No. 3 Norwalk explodes for five goals in win over No. 8 Warde

NORWALK — The Norwalk boys soccer team served notice on Thursday night that the FCIAC in 2021 runs through them.

Norwalk, ranked No. 3 in the CSCA Class LL/L CT High School Boys Soccer Coaches Poll this week, scored early and often, dismantling No. 8 Warde 5-1 at Testa Field on Thursday night.

Norwalk (8-0-2) is the last unbeaten team in the FCIAC and one of three unbeaten teams left in Class LL along with Hall and Xavier.

Coming off a 0-0 tie with Danbury where it felt it left scoring opportunities slip away, Norwalk was determined to finish this time around.

“We’ve been on them about being more efficient offensively. I guess they got the message,” Norwalk coach Chris Laughton said. “The last couple of games, we’ve had shots in the 20s and we are scoring one goal. It just wasn’t good enough. Tonight, they came out and were more efficient finishing and I thought we finally had that killer instinct to go at teams.”

Jack Gerardi and Myles Sawyer both scored twice with Mateo Cano adding one as well.

Norwalk struck first with Dylan Thomas tapping forward a perfect pass onto the head of Sawyer, who finished with the flick-on header for the score.

The Bears would get another in the first half when Gerardi won a race down the right side to a free ball, taking one touch and firing into the far corner of the goal.

Norwalk picked up where it left off after the intermission with Cano dribbling in and shooting, and Gerardi following him and knocking in the rebound.

Warde got one back on a goal from Eric Jara to make it 3-1, but could not create any other quality chances thanks to Norwalk controlling the majority of the ball.

“I thought the first 20 minutes for us were very positive. I thought we moved the ball well I thought we had chances but then, unfortunately, they got an opportunity to score and they finished. And they built off that goal quite well,” Warde coach Justin Ottavio said. “They are a skilled team , the posses well, they move well, they are very fluid and very dynamic, they are deep and they have lot of threats.”

Later in the half, Sawyer got his second goal and Cano scored a beautiful goal, finishing a give-and-go with Matthew Martinez, rounding out the scoring for Norwalk.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Myles Sawyer, Norwalk, Jr., M: Sawyer was in the middle of the action all night long, scoring twice and creating multiple scoring opportunities for himself and others.

QUOTABLE

“It was mostly the defense. It all starts with the defense and then we worked up. We got our goals by pressing as a team. It starts with the defense and then it is our front three all creating chances. Our midfield is so creative, it really opens up the offense. We came out and wanted to win and show everybody what we are made out of.” — Norwalk’s Myles Sawyer

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NORWALK 5 WARDE 1

WARDE 0 1—1

NORWALK 2 3—5

Scoring: N—Myles Sawyer 2g; Jack Gerardi 2g; Mateo Cano 1g, 1a; Dylan Thomas 1a; Mathew Martinez

Goalies: W—Brendan O’Hara 5 saves; N—Jake Godwin 5 saves