Cardillo here checking in after a very well played battle for Trumbull, won by the Eagles over the Cadets 3-2.
A large group of Trumbull students made the trek to St. Joseph to watch the game, and by the end were chanting “This is our town.”
They probably have Marissa Piccolo and her dipping half volley finish in the 75th minute, to thank.
The win improved Trumbull to 5-0-0 — and I checked no softies on the schedule so far — and ended St. Joseph’s winning-streak in the rivalry, which began in 2008.
Trumbull certainly seem as strong as their record. The Eagles made a surprise run to the Class LL final last year, basically as a sound, smart team which didn’t beat itself. The Eagles weren’t exactly very dynamic offensively and lacked that standout player they’ve had under coach Daniel Uhrlass in the past like Caitlin Mulligan or Kristen Forster.
A year later, senior forwards Ana Tantum and Piccolo seem to have given the Eagles an edge. Their defense, led by center backs Gabriella Reggiano and Taylor Pratcher can absorb enough pressure so that Trumbull can spring their forwards loose. Tantum and Piccolo’s combination of strength, skill and speed were all on full display Thursday.
Tantum scored a nice goal in the first half, turning and shooting from distance to start the game. Later Tantum put a perfect cross to Nicole Schwartz from the right side and all Schwartz had to do was touch it in.
The FCIAC is always tough in girls soccer, but even if it’s early Trumbull seems a team to watch out for.
* St. Joseph played without Sam Grasso, who missed her third straight game with an ankle injury. Cadets’ coach Jack Nogueira said he hopes to have her back in their next game vs. Greenwich but wasn’t going to push it.
* Cadets’ freshman Jenna Bike scored an outrageous chip right after halftime from close range. Not rightly sure how she curled it under the bar from that close.