The learning curve for Bridgeport Central and Fairfield Warde's boys soccer teams was slightly steeper in their contest on opening night.

The Mustangs and Hilltoppers each suffered significant losses from squads that went deep into each's respective state playoff tournament. Because of this, neither side could muster a goal in a 0-0 draw at Kennedy Stadium.

"Both teams are looking for progress," Warde coach Justin Ottavio said. "Both programs lost a lot, it was an opportunity for each team to get a learning experience."

Warde outshot Central 8-7 in the contest. Mustangs' goalkeeper Dave DiSilvestro stopped four shots, as did Jesus Barragan.

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The task was more arduous for the Hilltoppers, who lost nine seniors from the squad that reached the Class LL semifinals a year ago, then nine more starters who were ruled academically ineligible because of new rules in the district.

"We got hurt by a new policy that came into play," Central coach Jay Silverman said. "The kids stepped up and played an amazing game. We really didn't expect the outcome that we got."

The Mustangs controlled the better chances in the second half with senior captain Sal Siciliano heading a pair of corner kick crosses high and wide. Sophomore fullback Michael Foley was also stopped on a header by Barragan.

"Our second half play increased," Ottavio said. "We created more chances. We had a couple of opportunities, we were just unlucky."

Central's Mikefedly Jean had the Hilltoppers' best second half chance, his boot got passed DiSilvestro, but Foley was there for Warde to kick the ball out of harm's way.

"We've got kids with very little experience playing," Silverman said. "I hope this is the start of something for us."