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.