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Week 2: Centaurs down Fitch, lose heartbreaker to East Lyme

After getting just two goals in its first two matches, the Woodstock Academy girls soccer team broke out in Groton on Wednesday.

The Centaurs picked up their first win of the season with a 5-1 victory over the Fitch Falcons.

"This team realizes that it is good enough to compete with teams like East Lyme and this first win certainly provides evidence of what we are capable of," coach Dennis Snelling said.

The Centaurs did compete with the Vikings Saturday at the Bentley Athletic Complex, but East Lyme posted the 1-0 victory..

The Centaurs finished the week with a 1-3 overall mark and 1-1 record in Division I of the Eastern Connecticut Conference.

Grace Gelhaus equaled her output for the season coming in to the Fitch match as she put two in the net against the Falcons to give her four on the year.

The senior had help.

Sophomore newcomer Leah Costa scored the first goal of the match for Woodstock Academy and assisted on Gelhaus' first goal.

"Leah seems right at home with all of us and her energy and physical strength is a great complement to Grace," Snelling said. "The two of them together will really be a chore for opponents to deal with."

Bella Mawson and Juliet Allard also tallied for the Centaurs.

The defense has also picked up its effort.

It allowed just two goals to Ledyard in its second outing, and just one each to Fitch and East Lyme.

Goalies Rebecca Nazer and Fiona Rigney only had to make three saves between them against the Falcons.

East Lyme scored the only goal of the match Saturday five minutes into the second half. 

"The defense, along with the keepers, are doing a good job communicating and organizing our defensive shape throughout the game," Snelling said.