FAIRFIELD >> As nice as the regular season finished up for the Fairfield Ludlowe boys’ soccer team with an undefeated record, last Friday’s FCIAC quarterfinal victory meant a little more.
Making just their second FCIAC Tournament appearance in program history, the Falcons defeated Wilton 2-0 on Taft Field to advance to the semifinals for the first time ever.
“This has been our goal the whole year to get this one,” Ludlowe head coach Kevin O’Hara said. “And even though the regular season was fantastic, undefeated was beyond our wildest dream, but this has been our goal to go one step further.”
Ludlowe will face Norwalk tonight at 7 p.m. at Taft Field for the right to play for the championship on Wednesday.
No. 7 Staples and No. 3 Greenwich play prior at Ludlowe at 5 p.m. in the other semifinal.
A year after making the tournament for the first time in program history and falling in the first round, experience and maturity have been a staple all season long for the Falcons that are still a young team.
The No. 1 seed in the tournament, Ludlowe pressed all game last Friday against a solid Wilton team.
The Falcons possessed for most of the 80 minutes and switched the ball up fast and utilized the corners well. Nicky Stahle scored midway through the first half and then Richie Bellucci put Ludlowe up 2-0 off a ball from Lorin Tobey in the second half.
“We could have had some early goals, we let a couple slip away from us, but we didn’t stop pressing, we didn’t get nervous, we still focused on our game plan,” O’Hara said.
The Falcons (14-0-3), will face No. 4 Norwalk, who beat Darien 5-3 in penalty kicks. During the regular season Ludlowe and Norwalk played to a 1-1 tie.
Bellucci said he’s seen a different team from a year ago all season, and making a postseason run won’t be any different.
“It seems like we’re a little older, playing a lot better and really looking to make a run,” he said. “We just play our game and establish our dominance. We make them (other teams) change to us.”