For 78 and a half minutes Thursday, the Enfield High School boys soccer team hung right with NCCC co-leader Suffield.
The exception was an 84-second stretch early in the second half, when the Wildcats tallied back-to-back goals en route to a 2-0 victory.
Matt Guminiak scored the only goal Suffield would need less than eight minutes into the second half, then Ryan Della Penna followed with an insurance goal to help boost the Wildcats' record to 9-1.
"We were lucky to be tied at the half, and we were lucky to win 2-0," Suffield head coach Mark Beigel said. "We had one deflect off the goalie, and the other one was a nice little playback that got tucked in the corner. They were far from finesse goals; the ball bounced our way, so we'll take it."
Ben Woodhouse earned the shutout in goal for the Wildcats by stopping eight shots. Mike Knapp played well in net for the Raiders, recording 14 saves.
"Our aim was to keep the score as low as possible," Enfield head coach John Mancuso said. "I couldn't be prouder of the team; they gave it their all."
Both schools return to action Tuesday. Suffield hosts SMSA at 4 p.m., while Enfield (3-7-1) travels to Granby at 3:45 p.m.