Fairfield Warde boys soccer dominates St. Joseph
Published 2:10 pm, Tuesday, October 26, 2010
For Fairfield Warde's boys soccer team, Monday's game with St. Joseph was about as good as it gets.
Sal Siciliano scored a pair of goals and the Mustangs dominated the Cadets, shutting them down 4-0 on Monday afternoon in Trumbull.
"We're firing on all cylinders," Warde coach Justin Ottavio said. "We've been executed very well."
Jason Correia and Connor Gavey each tallied goals as the Mustangs won for the fifth consecutive game.
The Mustangs were not pleased with the way they played the first 10 minutes of the game, however in the 22nd minute, Warde took the lead and the stranglehold on the game. Senior Ross Anderson served a free kick into the box that Kevin Petroccio chested to Siciliano, who booted the ball past St. Joseph goalkeeper Paul Kuczo and put the Mustangs up 1-0.
"I've been taking the free kicks," Anderson said. "It's given me a lot of confidence."
"We've been deadly on free kicks," Ottavio said.
Siciliano scored his second of the game when Anderson blasted his corner kick right on Siciliano's forehead and past Kuczo to put Warde up 2-0.
"Ross played a great ball to the back post," Siciliano said. "I faked one way and went around the defender to the back post."
"I just kind of bent it in on his head," Anderson said. "[Siciliano] makes it look easy."
Ottavio praised the junior Siciliano for his improvement in the three years he has been on the varsity unit.
"His progression as a soccer player has been astounding," Ottavio said. "He's just got a knack for finishing."
Gavey's goal came on a wonderful individual effort when he stole the ball from Kuczo and beat him in the 53rd minute to put Warde up by three.
"Our team, collectively, plays very well off of one another," Ottavio said. "The parity among us and the work ethic that we have is inspiring."
The Mustangs capped the scoring with a tremendous team effort when a Warde defender saved a goal with a goal line save, then booted the ball forward where Correia and Petroccio worked a give and go that ended with Correia tucking the ball into the net to put Warde up 4-0.
"That was the nail in the coffin," Ottavio said.
Ottavio was beyond excited that his team is playing so well, especially given that the FCIAC playoffs start on Friday. Warde has gone 8-1-2 in its last 11 games since starting the year 1-2-1.
"At this point we can play with anyone," Ottavio said. "We have the mindset that if we're down, we're going to keep firing."
The team agreed that its Oct. 12 win over first place Norwalk boosted its confidence and has properly prepared the team for the upcoming playoffs.
"We're just on a roll," Anderson said. "We've got a lot of confidence."
"We're not to the point where we're cocky," Siciliano said.
Warde will close its conference schedule with powerful Greenwich on Wednesday at home at 4 p.m. in its final tune-up before the FCIAC playoffs.