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Conard Girls Soccer Drops Match to Farmington

Conard sophomore Grace Beazoglou (right) stops a Farmington run toward the goal at the midfield. Conard vs. Farmington girls soccer. Sept. 27, 2019. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Saige Rovero’s late goal wasn’t enough as Conard falls to CCC foe Farmington.

Saige Rovero (no. 29) scored for Conard in the second half. Conard vs. Farmington girls soccer. Sept. 27, 2019. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

By Marlon Pitter. Photos by Ronni Newton

The Conard girls soccer team surrendered three second-half goals in a 4-1 loss to Farmington Friday afternoon at McKee Stadium in West Hartford.

Emma Novajasky scored twice for the Indians, while Ava Ferrari and Adeline Legault also tallied goals in the contest. Saige Rovero scored the Chieftains’ lone goal.

Farmington (3-1-1) dominated possession in the second half, making it difficult for Conard (2-3) to create scoring chances and mount a comeback.

“I thought we played well in moments,” said Conard head coach Meg Cersosimo. “If our moments had lasted a little bit longer, I think it was more of that 1-0, 2-1 type of game. We had a couple lapses that gave up some goals, which was disappointing, but I thought that our girls continued to fight all the way through, which is a positive for us.”

Ferrari scored at the 36:32 mark in the first half to give Farmington a 1-0 lead.

Less than 10 minutes into the second half, Novajasky sent a long, high shot into the net to put the Indians ahead 2-0. Near the 20-minute mark, Legault scored on a rebound. Novajasky added a breakaway goal two minutes later.

Rovero ended Farmington’s shutout as she battled a defender down the right the side of the field and scored on the far side of the goalie with over 15 minutes to play.

Despite the loss, Cersosimo said the message to her team is to keep improving throughout the season.

“It’s not where you start; it’s where you finish,” she said. “We have to get better every single day, so come ready to go tomorrow to get to be better.”

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Conard vs. Farmington girls soccer. Sept. 27, 2019. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Conard vs. Farmington girls soccer. Sept. 27, 2019. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Conard goalie Samantha Lee makes a save in the second half. Conard vs. Farmington girls soccer. Sept. 27, 2019. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Conard vs. Farmington girls soccer. Sept. 27, 2019. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Conard vs. Farmington girls soccer. Sept. 27, 2019. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Conard vs. Farmington girls soccer. Sept. 27, 2019. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Conard vs. Farmington girls soccer. Sept. 27, 2019. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Conard vs. Farmington girls soccer. Sept. 27, 2019. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Both teams watch for the ball after Conard’s corner kick. Conard vs. Farmington girls soccer. Sept. 27, 2019. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Conard vs. Farmington girls soccer. Sept. 27, 2019. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Hall and East Hartford captains meet for the coin toss at midfield. Sept. 28, 2019 (Photo credit: Marlon Pitter)

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