New Canaan U11 girls soccer team ties Westport in down-to-wire matchup
Game two of the New Canaan Blue U11 girls soccer team's season was a back and forth affair which resulted in a 4-4 tie against Westport.
In the first half, Sarah Murphy, Kelly Barker and Kaleigh McCarthy were on offense and spent a lot of time in Westport territory with multiple strikes on goal. The first goal was scored by Kaleigh McCarthy with assists by Sarah Murphy and Liza Cuoco with a high shot to the left corner. In the first half, New Canaan's defense was very strong, led by Julia Weiss who played goal keeper for New Canaan with eight saves and no goals allowed.
In the third quarter, Westport managed to score twice with high shots on goal.
New Canaan came back with an offensive strike led by Hailey Bailleaux, Kate Reeves and Ellie King. Each had multiple strikes on goal. The second New Canaan goal was scored on a breakaway from midfield by Reeves, who sent a hard shot into the bottom right corner.
Westport answered with another field goal, despite the great efforts of Anna Meli acting as goalkeeper in the second half. At the end of the third quarter, Reeves got another breakaway from midfield, scoring the third field goal for New Canaan. Reeves received strong midfield support from Jesse Boolukos, Nathalie Hill, Chloe Stanley and Erin Corbett.
At the start of the fourth quarter, New Canaan dominated offense with multiple strikes on goal by Ellie Scott, Bailleaux, Boolukos and Corbett.
Westport scored on a breakaway from midfield to tie the game in the last minute. Meli tallied nine saves on goal.