WOODBRIDGE – With two wins and a tie in the first three games of the regular season, one would expect Amity coach Owen Quigley to be ecstatic.
That was quite the contrary after Amity’s latest contest.
Despite posting a 4-0 victory over Hamden in a Southern Connecticut Conference Housatonic Division contest at Amity High Thursday afternoon, Quigley felt his team could have played better.
“As well as we played Tuesday night (Hand), we did not do the same today,” Quigley said after his team improved to 2-0-1. “We scored in the first couple of minutes and for all intents and purposes, the game was over. After that, we did not play with any urgency and we lost our rhythm.”
Amity took a 1-0 lead in the first half on the first of two Jessica Hauser goals, but did not score again until the final nine minutes of the game. In between, there were plenty of opportunities, but none were capitalized on.
“2-0-1 is not bad,” Quigley said. “We opened against two really good teams and played very well. We played well against Shelton and I thought that was going to be the benchmark. Then, we played even better against Daniel Hand. I think those two games may have taken a little out of us. We were a step slow today.”
Amity took a 1-0 lead just 3 minutes, 48 seconds into the contest when Hauser, who had six shots in the first half, scored off a rebound in front. Hauser’s goal would stand up through the first half as each team could not get going.
Hamden’s Jadyn Reilly was stopped by Amity goalkeeper Abigail Allen from 25 yards out with 16:36 remaining in the half, and Emma Twohill shot wide from 10 yards out with eight minutes to go.
Amity’s best scoring chance in the opening half following the goal by Hauser came with 23:18 remaining as a rocket off the foot of Sarah Nevolis from 20 yards out was punched away by Hamden goalkeeper Gabriella Panayotakis.
Amity had the bulk of the scoring opportunities in the second half, but could not get an insurance tally until under 9 minutes remained. Hauser’s second of the game with 8:12 left in the contest gave the Spartans a 2-0 lead and all the breathing room they needed.
“We played as a team today,” Hauser said. “Today, we were not connecting, but we found a way to score. I am happy we won, but we could play a lot better.”
The Spartans capped the scoring in the final minute of the contest as Hamden had pushed players up. Jacquelyn Smith scored off an assist from Jennifer Hauser with 50.7 seconds remaining and sophomore Kaylee Huber capped the scoring off another assist from Jennifer Hauser with 12.5 seconds to go.
“I am happy and proud of the way we played,” Hamden coach Gary Collins said after his team fell to 1-1. “We played tough and we were in the game. Overall, I am happy. If you did not see the game and just saw the score, you would say we got dominated. But, that was not the case. We held our own. We had to take chances at the end.”
Allen made just two saves for Amity in posting the shutout victory.