NORWALK — The first FCIAC boys soccer title in Fairfield Ludlowe history was conceived out of careful calculation yet born out of a little bit of mayhem.
Kevin O’Hara has worked with one eye on the future in building the Falcons to be able to compete on an even level in a sport where Wreckers, Cardinals and Tigers have roamed.
The future arrived Wednesday night.
Part coronation, part trumpeted arrival, the top-seeded Falcons played progressively better as the game went on until time ran out and they had a deserved 1-0 decision over Greenwich at Norwalk High School in their first appearance in the final, completing an undefeated conference season.
Alex Ostberg of the Darien boys cross country team and Hannah DeBalsi of the Staples girls cross country team are this week’s BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players of the Week.
Ostberg and DeBalsi will each receive T-shirts and plaques from BlueStreak Sports Training.
Ostberg set course and meet records in winning both the FCIAC and Class L championships.
DeBalsi won both the FCIAC and Class LL championships.
FAIRFIELD — He graduated enough players to stock the starting lineup for his school’s football team, with a few extra extra for reserves.
Greenwich boys soccer coach Kurt Putnam said the objectives back in August were modest.
“If anybody said this at the beginning of the season, I’d have said really, we’ll take that now,” Putnam said Monday night, minutes after the Cardinals had come away with a hard-fought 3-2 FCIAC Tournament semifinal win over Staples to move a win away from repeating as conference champion. “To be honest our goal was to get back in the state tournament. It wasn’t that we had low expectations, we had honest expectations. The first one was to get back in the state tournament and take it from there.”
While it is completely reasonable to be skeptical that Putnam didn’t think his team could at least return to the conference playoffs, at the same time he probably circled Wednesday night on the calendar to attend the championship game as a spectator.