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Warde tops Stamford in boys soccer

Varsity vs Stamford HS on 9/22/2011 4:00:00 PM
Posted Friday, September 23, 2011 by William Petroccio
 STAMFORD -- Entering the season, Stamford boys' soccer coach Mario Caminiti had high expectations for his team.

Unfortunately, a disappointing opening day draw with Bassick and a loss to Norwalk left them with only a win against Harding after the opening two weeks.

On Thursday, Stamford was left spinning its wheels again; losing 2-1 to Fairfield Warde despite constant second half pressure after falling behind in the first half.

"We deserved a better result based on our second half effort," Caminiti said. "We have a lot of technical players, but I can't put my finger on what's going on. I came in very confident this year and thought we could have three wins by now."

Stamford was the better team in the early going, and nearly took the lead in the second minute when Nazar Zhukovsky brought down a cross in the box, but his overhead kick hit the crossbar. Moments later, on a Stamford corner kick delivered by Artur Barentsky, Abbas Ayoub couldn't turn home from close range as he crashed the net at the back post.

Instead, it was Warde that scored first in the 14th minute when Ryan Gavey's free kick from 20 yards slipped underneath the diving Marc Guilard in the Stamford goal.

Stamford equalized on a corner kick nine minutes later when Wildendy Lucien pounded in a rebound on the goal line after Zhena Nalywayko's header hit the crossbar.

Unfortunately for the home side, Warde got the winner two minutes later when Stuart Peters jumped on a failed clearance from Guilard, whose punch on a cross only made it as far as Peters near the penalty spot.

"Giving up that second goal definitely affected us after making it 1-1 gave us so much energy," Stamford senior center back Wilderson Lucien said. "Then two seconds after our goal they got that second and it brought us down."

Despite the swing in momentum, Stamford took the initiative in the second half, pounding the Warde box with crosses that forced Fairfield goalkeeper David Disilvestro into action.

Unfortunately, Stamford couldn't find the final piece and never got the equalizer they searched for. For Lucien, the loss is all the more disheartening considering how well his team has played in training, a result that hasn't yet translated into success.

"We work so hard in practice, and move the ball so well," said Lucien, who emigrated from Haiti two years ago. "Now we have to find a way to do it in the game. All we can do now is get ready for Saturday."

For Warde, who collected its second win of the season despite a squad full of sophomores and other first-time varsity starters, the result was all the more satisfying.

"Stamford put us under a lot of pressure in that second half and I think we absorbed it well," Warde coach Jason Ottavio said. "We didn't create as many chances in that second half, but we had the lead and were able to hold it."

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