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Boys Soccer Greenwich edges Ludlowe for first win

September 18, 2018

After two hard-fought draws and a loss, the Greenwich High School boys soccer team got a result to go its way on Monday.

Francisco Liguori made sure of it.

Liguori scored two goals, lifting Greenwich to a 2-1 win over visiting Fairfield Ludlowe in an FCIAC matchup held at Cardinal Stadium.

Greenwich, the defending FCIAC champion, is 1-1-2 following the victory.

“We sat with the players at one of our team gatherings and went over our yearbook,” GHS coach Kurt Putnam said. “I asked them to go down the list and see when the last time Greenwich didn’t make the FCIAC Tournament was. It was years ago, so this team has a winning pedigree. We have high expectations placed on ourselves and we need to start playing like we know how and do what we do best to meet those expectations.”

Liguori tallied in the first minute of play and the 48th minute. His first goal came off a header off a pass from Woojin Kwak. Liguori’s second tally was the result of a set piece, as he converted a free kick.

“Francisco really led us today,” Putnam said. “That first goal got us going. A lot of our guys played really well today. We went back to doing what we do well and I was very pleased with our work rate. We worked very hard behind the ball throughout the game and closed Ludlowe down, which is what we didn’t do against Darien (a loss).”

Senior Jimmy Johnson made a pair of saves in the shutout win for GHS, which was powered by the aggressive play of Chris Cruz, Liguori and Shoki Araki.

“We knew it was there in us and we pulled it out of ourselves today,” Putnam said. “The high intensity that we need to play with was there and we hope to build off this.”

Ludlowe received a goal from Declan Kuhn.

dfierro@greenwichtime.com

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