The McMahon girls soccer team took the field on senior night, under the rain Tuesday, to take on a 10-win St. Joseph of Trumbull squad that was looking to bolster its playoff seeding.
McMahon, despite having only three wins and being eliminated from playoff contention, certainly gave it a valiant effort. The Senators held St. Joe's scoreless through halftime before falling 3-0.
"It was great. They stepped it up. The defense held off the offense. They stayed composed," McMahon coach Christie Robinson said.
They repeatedly cleared balls before they got to goalkeeper Shangye Samuels, who finished with a strong performance of her own, and five saves.
The Senators had won two straight over Stamford and Bridgeport Central earlier in October to keep their state playoff aspirations alive, but back to back setbacks to Fairfield Ludlowe and Ridgefield dropped the team out of the running.
Despite the 3-11 overall record heading into the final two games this week, Robinson has been pleased with the development of her squad.
"They definitely have improved since the beginning of the season," said the coach, adding that the Senators have possessed the ball a lot better of late.
"I'm pleased with that and hopefully next season we can move forward from where we ended and be more competitive next year," Robinson said.
"I will miss their humor and their ability to have the girls play at a higher level," Robinson said.