GREENWICH — Needing a win in its final game of the season to qualify for the CIAC Class LL Tournament, the Greenwich girls soccer team settled for a tie against visiting Fairfield Ludlowe.
And unfortunately for the Cardinals, that kept them out of the postseason.
Ludlowe and Greenwich each had several scoring chances, but the FCIAC squads dueled to a 0-0 draw at rainy Cardinal Stadium on Tuesday.
The Falcons have earned a berth in the state playoffs with a record of 6-8-2. Greenwich ended its season with a mark of 5-9-2, just needing one more win to extend their 2019 season.
“The season in general, I feel like we’re moving in the right direction,” GHS coach Simon Rumbold said. “We had a challenging start with a tough schedule, but after our initial five, or six saves, the girls turned it around. Unfortunately, there were a couple of games we needed to go our way that didn’t go our way.”
Ludlowe junior goalie Julia Pida made three saves, while Greenwich goalie Clay Garrett stopped four shots.
Following a scoreless first half, the Cardinals drew several corner kicks in the second half, but the Falcons kept the home team off the scoreboard.
“It was a good game, it was definitely evenly-matched,” Falcons coach Peter Nikac said. “Greenwich was effective, especially when they moved the ball up front. They had some really nice players with speed and had some nice runners.”
Senior Claudia Caruso and KK Feureman tested Pida with shots on goal midway through the second half, while teammate Carly O’Brien, a junior created a chance late in the game.
Junior Laura Herron and senior Grace Shah paced the Falcons’ defensive effort.
“I don’t think we made the connections we wanted to make,” Nikac said. “The gaps that were offered to us, we didn’t take advantage of as quickly as we should. Overall, it was a pretty even game.”
The game marked the final one for Cardinals senior captains Jordan Moses and Garrett.
“This team was the most memorable part of my high school experience,” Moses said. “I made so many friends on this team and grew into a leader. It was a great experience, win or lose.”
Rumbold credited Moses, freshman Sam Kraven, junior Sophia Bastek and sophomore Kelly Martyanov for helping spark the squad on Tuesday.
“Our goal was to make states and we came as close as you can to making it,” Rumbold said. “We are losing great seniors, but we are also young. We need people to step up and we have to keep building.”