All season, St. Joseph’s forwards have been too talented to contain. They netted a majority of the team’s 73 goals in what was a 15-0-1 regular season.
While they were held scoreless for much of Wednesday’s FCIAC championship match by Wilton, the Cadets’ dynamic front line ultimately made an impact.
Sophomore Jenna Bike’s goal in the 53rd minute was enough to propel the top-seeded and unbeaten Cadets to their second-straight conference title and first outright since 2008.
With the Class LL state tournament up next (the seedings will be revealed Friday), St. Joseph is 18-0-1. That lone draw came against Wilton, 2-2 on Sept. 24. And the Cadets were certainly aware of that entering the final.
“They were our only tie. We wanted to reclaim a little revenge,” Bike said, “for the little blemish in our season.”
The Cadets recorded 12 shots, including eight after a scoreless first half in which Bike was whistled for offsides five times. Bike finally beat Wilton goalkeeper Hana Previte with 27:34 remaining when she collected a long ball from Alexandra Waizenegger inside the box.
“Give credit to Wilton. Their athletes and their backs did a tremendous job all game,” St. Joseph coach Jack Nogueira said. “We found a way to win the game. That’s what great teams do — find ways to win games.”
Previte, who was a field player for much of the season, stopped eight shots, including a few off the breakaway.
“She played great. I’m happy for her,” Wilton coach John Salvatore said.