FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Warde girls soccer team defeated Trumbull during the regular season and in the FCIAC quarterfinals. The Eagles happily returned the favor in the state playoffs.

Senior Meghan Ahearn scored twice to propel the 12th-seeded Eagles past the fifth-seeded Mustangs 3-1 in the second round of the Class LL tournament on Thursday at Tetreau-Davis Field.

“It feels amazing,” Ahearn said. “We played them two other times and came up short, but this time we knew what was coming. We worked so hard and gave it all we had. We ended up on top.”

In the 17th minute, Ahearn helped set up Trumbull’s first goal after her shot bounced off the far post and directly to Elizabeth Foley, who wasted no time finishing the rebound. Ahearn scored in the 38th minute to make it 2-0 and cashed in an insurance goal in the 74th minute to cap the scoring.

“Warde’s a really tough team, they play very good soccer,” Trumbull coach Daniel Uhrlass said. “We wanted to play a strong 80 minutes because last time we hadn’t played well.”

The win pushed the Eagles (12-4-3) into the quarterfinals, where they will face FCIAC challenger Staples, the No. 4 seed, in Westport on Saturday. Warde, on the other hand, saw its season come to an end at 13-5-1.

“I think we had a few chances that we missed out on early in the first half, but overall, give credit to Trumbull for playing a great game,” Mustangs coach Tom Cunningham said. “It was a tough one.”

Sophomore Avery Rice stopped perhaps Warde’s best scoring chance when she dove to her right to deny Clare Corcoran on a penalty kick, keeping the Eagles ahead 2-0 with 27 minutes left.

“Clare struck a good ball,” Cunningham said. “The goalie made a phenomenal save on it.”

Amanda Motkin snuck a shot past Rice from nearly 20 yards out to pull the Mustangs within 2-1 in the 73rd minute, but it wasn’t enough to save the Mustangs.

Rice finished with five saves. Trumbull’s other goalie, Maryna Barone, was injured in a first-round win over West Haven.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Meghan Ahearn, Trumbull, F: The senior scored two goals (38th and 74th minutes) and essentially helped set up another in the win.

KEEP UP THE PRESSURE

After losing to Warde twice earlier this season, Uhrlass made few tactical changes leading up to Thursday’s rematch. He emphasized crashing the net as a big key to solving Warde’s tough defense, but otherwise just stressed the “intangibles” to his players. “It wasn’t really a tactical thing,” he said.

QUOTABLE

“We knew that we needed to play our hearts out and give it all we had. We did that tonight. We followed through.” — Ahearn on what it took to defeat Warde

dbonjour@ctpost.com; @DougBonjour

TRUMBULL 3, WARDE 1

TRUMBULL 2 1 — 3

WARDE 0 1 — 1

Records: Trumbull 12-4-3; Warde 13-5-1. Scoring: T — Meghan Ahearn 2g, Elizabeth Foley 1g, Julia Jager 2a; W — Amanda Motkin 1g. Goalies: T — Avery Rice (5 saves); W — Caleigh Walklet (2). Shots: T — 6; W — 8.