NEW CANAAN — The New Canaan girls soccer team has had trouble scoring goals at times this season, so, when a corner kick deflected off a Westhill player for an early goal, the Rams gladly took it.

That first tally may have been a bit of a fluke but there was nothing fluky about how the Rams played the unbeaten Vikings the rest of the way.

New Canaan (3-2-3) largely held the potent Westhill (6-0-2) offense under wraps while creating scoring chances for themselves, in a back-and-forth affair at Connor Field.

The Rams nearly won the game with six seconds left when a shot hit the right post after a corner kick but instead settled for a 1-1 tie.

The result may have been a draw, but it was the best the Rams have played all season.

“Our all-around team performance was spot on,” New Canaan coach Richard Hickson said. “They worked hard for one and other and they did it. We knew where the threats were for Westhill and (Chelsea Domond) did manage to get one, but we did manage to contain them. It was fantastic and I am very, very proud.”

On the other side, Westhill was happy to escape with a point given how close the Rams came to winning it in the final moments.

“I am now. I thought we could have won today but they hit the post right at the end there and they certainly worked behind our defenders enough,” Westhill coach Dave Flower said. “They won the midfield battle and we couldn’t get the ball to (our strikers) as much as we’d like to. They were very athletic and (New Canaan) deserved the point and probably deserved all of them.”

Twelve minutes into the first half, New Canann’s Julia Ozimek hit a corner to the back post which hit off the Westhill defender, bouncing into the goal to give the Rams a lead to defend.

“I think this game was our best game so far. We had a lot of chances and had so many through balls and we were all working well together,” Ozimek said. “I was so surprised that corner went in but also so happy at the same time.”

Domond did break free of the stout Rams defense, scoring the equalizer with 19:42 left in the first half, beating the keeper one-on-one.

“It was a beautiful pass from Casey Watson out of the back and I took a touch and turned off the defender and placed it far-right,” Domond said. “It is really hard playing on this field because we are used to playing only turf games and we have fast players like Corrine (Dente) and Claudia (Benz) and they are used to dribbling all the way down easy without the toughness of grass. It was hard for us to adjust but they still go through and did some good things on the sides.”

The game was played on the natural grass and large pitch at Conner Field.

Scott.Ericson@scni.com; @EricsonSports

WESTHILL 1, NEW CANAAN 1

WESTHILL 1 0 —1

NEW CANAAN 1 0 —1

Records: NC — 3-2-3; W — 6-0-2

Goals: W — Chelsea Domond; NC — Julia Ozimek

Goalies: W — Emily Pritchard 12 saves; NC — Kendall Curtin 11 saves