NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Two of the hottest girls soccer teams in the league, New Canaan and Westhill, battled to a scoreless draw on Thursday evening in wet, foggy conditions at Dunning Stadium.
The two teams were thrown off their usual pre-game routines when torrential rain and brief flashes of lightning delayed the start of the game by 45 minutes. After the rain moved out, dense fog moved in, making it almost impossible to see from one side of the field to the other.
Both squads had solid scoring opportunities, but no one on either team could get a solid footing on the ball all night. Westhill outshot New Canaan 11-4, but five of those shots were made from a safe distance away from the goal.
“We didn’t get to prepare like we usually do. We were out for a half-hour, then waited and then just went and played,” New Canaan head coach Kirk Bamford said. “With the conditions the way they were, the game could have gone either way.”
The Rams did excel at one aspect – keeping Westhill’s sophomore scoring threat Jess Laszlo off the scoreboard. Anna Borea stuck close to Laszlo in the New Canaan zone for most of the game, denying her any clear shots on net.
“She was their main threat and she didn’t put a proper foot on it tonight, so that was nice,” Bamford said. “It wasn’t the purest game from a technical stand, but there was a lot of desire and execution to keep the ball on the right side of the field for us.”
Alexandra Yuditski had a superb night in net for the Rams, helping New Canaan pick up a point in the sloppy contest.
New Canaan (5-1-2) travels to Trumbull on Saturday for a 4 p.m. game.
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