The Fairfield Ludlowe and Warde boys soccer teams are fit to be tied.

The Mustangs and Falcons each had differing opinions of their annual affair, yet Ludlowe retained the Swedish Cup for the seventh straight year after a 1-1 draw in front of 950 at Tetreau/Davis Field in Fairfield.

Tobias Gimand tallied the Falcons' goal in the 24th minue. Ludlowe outpossessed and earned more opportunities in the first 25 minutes, but were thwarted by the Mustangs' defense, and their own inabilities to finish.

"Their kids played with a lot of heart tonight," Ludlowe coach Kevin O'Hara said of Warde. "But we got great opportunities and we didn't capitalize on them."

Brian Luchsinger scored Warde's lone goal of the game. The Mustangs are now 0-2-5 in the seven contests between the crosstown rivals. Yet, could have stolen game if not for Gimand's goal line save in the 51st minute.

"(Gimand) was smart enough to see our goalie got caught," O'Hara said. "That would have been a terrible goal to give up."

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Charlie Kottler's save on Kevin Ross' free kick in the final minute also preserved the tie for the Falcons.

"Charlie came out and made a great save," Warde coach Justin Ottavio said.

Ludlowe's lone score of the game came when Gimand settled the ball from about 25 yards out, but managed to blast a shot by Warde keeper Dave DiSilvestro to put the first goal on the board and whip the Ludlowe faithful into a frenzy.

"Tobias beat his one man and caught them off guard," O'Hara said of the goal. "He did a nice job."

But the game did not remain that way for long. In the 37th minute, Griffin Pugh cleared a long pass down the right side which Luchsinger caught up with, settled and blasted by Ryan Arrigo to tie the game.

"It was a brilliant ball by Pugh," Ottavio said. "The moment (Luchsinger) will remember was the goal where he took time, was composed and elected to use placement over power. Luchsinger in the past would have put the ball over the net."

"Credit them, the opportunity they got, they buried it," O'Hara said.

The Falcons appeared to break the tie in the 59th minute, but had its goal disallowed by an offsides call.

Ottavio praised his squad's poise, especially early in the game. The Falcons earned four corner kicks in the first 40 minutes, but managed just the lone goal from the outside.

"Coming back with the heart, desire and motivation, definitely shows the character of this team," he said. "It's a testament to their resolve and the atmosphere here at Warde."

O'Hara admitted he was dissatisfied despite the one point his team earned.

"I'm disappointed we didn't walk out of here with a `W,'" he said. "I thought we played very well tonight."

The Mustangs can clinch a trip to the state playoffs for the fourth straight year with a win or tie against St. Joseph on Thursday at Indian Ledge Park at 4 p.m.

"Our goal every year is to get to the state tournament," Ottavio said. "This is just one out of 16...we were pleased to walk away with a point."

Ludlowe will host Stamford tonight at 7 p.m.