Ludlowe goes undefeated in FCIAC's, playoffs next
The talk started, for the first time, after Monday night's win over New Canaan. And on Wednesday, that talk became reality.
Thanks to a 3-0 victory over Bassick at Went Field in Bridgeport, the Ludlowe boys' soccer team finished the regular season with a 13-0-3 record, the first undefeated season in program history, along with clinching the FCIAC Central Division title.
"It's unbelievable. It's the first time we've won anything here, so I congratulated them on being Central Division champs for the first time in Ludlowe history," Falcons coach Kevin O'Hara said. "They fought through some tough conditions but they stayed focused. I'm happy for the kids, this has been a long time coming for them."
The wins over the Rams and the Lions secured the top seed in the FCIAC tournament, which starts today at 4 p.m. at Taft Field against No. 8 seed Wilton. A win would put them into the semifinals -- which will also be held at Taft Field on Monday at either 5 or 7 p.m. The FCIAC championship is set for next Wednesday at Norwalk High at 4:30 p.m.
"It's a great accomplishment (going undefeated) but it really doesn't mean anything," said Doyle, a senior captain. "We have to get ready for (today). The FCIAC's are when it counts. That's when we have to take everything we've built on and put it toward winning the state tournament."
And they'll do that one game at a time.
That mantra has been the Falcons rallying cry since opening the season. And so far, so good.
"Our battle cry all season as been going one step further," said O'Hara. "(Today) starts the big prize and we want to make sure we take care of business."
And there is a lot of business left for Ludlowe -- who lost in the first round of the FCIAC tournament last season and then fell in the second round of the states -- to take care of if the Falcons want to take home the CIAC title, with potentially as many as eight games still to play (three FCIAC playoff games and five CIAC games).
"We came into (this season) looking to have the best season we could and this (finishing undefeated) is was definitely a great accomplishment for us, " said senior Alec Georgiadis. "But now we've go to focus on the next two tournaments coming up, starting (Friday)"