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Warde Boys Soccer Stymied by New Canaan Defense

Varsity vs New Canaan HS on 9/27/2011 6:30:00 PM
Posted Thursday, September 29, 2011 by William Petroccio
 FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield Warde High School boys soccer team came ready to play against defending state champion New Canaan on Tuesday evening. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, the New Canaan defense was up to the challenge. A frustrating night of several missed opportunities ended in a 2-0 Warde loss.

“We created chances [in the second half] and I think that was because of our effort. It just unfortunately didn’t fall the way we wanted it to,” Warde head coach Justin Ottavio said. “New Canaan is a very talented team. They caught us on our heels in that first half.”

Neither team could pick up much momentum in the first half, struggling to get out of the middle of the field. It appeared Warde would get into the halftime with a scoreless tie when a bad bounce turned the tide.

New Canaan had already started to retreat to its territory when Warde attempted to clear the ball out of its zone with just over 2:30 to play in the half. New Canaan’s Jon-Luke Ferrandino did not fall back, however, and collided with a Warde player.

The ball squirted free behind the Mustang defenders. Before any of them could react, Tom Carey had an unopposed shot to the goal, drilling it past keeper David DiSilvestro.

Warde’s offense dominated possession in the second half, setting up several promising attacks. The Mustangs could not get any solid shots off, however, and New Canaan goalie Scott Levene gobbled up six saves in the final 40 minutes.

“I think if we had the effort in the first half that we showed in the second, things would have been different,” Ottavio said. “[Carey’s] goal was a momentum buster. I thought we handled adversity well, though, and hopefully we’ll use it as a learning experience.”

New Canaan added a second goal with 12 seconds to play in the game.

Warde (3-2-1) will host Greenwich on Friday at 4:30 p.m. 

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