Warde's late goal decides state semifinal

Fairfield Warde’s Amanda Orvis won the scramble for possession of the ball in front of the Ridgefield High net, and the junior’s goal with 21.4 seconds remaining in regulation gave coach Tom Cunningham’s No. 6 Mustangs a 1-0 Class LL girls soccer semifinal round victory over the No. 10 Tigers in Newtown on Tuesday night.
With the victory, Warde (13-5-1) advanced to Saturday’s championship match versus either No. 1 Glastonbury (17-1-0) or No. 4 Simsbury (14-1-3), who will play their semifinal on Wednesday.
“It was my first time in the game,” said Orvis. “Everyone had been working so hard and no one wanted to go to overtime or penalty kicks.
“We had to keep moving to confuse the defenders, and we knew Virginie (Larouche) would put the ball where we could do something with it.”
Larouche’s free kick from 45 yards out to the right of Ridgefield keeper Julia Middlebrook came with 37.9 seconds showing, after the Tigers’ Brittany Kouroupas was whistled for a foul and the clock stopped after a yellow card was issued.
Larouche sent the ball into the box, where it was loose for a second before a clearing attempt was stopped by Claire Pullen, who re-centered the ball.
Anna Glovin was knocked off her shot, but the ball bounced to her right where Orvis pounced and pushed it past Middlebrook.
“I knew I had to get over the ball and stay calm,” Orvis said. “In practice, coach tells us to be hungry in the box and that’s all I thought about waiting for the free kick.”
See the next edition of the Sun for complete game story.

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