Foran High\u2019s girls soccer team, following a 4-0 shutout at the hands of the visiting Bunnell Bulldogs, at the Vito DeVito Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon, has been held off the scoreboard in four straight games after registering at least one goal in the first four contests of the campaign. The Lions fell to 2-4-2, and the Bulldogs improved to 3-3-1 in this non-conference battle. The latest shutout certainly wasn\u2019t for lack of effort. Coach Casey Blake\u2019s Lions registered seven shots on goal, in addition to several that missed just wide or over the top. Natalie Henry and Monica Malangone worked a nice give-and-go, in which Henry was stopped by Bunnell goalkeeper Holly Crowther. Cassandra Zak got behind the defense and crossed into the 18-yard box and the Lions missed just high. Emily Kwalek, Mikayla Duhaime, Carly Malesky, Hayley Byers and Cassandra Bennett were among the players who worked to maintain pressure deep in Bunnell\u2019s end of the field at times. \u201cWe\u2019re combining well \u2013 we\u2019ve just got to finish now. We\u2019re creating opportunities; we\u2019ve just got to put the ball in the back of the net,\u201d Blake said. Foran goalkeepers Maddie and Samantha Mitchell each played a half and came up with four saves apiece; including Samantha\u2019s diving stop on Bunnell\u2019s Alyssa Velez, who otherwise would have recorded a hat-trick. The defense, led by Kimberly Simko, Sophie Lucas, Sabrina Morgan and Lindsey Broderick all played well to deny the Bulldogs of some scoring chances. \u201cI think we played pretty well. I just think Bunnell\u2019s a good team,\u201d Blake said. The Lions, even after trailing 2-0 at the half, surrendering a goal less than three minutes into the second half, and trailing by four goals for the final 25-or-so minutes of the game, didn\u2019t pack it in. They kept pushing and generating scoring chances until the final whistle. \u201cWe don\u2019t give up. We keep working because you never know,\u201d said Blake, adding that good things can happen when the ball is put on goal. \u201cWe\u2019re still working and growing as a team. I\u2019m proud of the way the girls played.\u201d Morgan, one of the team\u2019s captains, notes that the Lions have been working hard on passing to feet and switching fields with the ball. \u201cWe\u2019re working on passing and communicating,\u201d she said. \u201cWe\u2019re improving.\u201d Blake says she\u2019s preaching to her players: \u201cJust come out to work hard \u2013 bring intensity whether we\u2019re at practice or in a game. And push your teammates.\u201d The Lions are scheduled to get back to game action after nearly a week hiatus from game play when they host the Wilbur Cross\/Hillhouse\/Career team on Friday, Oct. 9, beginning at 5:45 p.m.