FAIRFIELD >> Three games into the season and Fairfield Ludlowe girls’ soccer coach Kate Dawson said her team is right where it needs to be.
The third year coach said her team just needs to find a more consistent offense.
Monday evening at Taft Field, Ludlowe (1-1-1) played to a scoreless tie against Trumbull (1-1-1).
“With each game I’m seeing improvement,” Dawson said. “We just have to focus on putting the ball in the net and executing the opportunities that we have.”
With less than a minute remaining in the game, the Falcons almost broke open the contest as a pass was booted just out of reach of the Trumbull keeper’s hands in front of the net. Ludlowe couldn’t get a clean shot off as the Eagles defense kicked it away.
Ludlowe, which had 10 shots on goal, matched the intensity against Trumbull in the final 40 minutes of play after a somewhat sluggish first half.
“I challenged the girls to really step up the intensity and really the message was sent and they dominated really for a while in the second half,” Dawson said.
Midway through the second half, the Falcons’ Tara McNamara had a few good looks but couldn’t connect.
Coming off a 3-1 loss to Staples last Friday, Trumbull as well had a few offensive chances of its own throughout the contest but was stopped by a strong defense led by keeper Caroline Serniak, Julia Cheung and Annie McNamara.
“I have to give credit to the defense,” Dawson said. “They work hard, communicate and hustle to every ball. Julia Cheung was excellent today.”
The Falcons, which advanced to the Class LL quarterfinals last fall, have been shutout in two of their first three games. Despite the slow offensive start, Dawson said she does have the players, amongst a veteran group, who can score.
“We absolutely do have goal scorers and they’re getting opportunities,” Dawson said. “I think we’re just struggling to put together a consistent whole game of soccer.”
Ludlowe will have two remaining challenging games this week as they host Wilton on Wednesday and travel to Trumbull to take on St. Joseph, two currently undefeated teams.