Ludlowe boys soccer blasts shorthanded Harding

Playing against a depleted Harding team, a fast start was important for the Fairfield Ludlowe boys soccer team.

A quick start is exactly what the Falcons got, as they scored six times in the first 20 minutes and rolled to a 7-0 win at Taft Field.

Mahmoud Kafel scored twice and Steven Katz scored and added three assists as Ludlowe won for the third time in four games.

"We're on a roll," Ludlowe assistant coach Jason Golesky said. "I think we're starting to click."

Harding reserve goalkeeper Christian Quiroga stopped 10 shots as the Presidents were playing without eight varsity players. Included in the eight was starting goalkeeper Adolfo Barragan.

"That, in and of itself, took all of our motivation out," Harding coach Dimas Couto said.

Kafel's first came just 38 seconds into the game, on a run when he left footed a ball passed Quiroga in the first minute.

Ludlowe's roll continued, when Katz and Tobias Gimand each assisted on the other's goal just 25 seconds apart, to put the Falcons ahead 3-0.

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"We wanted to get momentum going," Ludlowe captain Christian Barral said. "We wanted to work hard, and get ahead early."

Two minutes later, sophomore Jason Fromme scored and 37 seconds after that, Kafel netted his second of the game from Katz to put the Falcons ahead 5-0.

"I think we played well all overall," Kafel said.

Mark Dubovsky capped the first half scoring when he headed a corner kick in from Katz. Henry Kreiter's goal in the 51st minute put Ludlowe up 7-0.

The Presidents had some chances, and without Quiroga, the margin would have been much greater. Bardin Rodriguez was also robbed by Ludlowe goalkeeper Ryan Arrigo (three saves) and Omar Molina also had a near miss.

"It's going to take some time for us to move up to the next level and be competitive," Couto said. "We had a few opportunities...but we've got to keep working harder."

Harding fell to 0-5 on the year. The Falcons improved to 4-2, and are looking toward their contest on Friday against Wilton as a measuring stick. The Warriors are 2-1-1 and beat Ludlowe 2-0 a year ago.

"We're hoping to get a better result against them," Kafel said.