Paul Costa's goal earns Trumbull draw with Ludlowe

Trumbull High’s Paul Costa knocked in a rebound of a header by senior captain Justin Lynch off a direct kick by fellow senior captain Dan Bartoli with 2:20 left in the second half, allowing the Eagles to pull out a 2-2 tie against undefeated Fairfield Warde in a physical affair in Trumbull on Saturday.

Ludlowe (6-0-1) appeared to be on its way to its seventh win in seven games, taking a 2-1 lead with 11 minutes left. But Trumbull never stopped fighting and produced its most consistent offensive pressure over the final five minutes.

A foul on Ludlowe gave the Eagles a direct kick from 25 yards out. Lynch almost scored himself, flicking a header that Ludlowe goalie Fred Meagher (5 saves) punched off the crossbar. But the ball went right to the feet of Costa on the right side with the Eagles pushing all 10 players into the offensive side of the field.

Trumbull (1-4-1) used its physical play to knock the Falcons off their game. Ludlowe had only allowed one goal over its first six games. Costa’s goal was the first non-penalty kick the Falcons allowed this season.

Warde scored on a penalty kick during a 3-1 Ludlowe win last week and Russo scored on another to put the Eagles up 1-0 with 7:18 left in the first half.

Ludlowe tied it 1-1 with 29:42 left in the second half, as senior Matt Doyle headed a throw-in from the right sideline by defender Alec Georgiadis from the near post to the back side of the net.

Trumbull had a couple of great chances over the next few minutes, but Ludlowe defender Lorin Tobey was there to make a couple of solid denials.

Ludlowe scored again with 11:18 left on the same exact play. This time, Doyle didn’t score on the throw-in by Georgiadis. But his header went to Mike McArdle and he knocked it past goalkeeper Dan Isaac (5 saves) for the go-ahead goal.