FAIRFIELD >> At the end of Wednesday evenings boys’ soccer game between Fairfield Warde and Ludlowe, the scoreboard shined brightly with zeros.
Despite the scoreless draw between the two town rivals at Tetreau/Davis Field, both coaches felt like it was an exciting and entertaining 80 minutes of soccer.
“In the 12 years of this game, to me, it’s one of the most exciting games,” Ludlowe head coach Kevin O’Hara said. “That game was back and forth, they had momentum, we had momentum, and again, credit to them, they’re a nice team.”
Coming into the contest, the two teams were separated by one point in the FCIAC East Division standings.
While Ludlowe (7-2-3), the winner of the rivalry game last fall, took home the annual Swedish Trophy for another year, Warde (7-2-4) stayed one point ahead of the Falcons in the standings.
“I thought we left everything on the pitch,” Warde head coach Justin Ottavio said. “I thought we played well, I thought it could have gone both ways.”
With adrenaline taking over most the first half, play settled down in the final 40 minutes with both teams having some opportunities to get on the board.
“In an atmosphere, with this type of crowd…they get a little bit jacked up and their emotions take over,” O’Hara said. “I think you saw it from both teams.”
With just about three minutes remaining in the game and both teams pressing, Ludlowe’s Tulio Almedia drilled a shot from nearly 25 yards out that looked destined for the upper right corner, but Warde keeper Matt Skelton made a nice diving save to preserve the shutout.
“I’m glad he was there to save it,” Ottavio said.
Added O’Hara: “If he doesn’t get that one, it’s dipping in under the crossbar for sure.”
Those type of plays from Skelton, along with stingy and solid defense from both teams, were on full display all night.
“I thought we were pretty dangerous, but I have to give a lot of credit to their defense,” Ottavio said. “They stopped our attack multiple times.”
Ludlowe will next host Greenwich on Friday at 6 p.m. while Warde will travel to St. Joes.