Boys soccer: Trumbull tops Danbury 1-0 in overtime
It took overtime to get it done, but the Trumbull High boys soccer team defeated Danbury High 1-0 in overtime in the FCIAC tournament semifinals at Fairfield Ludlowe’s Taft Field on Monday evening.
Andrew Restrepo came off the bench to strike the lone goal with 1:14 remaining in the first of two 10-minute overtime periods.
"I needed a set of fresh legs and I needed a spark," Trumbull coach Sebastian Gangemi said.
He got just that when Restrepo used his speed to get past a Danbury defender on the left side and blast a shot into the far side of the goal.
"He came up big for us. Nice, beautiful goal," Gangemi said.
The fifth-seeded Eagles advance to the FCIAC championship game for the second year in a row.
Trumbull (12-4-2) will meet second-seeded Greenwich High (13-4-2), who they were co-champions with a season ago, in Thursday’s 7 p.m. final at Testa Field In Norwalk.
The Cardinals defeated sixth-seeded Norwalk High, 2-0, in their semifinal.
In the win over eighth-seeded Danbury, Panayiotis Xenakis assisted on the winning tally.
Trumbull and Danbury tied in their regular-season meeting.
Andrew Menjivar made 10 saves in goal for the Eagles.
Danbury goalkeeper David Mollenthial made eight stops.
It looked as if the Eagles might end it in regulation with a late flurry of activity in front of the Danbury goal, but the Hatters escaped until Restrepo entered the game.