Prep soccer advances to SCC semis
Playing rival Shelton for the third time in a season, and second time in a week, Fairfield Prep
boys soccer coach Ryan Lyddy knew his team would need something extra.
What he got was an early goal and a nearly flawless effort.
at Alumni Field in Fairfield.
"These guys rose to the challenge today," Lyddy said. "They played the way they were supposed to play."
Juniors Tim Frassetto and Kieran Bracken each notched assists and Prep goalkeeper Will Steiner stopped two shots as the Jesuits advanced to
the SCC semifinals
for the third straight year.
Prep was 1-0-1 against the Gaels during the regular season, including a 1-0 win at Shelton on Monday. That success led Lyddy to worry.
"When you play a team for a third time in a year, it can kind of go either way," he said.
Prep's first goal came in the first 10 minutes when Frassetto's free kick was placed right on Tortora's head, and by Shelton goalkeeper Tyler Howland to put the Jesuits up 1-0.
"That broke the camel's back," Lyddy said. "Mentally, physically, that goal broke them down."
The Jesuits stymied the Gaels at seemingly every turn after the goal, as Prep held Shelton to just four shots for the game, and only two on target that Steiner stopped.
"Our outside backs stepped up and played really well," Bracken said. "And Will Steiner in goal, you can't get by him."
Midway through the second half, Bracken stole the ball from a Shelton defender along the sideline, and lofted it to Sims' head that the sophomore striker deposited in the net to give Prep a 2-0 lead.
"We've been trying to get (Sims) to score on a header all year," Bracken said. "He finally did."
The Jesuits will play the winner of Hamden and Guilford on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. Guilford has eliminated Prep from SCCs each of the last two years, including a penalty kick win over the Jesuits in 2009 in the SCC Finals.
"They're a quality team," Lyddy said of the Indians. "If we set the tone right off the bat, I think we'll come out with a victory."