— Scott Ericson (@EricsonSports) September 25, 2018
FAIRFIELD—The FCIAC boys soccer playoffs are still over a month away but Monday night fans were treated to a playoff-like atmosphere on the field at Trumbull and Ludlowe locked horns.
In a back-and-forth affair, Trumbull got a late goal from Justin Horvath, giving them a 3-2 win at Taft Field.
Horvath’s goal came with 5:05 left to play as he one-timed the ball past the Ludlowe keeper off an on-point cross from Andrew Restrepo from the right wing.
“That was a championship-like game. Whenever we come here, it is always a battle between the two of us. This was like a November game,” Trumbull coach Sebastian Gangemi said. “We score, they come back, we score, they come back. I think it was a balanced game. Second half I think we out-muscled them a little.”
Who knows, the two may even meet again come November. They both are certainly among the league favorites for the postseason.
Trumbull (5-0-1) got on the board first with Restrepo scoring midway through the first half on a low shot from just inside the 18 which the Ludlowe keeper could not corral, allowing it to trickle past the line for the goal.
Ludlowe (3-2-1) would not waste any time answering, scoring less than three minutes later on a goal by Zaid Atta, sending the teams to the half tied 1-1.
Trumbull would go back up on an absolute bullet on a free kick from 40 yards out into the top right corner by Nicola Milovanov.
The Falcons would get the equalizer once again, this time with 15:15 left to play on a pretty goal by George Cortes.
“Good game, two good teams. Trumbull is a physical team with two great players,” Ludlowe coach Kevin O’Hara said. “They are a very good team and very well organized in the back. We were having trouble getting through their defense. We came back, fought well and unfortunately we gave up that one at the end.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Andrew Restrepo, Trumbull. Restrepo scored the first goal of the game and assisted on the final goal. The senior forward created space on the wings all night with his speed, creating multiple scoring chances for the Eagles.
“It was opening up nicely because I was open to the line and listening to the coaches,” Restrepo said. “I think it was a skill battle and whoever was faster and more technical out there.”
TRUMBULL 3, LUDLOWE 2
TRUMBULL 1 2—3
LUDLOWE 1 1—2
Records: T 5-0-1; L 3-2-1
Goals: T—Andrew Restrepo, Nicola Milovanov, Justin Horvath; L– Zaid Atta, George Cortes. Assists: T—Restrepo. Goalies: T—Chris Prizio 4 saves; L—Nicholas Tenreiro 5 saves.