Girls Soccer Domingos powers Lancers past Falcons
FAIRFIELD — Joel Barlow girls soccer coach Neil Phillips knows it’s hard enough to beat Notre Dame-Fairfield when Toni Domingos is playing at her best. But when Mother Nature decides to get involved, it’s nearly impossible.
Domingos used her dazzling speed to score the Lancers’ first goal and later, set up the second with another explosive burst and then, just after the halftime horn, thunder showers descended on the Park Avenue field, and after a 30-minute wait, the referees called the game, a 2-0 ND victory.
“We can’t seem to catch a break,” Phillips said. I know 2-0 would have been tough to come back from but it would have been nice to have a go. We were going to make some changes, but we got ourselves in the predicament to have to come from behind.”
The game started under overcast skies and as the weather continued to get worse, Notre Dame-Fairfield sped up its attack and 14 minutes in, Domingos took control of the ball near midfield and turning toward the Falcons net, split two defenders with her speed and sent a shot from the right box into the left corner of the net to make it 1-0 Lancers.
“It was good. We’re really starting to play well together,” said Domingos who now has seven goals on the season. “My teammates, they’re looking for me more.”
Especially because of her speed. Both Lancers goals against Barlow were due to the fact that Domingos simply beat her defenders down the field and took advantage of the opening in the defensive seam that she created.
“She’s had a rough patch the last three games,” ND-Fairfield coach Wayne Mones said. “She hasn’t scored, and I think she wasn’t reacting quick enough in those games, but today, it was like she was shot out of a cannon. She was off the mark quickly , into the seam, taking people on and when she plays like that, no one in the league can defend her.”
The Lancers’ second goal was a lot like the first. Once again, Domingos took control of the ball around midfield and battled a pair of Barlow defenders as she motored toward the goal. With Tassia Ferriera racing down the left side, Domingos sent a perfect pass across the box, right to Ferriera’s feet, where she nudged the ball past Falcons’ keeper Laurel Winslow for a 2-0 ND lead.
“We knew about her (Domingos),” Phillips said. “We’ve pl ayed against people like her. We’ve worked on it, it just comes down to being able to deal with it. We talk about defending, about closing quick players down, about support, and today, we just played into their hands. It’s a little bit frustrating.”
Barlow fell to 2-5 overall, 2-5 in the SWC Patriot Division while the Lancers improved to 7-1 overall and 6-1 in the SWC Patriot, getting back to winning ways after Newtown snapped ND’s six-game season-opening winning streak last Thursday.
“This wa s really, the first game in the last four, that we really didn’t coast, we went right at them. I thought that was great,” Mones said. “We got off to a good start. We’ve just had some hard times with injuries, we not that deep a team where we can afford a lot of injuries and we were pretty banged up.”
This was the first of a four-game homestand for the Lancers, who have already locked down a CIAC tournament spot and are fighting for an SWC playoff berth. Mones has pointed out three games — Weston (Oct. 8), Immaculate (Oct. 13) and Masuk (Oct. 18) — as make or break affairs.
“We have to see how we match up against the three toughest teams in the league,” Mones said. “So, that will kind of determine where we are, but I think anyone in the league can beat anyone. If we’re peaking and doing well, we’ve got a great shot.”
ND-FAIRFIELD 2, JOEL BARLOW 0
ND-FAIRFIELD 2 x — 2
JOEL BARLOW 0 x — 0
Records: ND-Fairfield (7-1, 6-1 SWC Patriot); Barlow (2-5, 2-5 SWC Patriot)
Goals: ND-F — Toni Domingos, Tassia Ferriera
Assists: ND-F — Domingos
Shots: ND-F — 7; Barlow — 1
Saves: ND-F — Tia Pascarelli (1), Barlow — Laurel Winslow (5)