Before the SCC

tournament's start, the Fairfield Prep boys

soccer team hit an offensive lull.

The Jesuits managed just three goals in their final four regular season games. Despite a 1-0-3 record in those contests, Prep's offense was on watch and needed to

step up in the tournament.

The Jesuits' offense has responded, potting five goals in two games reaching the SCC final for the second time in three years.

"These guys are running on all cylinders," coach Ryan Lyddy said. "We're believing in them, they're believing in us."

Star sophomore striker Austin Sims has spearheaded the offensive explosion, and so has junior Tim Frassetto. Sims has two goals and Frassetto has one and added an assist in the Jesuits' 2-0 win on Saturday against

Shelton in the quarterfinals.

"I've been practicing a lot," Frassetto said. "I've been doing every little thing I can to keep this season going."

Prep's defense is as reliable as it gets in the state, having allowed just five goals in the team's 18 games.

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"We have great confidence in our defense," Lyddy said. "They've done an excellent job."

But two of those 18 were scoreless ties, and in the tumultuous nature of tournament soccer, those 0-0 draws go to overtime and then penalty kicks. The better team does not necessarily win.

To combat that, Prep has scored early and put its opponents on its heels. The Jesuits have in the first 15 minutes of each of their tournament games, including Sims' goal at 3:25 in Wednesday's

semifinal win over Guilford.

"We've been coming off the block hard, just to see how the other team reacts," he said."

Lyddy expects the same from his kids in the Saturday's final, and is not worried about either ND-West Haven or Cheshire.

"We're just going to roll," Lyddy said. "Whoever we play, I hope they're ready."