STAMFORD -- Starting a freshman at striker, it has taken a little time for a rapport to be formed among the Westhill girls soccer forwards but it seems things are starting to click into place with the season heading into its second half.
Junior striker Jess Laszlo scored three times, the second goal coming on a perfect through ball from freshman Chelsea Domond, as the Vikings beat New Canaan 3-0.
The pair have been trying to get on the same page all season and connected on a few plays Tuesday including Laszlo's second tally of the afternoon.
"It has taken a little longer than we expected but we are finally connecting the passes," Laszlo said. "We are finally realizing that if one player makes a run we have to trust them to be able to finish the ball. I could not have asked for a better ball from Chelsea. I mean, we have been working on that in practice and seeing that ball, it was too easy."
The Vikings (7-3) were pressuring the Rams defense and finally broke through when Laszlo settled the ball in the box before flipping it over the keeper's head with 1:29 to play in the first half.
New Canaan Coach Kirk Bamford thought his team was starting to figure out the Vikings defense but the late goal in the first half set it back.
"First half we started to get in the game and pose some problems," Bamford said. "This game was pivotal on who scored the first goal and who got the next one and they managed to do that and that gave them the momentum. Fair play to Westhill, when they had the opportunities they put it in the back of the net."
Despite playing well early, the Rams (4-6) never had a serious chance on goal throughout the game.
On the second goal, Domond took control of the ball about 40 yards out, dribbling past several defenders before sending the through ball to Laszlo which she deposited in the goal.
Laszlo completed the hat trick with a goal with 1:01 left and New Canaan trying to press forward.
Westhill Coach Dave Flowers said his team has been working on defense all week, but the focus on that side of the ball had unintended consequences for his offense.
"It's kind of funny, we worked on defending and the last two practices we had the attackers working against our defenders and it actually helped the attackers play together," Flowers said. "They showed how good they could be together. (Domond) is developing as are the other freshmen, they are doing well."
The focus on defense also had the intended outcome of limiting the Rams attack.
"The focus for the week was to stop giving easy goals way to other teams," Flowers said. "We are fairly confident we can score on most teams with our strikers."
Westhill 3, New Canaan 0
WESTHILL 1 2 -- 3
NEW CANAAN 0 0 -- 0
Records: WH -- 7-3; NC -- 4-6