St. Joseph remains unbeaten

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Sophomore forward Jenna Bike, left, scored two goals to lift St. Joseph over Fairfield Warde 4-1 on Monday. (Photo by Brian Pounds)

Sophomore forward Jenna Bike, left, scored two goals to lift St. Joseph over Fairfield Warde 4-1 on Monday. (Photo by Brian Pounds)

St. Joseph’s girls soccer team continued its run of dominance this season on Monday with a 4-1 win over Fairfield Warde at home.

Sophomore forward Jenna Bike netted two goals to lead the Cadets, who have outscored the opposition 59-7 on the year. They’re still unbeaten, now 12-0-1 and atop the FCIAC with 37 points.

“We have a solid team through the backs, the midfield, (goalkeeper), forwards,” Bike said. “It’s all solid. We’re happy to get all the wins.”

The Cadets led Warde (8-3-1) 3-0 at halftime and 4-0 close to midway through the second half. They outshot the Mustangs 15-5. Only a Jenn Maldonado goal with 20:46 remaining kept the Cadets from notching their ninth shutout this year and fourth in a row.

“I thought this was going to be a tough game, and it was,” Bike said. “We just put our chances away early and kept a solid stamina throughout the game.”

The Cadets controlled an edge in possession throughout, and they never allowed Warde to settle in on defense.

Just what did the performance on offense say about the FCIAC’s first-place squad?

“It tells us that at any given point, offensively, we’re very dangerous and we can score,” coach Jack Nogueira said. “It’s good to have that.”

“They’re a very dynamic team, they have playmakers, and they play well together,” Warde coach Tom Cunningham said of the Cadets. “It’s a lot of offense that you need to try to slow down.”

St. Joseph has a challenging stretch to close out the regular season, beginning with a trip to Westhill (9-3) on Wednesday. The  Cadets will also host Darien (9-2-1) on Oct. 22 and New Canaan (5-7) on Oct. 24. Nogueira knows it’s important that his team stays focused.

“We can lose any game. … Certainly every team’s going to play us, so we’ve got to be ready,” he said. “We’ve got to stay humble and we’ve got to continue to work.”

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