— Mary Albl (@MaryAlbl) October 16, 2015
FAIRFIELD >> Another chapter was written Thursday evening in the Fairfield Warde and Ludlowe girls soccer crosstown rivalry. And this one may be the most exciting one yet.
With the score tied at one apiece and the clock winding down, Warde was able to push the ball up the field and was awarded a corner kick. With under 10 seconds, Claire Pullen booted a perfectly placed ball inside the box and junior Anna Glovin’s head found it and scored with 3.3 seconds remaining, to give the Mustangs the dramatic 2-1 victory on the road at Taft Field.
“Final 30 seconds I saw Mollie (Kerrigan, goalie) pushing everyone forward, Claire (Pullen) got to the ball quickly, did what she needed to do, got that great, beautiful cross in and 11 girls in the box, who knows what is going to happen,” Warde head coach Tom Cunningham. “We’ve had some battles. It ranks up there as one of the top games we’ve had against them.”
What happened next was a moment Glovin said she’ll never forget.
“I knew going in, I’m going to get a head on this, I’m going to get a head on this,” an out-of-breath Glovin said. “It just snuck in that far post and there’s the game. I’m never going to forget that moment.”
After the goal, it got a little crazy as the Warde student section poured onto the field with time still remaining. Ludlowe, shocked, still had questions about the corner that was awarded that led to the game-winner.
“Things happens,” Ludlowe head coach Peter Nikac said. “For me, it was a hard-fought game by both teams. I can’t say that the refs missed a call, didn’t make a call, there were some judgement calls that I disagreed with, and that’s just the way it goes sometimes.”
Leading up to the highlight worthy final seconds, was a tightly played and well-fought 80 minutes.
Warde (12-0-1) , ranked in the top five in the state coaches poll, struck first midway through the first half as Hannah Allen took a cross from Teresa Adams and was able to get it past Ludlowe’s keeper, Caroline Serniak.
Down 1-0 at the half, Ludlowe responded quickly in the opening second half of play. A few minutes in, the Falcons (7-4-1) tied the game up a 1, as Babe Dailey found the back of the net.
“At halftime, they knew that there was no way they (Warde) should have scored,” Nikac said. “They said they were going to go right at them and get that goal back. And as soon as they got it, I think that lifted them up.”
Ludlowe had a chance later in the half to take the lead as Peyton Brown blasted a shot at the goal, but Warde’s Kerrigan came charging out and made the tremendous save.
“When it comes down to a big situation you can definitely count on her,” Cunningham said of Kerrigan.
With the win, Warde will now head into Saturday’s showdown (10 a.m., at Warde) against St. Joseph. Both teams have not lost a game yet.
“We take it a game at a time,” Glovin said. “Our focus has been on Ludlowe and now it’s going to be on St. Joes. They’ve had a great year, but we’re on a roll, and this is huge momentum for us.”