GIRLS SOCCER Lancers performance overwhelms Brookfield in first half
FAIRFIELD — As his Notre Dame-Fairfield girls’ soccer team warmed up in a misty rain about a half hour before its match against Brookfield, coach Wayne Mones looked at his players somewhat halfheartedly going through their pre-game drills, much the way they had played in their opening match against New Fairfield, he said to no one in particular, “if we play like this, we’re going to lose.”
Luckily for Mones, the rain stopped, the sun broke through the clouds and the Lancers intensity exploded out of the gates. Notre Dame-Fairfield scored four times in the first half, added another in the second half and rolled to a 5-0 victory over Brookfield Tuesday afternoon at Park Avenue field.
“They played, in the first half, like they were shot out of a cannon,” Mones said, as the Lancers improved to 2-0. “And we just kept the pressure on them. We kept beating them to balls, we kept putting balls in offensive places and finishing balls and when you have girls that can score goals when you get the ball forward, you’re not going to lose.”
Sophomore Toni Doningos scored two of Notre Dame’s goals (she also added an assist) and Katarzyna Zawadzki, Tassia Ferriera and Olivia Carriero also scored for the Lancers. Carriero and Zoe Wood added assists.
“We can really finish (plays),” Domingos said, who has three goals in two games for the Lancers. “We have a lot of players that can attack and that’s really good.”
Brookfield, however, is still looking to see who could be an attacker, under first-year coach Rick Garofolo.
“We didn’t capitalize on a couple of opportunities that we had early in the game and then, we spectated the ball a little bit too much on defense,” Garofolo said. “We were watching the play and not watching the offensive players and you can’t let that happen, especially two or three times.”
Zawadzki put Notre Dame in front 1-0 with 26:32 left in the first half, putting home a deflection off the crossbar and just a minute later, Dominos crossed the ball into the box and Ferriera scored from point blank range to make it 2-0.
Domingos’ first goal with 12:19 to play in the first half, made it 3-0 and just a minute later, at 11:16, Carriero scored off a direct kick, hooking it inside the left post to make it 4-0.
“All we have to do is get the ball to them. Get Toni up top, get Carly (Zajac) up top, get Tassia up top and they create a lot of havoc for the other team,” Mones said.
To their credit, Brookfield didn’t fold their tents and battled over the final 40 minutes, only allowing one goal — a Domingos breakaway with 12:19 to play.
“I thought we played much better in the second half, we fought a lot harder,” Garofolo said. “They were a little bit quicker than us and that No. 11 with the green cleats, she’s a great player. She can anticipate the through ball very well.”
Brookfield, which tied Woodland 3-3 in its opener, has two freshmen and six sophomores on its roster. There are going to be growing pains.
“We’ll bounce back from this,” Garofolo said. “I like our aggressiveness and I like our possession game, although once we got down a couple of goals, we played a little panic ball … if we take anything from this, we have to play with our heads up, we have to look off the ball, we were looking at the ball, not off the ball.”
Notre Dame-Fairfield also has a young team, with six freshmen, all that played.
“There were six (freshmen) that played,” Mones said. “Zoe Wood played the left back and that was the most pleasing thing for me because I didn’t know who was going to play that position and she certainly showed that she could play today. I’m really happy with the girls today.”
BROOKFIELD 0 0 — 0
ND-FAIRDFIELD 1 — 5
Records: ND-Fairfield (2-0); Brookfield (0-1-1)
Scoring: NDF — Toni Domingos (2 goals, 1 assist), Olivia Carriero (1 goal, 1 assist), Kastarzyna Zawadzki (1 goal), Tassia Ferriera (1 goal), Annie Scovill (1 assist)
Shots: ND-Fairfield 11, Brookfield 11. Saves: ND-Fairfield (11), Brookfield (6). Goalies: ND-Fairfield: Tia Pascarelli; Brookfield: Maddi Genovese