The Westhill boys soccer team has been searching for an identity in the early stages of the season as many new faces attempt to blend with the few experienced players on the roster.

One thing the Vikings have going for them is experience at important positions thanks senior attacker Jake Atkinson and sweeper Ian Zacharewicz.

The two proved valuable Tuesday afternoon with Atkinson tallying two goals and Zacharewicz keeping control of the back line, thwarting any momentum New Canaan ever mustered, leading the Vikings to a 3-0 home win.

Rams goalie Griffin patterson made seven saves.

Vikings coach Joe Andrews said the team is slowly but surely coming together.

"We have a lot of new faces, so, it's been a slow process but today was a good day and we saw them building that chemistry," Andrews said. "It's important the veteran guys set a tone and let the new guys know what is expected of them."

Zacharewicz normally plays stopper but has been filling in at sweeper because of an injury to the normal sweeper.

Westhill dropped its first two games of the season and really needed to taste victory according to Andrews.

"It felt good, we needed it," Andrews said. "They have been working hard and we opened with a tough loss to Danbury and got out played against Darien, so we really need to play well and come away with a victory."

New Canaan made a few mistakes on defense and that was its undoing according to coach Richard Sutherland.

"(Atkinson) up front is a good player and he causes a lot of problems, to be fair," Sutherland said. "We made two errors and both were capitalized on. Bad defending by us, really as a group. Going three-nil up early on, it has been tough on us after that. We changed formation and tried to go at them second half but we didn't really trouble the keeper."

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Westhill 3, New Canaan 0

WESTHILL 3 0 -- 3

NEW CANAAN 0 0 -- 0

Records: W -- 1-2; NC -- 0-2-1

Scoring: W -- Christian Flores 1g; Jake Atkinson 2g; Sam Jelliffe 1a

Goalies: W Tyler Lasicki 6 saves; NC Griffin Paterson 7 saves