FAIRFIELD >> In the midst of an undefeated season, the Fairfield Warde girls’ soccer team has one thought in mind: the next game.
As cliché as it sounds, that next game mentality is what is keeping the defending co-FCIAC and Class LL state runner-up on track this fall.
“I think every individual is so focused on the season and our goals that in games where it’s easy to nod off, we’re just very focused,” junior Anna Glovin said.
At 9-0-1, the Mustangs have already clinched a state tournament berth, and along with St. Joseph (9-0), are in the driver’s seat in the FCIAC playoff picture. This season Warde has scored 32 goals.
“We knew we’d have to be at our best every game,” said Glovin of coming into the season. “And I think at this point, we’re still winning, but we’re really striving to be better and always pushing.”
That relentless attitude was apparent in Warde’s latest victory Wednesday evening, a 3-0 shutout over New Canaan. Glovin scored twice and senior co-captain Hannah Allen added one goal.
Glovin said one of the strengths this season is the depth of the team. Led by a stingy defensive unit that has allowed only four goals, the Mustangs, ranked fifth in the latest coaches poll, have players ready to take on whatever role that is needed to be filled.
“The girls step up when they need to,” head coach Tom Cunningham said. “They have been preparing for each game, having good solid practices and that’s what we ask from them. And then in the games, execute what we’ve been working on.”
At a little over the midway mark of the season, Cunningham said the team is not quite where they want to be, but will be there, as the goal is to peak at the end of the season and be playing the best soccer come postseason.
“We brought a lot of new players in and I think it’s taking a little more time to find our rhythm, but I think it’s coming and we’re clicking at the right time right now,” Glovin said. “But that’s just Cunningham, that’s (Natalie) Wagner, that’s the coaching….they know how to coach us to play at our best at the right moments.”
Warde will face a brutal end to the regular season that starts next Thursday with a road trip to crosstown rival Ludlowe. Two days later, Warde hosts St. Joes, which could be a battle of unbeaten. Three days after that, the Wreckers are back on the road to face co-FCIAC champion Staples.
“It’s all about our next opponent,” Glovin said. “That’s always been our philosophy. Of course we always look forward to the Ludlowe game, the St. Joes game, but it’s about one game at a time.”
Warde will look for its 10th win this Friday when they host Stamford at 4 p.m.