking the first 10 minutes and building our endurance.”
After an expected second half surge from a determined Greenwich squad, it was a combination of a stifling defensive effort from Ludlowe, led from keeper Caroline Serniak that held Greenwich at bay. The Cardinals fired off multiple shots early on, but the Falcons held their ground and did a good job of clearing the ball out.
In the 35th minute of play, senior Krissy Bradley added one more goal off a rocket from 25 yards out that sailed past Greenwich’s goalie Kylie Ginsberg.
“I don’t know what to say,” Bradley said with a smile about her goal. “The entire second half we were looking to get up another goal. And we had so many opportunities and I just went for it.”
After the game Dawson said the difference from starting 0-4 on the season to now at 4-4, has been a combination of finding the net and having great command on the pitch.
“I think in the last couple games it’s been finishing,” Dawson said. “We struggled to find the net early on in the season and we had a lot of opportunities. I think the senior leadership and really finding the net Krissy (Bradley) and Lindsay (Zilling) have been carrying us offensively and really been doing a wonderful job.”
Ludlowe’s Seriak finished with five saves.
Ludlowe will have a tough contest on Friday against rival Warde at 7 p.m. at Taft.
“They found their confidence,” Dawson said of her team. “And I said to them this is a pivotal week. This game was extremely important to build our confidence.”