Anchored by an unforgiving defense and superb goaltending at critical moments, the New Canaan U14 Red girls soccer team trounced Weston 7-1 on Sunday.
Weston had no answers for New Canaan's effective distribution of the ball to open space, leading to goals by six different New Canaan players.
Ten minutes into the first half with the game still scoreless, the momentum of the game pivoted on a spectacular save by New Canaan keeper Kendall Curtin.
Following a New Canaan hand ball in the box, Weston teed up a penalty kick that Curtin, despite coping with a blinding sun, turned away with a leaping deflection into the crossbar.
Eliza Pohle opened the scoring three minutes later with a redirected touch ball past the left side of the Weston keeper. Weston kept the game tight, scoring in the 28th minute to cut New Canaan's lead to 2-1.
Maeve Selvaggi, Molly Mazabras and Braeden Dial added goals to Pohle's opening score and the first half ended with New Canaan leading 4-1. Their goals were set up by tremendous footwork, hustle and passing by LaBadie, Brooke Deane, Freia Mierendorf, Jackie Newlin and Katherine Reiss.
New Canaan extended its lead to 6-1 early in the second half with goals by Reilly Krug and Pohle's second of the day. Ninety seconds in, Deane drove the ball on goal, leading to a mishandled ball by the Weston keeper that a hustling Krug put past the inside left post.
Curtin, playing right wing while Reiss ably tended goal in the second half, capped the day's scoring with a penalty kick conversion with 20 minutes to play.