Fall sports

Greenwich boys soccer team secures No. 1 seed in FCIAC Tournament with 3-1 road win against Stamford

The Greenwich boys soccer team accomplished plenty with Wednesday’s 3-1 victory at Stamford.

With the win, the Cardinals earned the No. 1 seed in the FCIAC Tournament, captured the FCIAC West Division title and will receive the Ralph King Cup for having the best record in the FCIAC.

And of course, the Cardinals won the FCIAC regular season championship with the triumph, as they posted a record of 11-1-3 and are unbeaten in their last 11 games.

Greenwich hosts Brien McMahon in Friday’s 3 p.m. FCIAC Tournament quarterfinals.

“It was a big game for both teams,” GHS coach Kurt Putnam said of Wednesday’s game against host Stamford. “They needed a tie to make the state tournament and we needed a win to make sure we won the divisional championship and get the No. 1 seed and maintain our No. 4 seed in the state. We had a lot to play for. If we had lost, we could have dropped down in the seedings in the FCIAC Tournament.”

Stamford went into halftime with a 1-0 lead on Greenwich, behind a goal in the 25th minute.

“At halftime, we said that we are creating chances, we just haven’t had that finishing touch,” Putnam said. “I said, just go out there the second half, but let’s try to show a little more hunger and composure for the finish.”

The Black Knights maintained their 1-0 edge until the 60th minute. That’s when Greenwich tallied the equalizer. Junior Jacob Galvez sent a cross into the box that was headed into the goal by senior Alejandro Rodriguez, evening the score at 1-1.

In the 70th minute, senior Maximo Acosta gathered a through ball, took it inside the box and finished from close in, giving Greenwich a 2-1 advantage. Junior Lucas Luzuriaga tallied in the 75th minute for Greenwich, making it 3-1. Senior Julian Colin got the win in goal for Greenwich, which hasn’t lost since it was edged by Norwalk, 2-1, on Sept. 21.

“I’m feeling really good about the team,” Putnam said. “We’ve been playing well the past three weeks. We just have to concentrate on the next game and once we can get the next game out of the way, we can move onto the game after that.”

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