Fairfield Ludlowe girls soccer eliminated from Class LL by Glastonbury
The Fairfield Ludlowe girls soccer team enjoyed a magical dream run as a No. 13 seed to the Class LL state semifinal.
Unfortunately for the Falcons, the top-seeded Glastonbury team was there to wake them up.
The Tomahawks got a pair of goals from senior Kerriann Welch and also another goal from Lauren Pierce as No. 1 Glastonbury ended the Falcons' season, 3-1 on Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium in Waterbury.
"I'm not going to say that we were just happy to be here," Ludlowe head coach Tony Samuelian said. "We're going to take away a lot."
Falcons' keeper Blakely Zecher stopped four shots as Ludlowe finished the year 13-7-2.
Ludlowe did not go down quietly though. Despite falling behind on Pierce's goal in the fifth minute, the Falcons responded right back with a goal in the seventh minute.
Falcons' senior midfielder Chrissy Lozier inserted the ball on a free kick that appeared to hit a Tomahawk player and fell right to Harold. The junior forward blasted her shot past Glastonbury goalkeeper Natalie Signor to tie the game at one.
"I think from the start that we knew that had an opportunity against this team," Samuelian said. "When we got the first goal, I think that gave us some momentum."
Glastonbury controlled the game territorially, outshooting Ludlowe 12-2. But the Falcons also had opportunities. Ludlowe's chances generally came when putting a shot on Signor, who had trouble fielding kicks at her. Harold and Brooke Mackno each had other opportunities as the game progressed, but could not finish.
"We put pressure on the keeper, who probably hasn't been challenged all year," Samuelian said. "The keeper bobbled a few...and I think we ran out of gas."
Welch netted her first of two in the 23rd minute that put Glastonbury back in front, Welch's second goal came in the 55th minute and essentially sealed the game for the Tomahawks.
"We were soft inside the 18 [yard box]," Samuelian said. "That is one of our weaknesses."
Glastonbury who will play either Westhill on either Friday for the Class LL championship at West Haven High School a t 7 p.m.
Ludlowe's final record is 13-7-2.