Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe boys soccer tie

For the second year in a row, the Fairfield Ludlowe, Fairfield Warde boys soccer game ended without a winner.

Warde's Sal Siciliano scored for Warde in the first half, and Luke Carter tied the game with just 11 minutes to go to force a 1-1 tie between Ludlowe and Warde, in front of a raucous 1,350 at Taft Field.

The Mustangs tied their sixth game of the season in the tie with Ludlowe. The Falcons moved to 5-4-3 and currently sit in the eighth playoff spot for the FCIAC playoffs.

Ludlowe controlled play for the majority of the game, yet trailed for most of the contest. Warde got on the board first in the 13th minute when Kevin Petroccio was fouled at the 40-yard line. Petroccio set up for a free kick and booted the ball into the box where Siciliano skied through the Ludlowe defense and headed the ball past Ludlowe's keeper Luke Clifford to put Warde up 1-0.

"We've been working on Sal in terms of his aerial tactics," Ottavio said. "He's progressed well."

Ludlowe's Chris Heyn had a number of chances for the Falcons both in the first and second half. Heyn was stopped by Warde's Phil Coletti in the fourth minute. Heyn got a great opportunity on a run in the 25th minute when he sent a pass across the box to teammate Pat Nadolny. Nadolny's try sailed over the net and the Falcons were thwarted again.

"It was kind of frustrating," Heyn said.

In the second half, the Mustangs held Ludlowe off the board, with the stellar play of Freedman and the Warde defense. The Falcons had a number of terrific chances in a five minute span from Casper and Tobias Gimand and Joey Sisca, but Freedman kept the Falcons at bay.

"They had a lot of chances in the second half," Ottavio said. "Thankfully we had Freedman back there, if we have another goalie, it's probably a different story."

Ludlowe scored in the 69th minute when the Falcons earned a corner. Heyn inserted the ball into the box and Casper Gimand headed it down. Carter put the ball past Freedman to tie the game at one.

"I knew to keep it away from Freedman because he's a great goalie," Heyn said. "It just bounced around and Luke capitalized on it. It was a great goal."

Freedman was upset about giving up the lead with just 11 minutes remaining in the game.

The senior goalkeeper kept the game tied though. Ludlowe had a terrific number of chances after scoring, including a corner kick that Heyn tried to bend into the goal. Freedman punched the ball away to preserve the tie.

"I was kind of going for it," Heyn said. "If it went it would've been great. It was a good try."

Both coaches spoke glowingly of the game, especially the atmosphere.

"It's a lot of fun," O'Hara said. "I'm somewhat jealous of these kids for the experience that they get to play under these conditions."

"It's a great atmosphere," Ottavio said.

Despite the tie, Ludlowe kept the Swedish Cup, which goes to the winner of the game between Ludlowe and Warde. Ludlowe won the last decision in the game in 2007.