NORWALK, Conn. The Norwalk High School girls soccer team found itself outmatched and outgunned in a season-opening 8-0 route at the hands of New Canaan Tuesday night. It was a disappointing start for first-year head coach Job Fernandez.
"It really just boils down to when you chase the ball for an extended period of time, they're going to find the seams and they're going to break you down," Fernandez said. "Whether it's high school soccer or in the pro ranks and you're chasing the ball, the other team is going to find an opportunity."
Norwalk came out in high spirits, but once the Rams put their first goal on the scoreboard, the Bears' energy was sapped. New Canaan midfielder Sarah Mannelly netted a hat trick in the first half, putting the contest out of reach early. Five different Rams found the net before the final buzzer.
Norwalk captain Karolyn Collins tried her best to organize the defense, but New Canaan's passing scheme clearly flummoxed the Bears all night. Collins had a corner kick and a free kick late in the second half, but could not put Norwalk on the board.
"Their first two opportunities they certainly created themselves," Fernandez said. "But from there it was about our girls making technical mistakes as well as tactical. We'll just have to learn from our mistakes."
Fernandez did find some positives on a tough night.
"What I was pleased about, however, is that from the first whistle to the very last, they never stopped," he said.
Norwalk will try to get in the win column Thursday when it travels to Trinity Catholic for a 4 p.m. game.
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