They fought until the very end, but the magic finally ran out for the Fairfield Ludlowe girls' soccer team. The Falcons had been the Cinderella story for the 2010 Class LL playoffs . After not making the FCIAC playoffs, they were ranked 16th in the tournament and knocked off top-seeded Glastonbury on their way to the semifinals.
Ludlowe twice tried to overcome two-goal deficits to SCC champions Shelton on Wednesday night and nearly pulled it off. The Falcons dug themselves in too deep a hole, though, and their season ended in the state semifinals for the second year in a row, losing 3-2 on a very windy night at Norwalk High School.
"They took advantage of our weaknesses tonight," Ludlowe head coach Tony Samuelian said. "Shelton is a very quick team. But we never gave up and this game went down to the wire. I couldn't ask for more from of these girls. It's just our seventh year with a soccer program and I know we'll be back."
Ludlowe seemed to be caught off guard by Shelton's fast style of play. The fourth-ranked Gaels had two shots on net in the first two minutes of the match that nearly went in. The third shot did, putting Ludlowe behind with 9:44 left in the first. Just 78-seconds later, a miscommunication among Ludlowe defenders led to another Shelton goal.
Ludlowe was not about to give up, though. The Falcons had a refocused attack for the rest of the match and Mary Kamovitch put her team on the board with 43 seconds left in the first half.
Shelton provided the dagger in the 70th minute as Angie Ferro put the game out of reach. Ludlowe's Katie Coyle cut the deficit to one again in the 76th minute, but it was too little, too late. The strong wind may have played a factor, as Ludlowe's keeper, Blakely Zecher, struggled to clear the ball out of the Falcons' zone.
Fairfield Ludlowe finishes its season at 12-6-2, including the playoffs.
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