WATERBURY >> After 110 minutes of hard fought soccer, Ridgefield and Glastonbury walked off the field as co-champions of Class LL, tying 1-1.
“Obviously this doesn’t feel like a state championship player should feel,” said Ridgefield senior goalie Nick Steer. “It feels tainted.”
“This is something that I have to and will be proud of,” said Steer.
With Ridgefield leading 1-0 with less than three minutes left, the Tomahawks had a corner kick. Senior Evan Grenus lined up and his kick went right into the box bounced off a Tigers player and into the net. The goal was credited to Tyler Peterson for Glastonbury.
“It was coming they had all the momentum,” said Ridgefield head coach Phil Bergen. “We fought and we got the short end of the stick in the decision making.”
With 30 minutes left in the second half, Tigers senior Ryan Casolo was called for his second yellow card, making it a red card. The Tigers would play the rest of regulation and both 15 minute overtime periods with only 10 players.
“I don’t think it was a fair call,” said Bergen. “We had three players come off the field with bloody noses. But that’s the game.”
Glastonbury head coach Mark Landers was happy that he team was able to come back and tie the game late, something they have been doing all season.
“Once again, I don’t know how we do it, but we did it,” said Landers. “I just think we don’t panic.”
After the red card to Casolo the Tomahawks went on the attack, maintaining possession for the rest of regulation and overtime, but the Tigers defense was able to shut down Glastonbury expect for the one goal.
“We showed character playing with only 10 men,” said Bergen.
“We weren’t going to lose this game,” said Steer. “I am proud of the team to hold out.”
Daniel Standish scored for the Tigers midway in the first half.
The road to the finals was similar for the two teams, Glastonbury cruised past Hamden in the opening road; they won two overtime and then defeated Greenwich, 2-1, in the semifinals.
After winning the first two rounds by the score of 2-0 each time, the Tigers held on the beat Conard and Xavier 2-1 in each match.
With the tie, both teams weren’t happy but both coaches looked on the bright side.
“They’re a great bunch of guys; it’s not easy to get to the finals,” said Bergen. “It’s something that I will cherish.”
“I got a gold medal on my chest,” Landers said, pointing to the medal the team received saying Class LL champions. “I think Phil’s team deserved it too.”
Ridgefield 1 Glastonbury 1 (OT)
Ridgefield 1 0 – 1
Glastonbury 0 1 – 1
Goals: R – Daniel Standish. G – Tyler Peterson.