STAMFORD, Conn. – The Westhill High girls soccer team did not make its road to the conference playoffs any easier with a 2-0 loss to Ridgefield at home Monday.
Ridgefield’s Amanda Berta scored less than two minutes into the game, giving the Tigers all the offense they needed. The Ridgefield defense stifled the Westhill attack, holding the Vikings to only three shots on goal.
“We started poorly. They got that one goal on us, and we had our heads down for a little bit,” Westhill forward Jess Laszlo said. “Hopefully, next game we’ll start stronger than we did in our last few games and get our confidence back.”
The game ground to a halt in the second half when the skies opened up. With the pouring rain making conditions slicker by the minute, Ridgefield was content to kill the clock.
When the rain began to let up slightly, Abbey von Recklinghausen escaped on a breakaway to score the game’s second goal with just less than 14 minutes remaining.
Westhill struggled to create solid opportunities in the offensive end, with several passes going awry deep in the Ridgefield zone. The loss could be attributed to the team not executing on “the simple stuff,” Laszlo said.
“It was just a really off game for us,” she said. “We didn’t attack when we should have. We couldn’t make 5-yard passes. We were looking for all the hard through balls and tricks when we should have done simple things and played soccer.”
Westhill (6-4-2, 20 points) is clinging to the eighth and final spot in the conference playoff standings with four games remaining in the season. The Vikings travel to Staples High of Westport on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. game.