ARLINGTON >> The Arlington girls soccer team put up a good fight against undefeated opponent West Rutland on Tuesday night.
That fight wasn't enough, however, to come out with a win as the Golden Horde defeated Arlington, 3-1, to improve to a perfect 9-0 on the season.
The Eagles found themselves in an early hole when Brooke Raiche recovered her own rebound off a save by Arlington goalie Shaana Staab, and banked her second shot attempt home to give West Rutland a 1-0 lead.
Raiche's goal was the only one Staab gave up in a great first half in net, collecting 10 saves to keep Arlington down only 1-0 going into the halftime.
"West Rutland got a early score on us, but the girls kept battling and did a good job keeping themselves in the game," said Arlington coach Dan Wood. "I thought we were able to create chances for ourselves and really make them work to get quality looks on goal."
It was the same story at the start of the second half for Arlington as West Rutland extended their lead to two on a laser rocket of goal by Shelby Grabowski, each of the Golden Horde's first two goals come in the first three minutes of each half.
"We seem to have a let down in the first five to 10 minutes of a half in each game we play and we have to clean that up," Wood said. " When you put yourself in a early hole, it's tough to constantly come back from it and we have to focus on limiting those early miscues."
Moments later, Arlington finally got themselves on the board, with a goal by Tess Belnap that brought the deficit back down to one.
Belnap almost tied the game a minute later, but her shot hit the top of the cross bar and bounced out of play, keeping it 2-1.
After back and forth action for the next couple of minutes, West Rutland brought its lead back up to two when Grabowski again got into the scoring action, heading a ball in off a corner kick for her game-high second goal of the contest and to give the Golden Horde a 3-1 lead.
Back down two, the Eagles started to make another offensive push into the West Rutland end, but had nothing to show for it as both Arlington tries went wide of the net.
"We had our opportunities to score. We just couldn't finish on most of them," Wood said. "We had the same amount scoring opportunities as West Rutland, so the chances are there for us, we just have to put them in the net."
The rest of the contest prove to be a wash for both squads, allowing West Rutland to gain a two-goal victory to remain perfect on the season.
Staab finished with a game-high 12 saves in net for Arlington.
"Even though it's a loss, the girls should feel good about themselves with their play against a good team in West Rutland," Wood said. "We had a couple of players out tonight, which hurt us. We have some things we have to work on, but I think as we get more healthier and with the girls performance tonight, we can a be good team come the end of the season."
With the loss, Arlington drops to 3-3-2 on the season.
The Eagles will try to get back on the winning track when they travel to play MSJ on Thursday at 4 p.m.