FAIRFIELD — After five years of playing to a tie, the Fairfield Ludlowe boys’ soccer team finally broke the streak against crosstown rival Warde.
Midway through the second half Thursday evening at Tetreau/Davis Field, Ludlowe’s Matt Galle received a ball from teammate Brendan Layne that shot right into the box and Galle found himself in the right place at the right time. He took advantage and put in through the net that turned out to be the eventual game-winner and just his third goal of the season.
“It just happened all so fast,” Galle said. “I was just in the middle of the box, I just kind of had tunnel vision. Nobody was around me and (I) just had the ball come down and it landed on my head and I was able to put it away.”
Galle’s goal broke up a solid defensive contest from both teams all evening. The victory for Ludlowe (8-3) also snapped a two-game losing streak.
“The kids came fired up today,” Ludlowe’s head coach Kevin O’Hara said. “When I got to locker room tonight they were ready. Tonight I could see they were ready to go.”
For Warde, it was a gutsy and all-out performance as the team was playing without captain Jack Mappa who injured his elbow during Wednesday’s game against Trinity Catholic.
After a scoreless first half, Warde had a few early opportunities in the second half to get on the board, but sophomore keeper Frederick Meagher positioned himself well to keep the game scorless. Meagher finished the night with four saves.
“Hats off to Warde, they really played very well tonight,” O’Hara said.
Added Warde head coach Justin Ottavio: “He (Meagher) had a star save on Peter Stymacks shot. In the end…I’m happy with the way we carried and conducted ourselves throughout the game. Ludlowe’s a great team, they had a lot of pressure on us.”
Warde’s keeper Michael Lerman finished with eight saves.
Warde dropped to 6-4-3 on the season.