TRUMBULL — The way the pace of play picked up in the second half, it seemed there was little chance Trumbull’s one-goal halftime lead would stand up.
But while both the host Eagles and New Canaan had plenty of scoring chances in the final 40 minutes, neither could cash in. So Skylar Jorge’s goal in the 14th minute was all Trumbull needed in its 1-0 FCIAC victory.
“A lot could have happened in the second half,” Trumbull coach Dan Uhrlass said. “They could have tied it up, or we could have scored another goal. But somehow it stayed 1-0.”
Trumbull (5-1-1, 5-1-1 FCIAC), which won its fifth in a row, had five good shots on goal in the second half. New Canaan (3-2-2, 3-2-2), which saw its three-game winning streak end, had three solid chances. So, it didn’t seem like this would end up a 1-0 game.
However, New Canaan goalie Jordan Paterson (five saves) kept it close while Trumbull netminder Maryna Barone also came through after leaving in the first half with a knee injury. Barone was also helped by a strong Trumbull back line led by Caitlin Rodko and Brady-Ayn Lynch and that made the difference.
“Caitlin and Brady-Ayn got the job done,” Uhrlass said. “They made a lot of plays under pressure.”
The same could be said of Jorge’s goal, which proved to be the game-winner.
“Skylar made an excellent shot,” Uhrlass said. “She took a half-volley and struck it nice.”
Jorge used her chest to gain control of a loose ball that came from the right of the New Canaan goal, then booted it into the left corner from 15-yards out to give the Eagles a lead they would not lose.
“In the second half it looked as if we would get the equalizer but we had an issue getting the ball into the back of the net,” New Canaan coach Rich Hickson said.
Interestingly, the Rams had outscored their last three opponents 19-0.
“With all due respect to our last three opponents (Central, Stamford, Trinity Catholic), this is a different level than what we had played,” Hickson said of Trumbull’s talent level.
New Canaan’s Emma Schuh and Braeden Dial had great scoring opportunities in the second half, but could not finish. Trumbull, meanwhile, had even more chances, especially attempts by Ana Carlos and Lynch.
Barone stopped three shots in goal for Trumbull while Avery Rice, who played the final 30 minutes of the first half in place of Barone, had one save.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Skylar Jorge scored the game’s only goal on a beautiful play in the 14th minute. A loose ball came out from the right corner, she used her chest to set up a shot and then knocked the ball into the left corner.
“When the shade came the kids could finally show their skills,” — Trumbull coach Dan Uhrlass referring to the cooling and visibility effect that took place when the sun set behind the bleachers.
TOUGHING IT OUT
Trumbull goalkeeper Maryna Barone left with a knee injury 10 minutes into the game but returned for the second half and kept the Rams off the board.
TRUMBULL 1, NEW CANAAN 0
NEW CANAAN 0 0 — 0
TRUMBULL 1 0 — 1
Goals: T — Skylar Jorge. Assists: none. Goalie saves: NC — Jordan Paterson (5); T — Maryna Barone (3); Avery Rice (1).
Records: NC 3-2-2 (3-2-2 FCIAC); T 5-2-2 (5-1-1).