Fairfield Ludlowe boys soccer eliminated by Platt Tech
For the Fairfield Ludlowe boys soccer team, the 2009 season will be looked back as a season that was successful that ended prematurely.
That's what the Falcons are thinking now as the No. 16 seed Ludlowe was eliminated by No. 1 Platt Tech, 1-0 on Thursday in the Class L state playoffs in Milford.
"We felt pretty good," Ludlowe head coach Kevin O'Hara said.
The Falcons outshot the Panthers 15-5, but could not capitalize on a flurry of chances, especially in the first half.
"It's unfortunate that when we had the wind we were unable to capitalize on some of the chances that we had," O'Hara said. "If we could've scored one of those early, our confidence would've went up. I think it would've been a totally different game."
Platt Tech finally capitalized with its second half goal. Panther striker Jose Campos was hauled down by junior Andrew Scoville at the 25-yard line. Scoville argued that Campos was tugging on his jersey, but the official ruled a free kick.
"It was a tough call," O'Hara said. "We had calls too but we didn't capitalize on it."
Campos' shot hit the bottom of the crossbar over Ludlowe goalkeeper Luke Clifford and went over the line for the lone goal of the game.
Ludlowe had sustained pressure throughout the second half but could not muster more than one shot in the final 40 minutes of action. Ludlowe's Christian Barral had a pair of chances in the second half, but could not even gain a shot on goal.
"We had our opportunities, but I don't know if their goalie even touched the ball in the second half," O'Hara said. "We weren't shooting. If you're not going to shoot, you're not going to score."
Also helping the Panthers was a home field that appeared narrow and shut the Falcons' wide game down.
"We didn't possess the ball," O'Hara said. "It was a little narrow, but that's what they get for being the No. 1 seed."
"They're some good kids," O'Hara said. "They're a good senior class, we would've liked to go a little further, but it was a good year when it is all said."