STAMFORD -- The boys soccer landscape may change as the heat of September turns into the windy leaf-strewn days of October, but there is one team on a mission this season.

Fairfield Ludlowe High School displayed an excellence of execution Thursday, dominating Stamford High 2-0 on the Black Knights' field.

"To post a road victory here and improve to 2-0 on the season is good," Ludlowe head coach Kevin O'Hara said. "We have a small core of seniors (six) but a deep and tremendous group of juniors (12). We have a lot of experience back from last year."

Besides its experience, Ludlowe used its height and physicality to down Stamford (1-1).

"We got outplayed. Ludlowe had superior passing, superior movement and better mental toughness than we did," veteran Stamford coach Mario Caminitti said. "They forced us to play their game."

While Stamford goalies Nai Perez (six saves) and Andrew Kydes (one save in final 8:52) were busy, Ludlowe goalie Frederick Meagher (three saves) faced little pressure in posting the shutout.

"We didn't have the height to compete with them but we still tried to play too many high balls," Caminitti said. "It seemed like they had ball possession the entire second half. Ludlowe was just better. They outsmarted us."

Ludlowe took a 1-0 lead into intermission thanks to Richie Bellucci's goal from 10 yards out with 26:40 left in the first half. Senior co-captain Matt Doyle earned the assist.

Ludlowe made it 2-0 with 27:11 left to play when Mike McArdle tallied off a corner kick from senior co-captain Lorin Tobey.

"We won all the 50-50 balls," O'Hara said. "That was important playing on this smaller field."

As for Stamford, the loss was a good lesson as to just how tough the road through the FCIAC will be this 2014 campaign.

"The smarter you play, the better you play," Caminitti said. "We didn't win any balls in the midfield. Ludlowe was disciplined. We were chasing the game all afternoon. It's early in the season. I know we're capable of much better than this."

Ludlowe 2, Stamford 0

LUDLOWE 1 1 --2

STAMFORD 0 0 --0

Records: Ludlowe 2-0, 2-0 FCIAC; Stamford 1-1, 1-1 FCIAC.

Goals: L -- Richie Bellucci, Mike McArdle. Assists: L -- Matt Doyle, Lorin Tobey. Goalies: L -- Frederick Meagher (3 saves). S -- Nai Perez (6 saves), Andrew Kydes (1 save).