After the 4-1 drubbing the New Canaan High School girls soccer team received at the hands of Staples in the FCIAC quarterfinals , a week off to contemplate may have been just what the Rams needed. New Canaan took advantage of a weaker Bethel team to recapture some of its early-season swagger, winning 3-1 to move on in the state tournament.
New Canaan came out playing its best soccer in a while and got huge nights from seniors Caroline Murray and Jana Persky. Murray knocked home the first goal of the evening in the 10th minute from the top of the box with an assist from Persky. Things got a little tense early in the second half when Bethel's Autumn Sorice stole the ball from Sarah Mannelly and took it to the net to tie the game.
Fifteen minutes later, though, the Rams were back in business when Anna Borea's corner kick found Perky in a scrum in front of the net. Persky put a perfect header on the ball and the Rams went ahead for good. Murray added an insurance goal in the 63rd minute with some beautiful footwork that simply baffled the Bethel defenders. She snuck her way past two Bethel players, then sent a bending ball from the right side into the left corner of the net.
New Canaan has a long drive ahead when it takes on sixth-seeded Bristol Eastern in the second round of the Class L state tournament on Thursday.
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