Lauralton Hall’s soccer team saw its seven-game unbeaten streak come to an end on the road at the hands of SCC rival Shelton, 2-0, but Crusaders head into the postseason with reason for optimism.

“I think we have the potential to go really far,” defender Caitie Lynch said. “I think we just need to link with our midfielders better.”

The Crusaders, who were held scoreless for the first time since a season opening tie with Mercy, know they will have to put together more on offense than they did in the Shelton game, and in subsequent loses to Daniel Hand 3-1) and Guilford (1-0).

They struggled to generate chances and Shelton goalkeeper Courtney Litts needed to make only a handful of saves to preserve the clean sheet.

“I think they got us out of our method by their hard work and relentless attacking,” Lauralton coach Steven Waizenegger said of his 8-5-3 team. “We couldn’t muster much of an attack.”

The field surface may have played into Lauralton’s play.

“We practice on grass. I think the turf was a surprise. It was a lot faster than we’re used to. We were second to the ball today,” Lynch said.

Shelton’s game plan was to tightly mark, double team in fact, Lauralton standout Caroline Monahan, who scored Lauralton’s lone goal in a 3-1 setback to Shelton earlier this season.

Goalkeeper Julia Rush made seven saves against Shelton.

“We’ve had a good year. It’s a really good group of kids here. They respond, they work hard,” Waizenegger said.