Boys soccer: Trumbull-Greenwich co-champs

Having played to a regular-season tie, the Trumbull High and Greenwich High boys soccer teams again battled to a deadlock, this time a 1-1 final, in Thursday night’s FCIAC championship game at Testa Field in Norwalk.

The second-seeded Eagles fell behind less than two minutes into the game, but proceeded to pile up the opportunities and tie the top-seeded Cardinals early in the second half.

Trumbull dominated the second-half chances and neither team mustered much in a pair of 10-minute overtimes.

Trumbull’s Daniel Folchick headed a corner kick from game MVP Matthew Restrepo off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net for the equalizer 7:38 into the second half.

Trumbull kept pressing, generating a 22-14 shots advantage.

Greenwich goalkeeper James Johnson came up with some sharp saves, including a diving denial of Thang Dao’s well-placed header off a long Folchick throw-in that nearly found the short side lower corner inside the post.

Eagle keeper Jonathan Campbell made some key stops at the other end, and Trumbull’s defense blocked several shots as well.

Greenwich’s Flavien Lolo scored off a free kick opportunity taken by Alejandro MacLean to put the Eagles in an early hole.

Trumbull coach Sebastian Gangemi pointed out that he prefers surrendering a goal to fall behind sooner than later. “We had a lot of soccer left,” Gangemi said.

Although ties can leave teams with a bit of an empty feeling, neither coach was disappointed in the outcome.

“I’m okay with it. When it settles down you still have the trophy at the end of the season,” Greenwich coach Kurt Putnam said.

Both teams went unbeaten this fall — the Eagles 12-0-4 and the Cards 13-0-3 — and advanced with nail-biting one-goal victories in each the quarterfinal and semifinal round of the FCIAC tourney.

“That’s two great teams,  two of the best teams in the state. It’s a fair result,” Gangemi said. “It was a privilege to be a part of it.”

“Of course you want to win. We want to face them again in states,” Restrepo said.