BOYS SOCCER: Danbury stays unbeaten with win at Stamford
STAMFORD—The Danbury boys soccer team aspires to be playing meaningful postseason games come November.
Despite moving to 6-0-4 on the season with a 1-0 win at Stamford Thursday and remaining one of two unbeaten teams in the FCIAC, the Hatters know there are areas where they must improve if they are going to be playing for titles in a month.
“We looked dangerous, which is always good and we defended relatively well. Overall, it wasn’t a bad performance but we need to be a bit more clinical,” Danbury coach Anthony Howard said. “If we are going to really make a push for it this year, we have got to be better in front of goal. We had a lot of opportunities and we just need to be more clinical finishing those opportunities. I was happy we had so many chances in the second half but we just need to finish the ball.”
One of the reasons Danbury had trouble finishing near goal was the outstanding play of Stamford keeper David Collazo who made several stops at point-blank range in the second half, including a diving, one-handed save with 22 minutes remaining.
Collazo kept Stamford (3-4-2) in the game but the Black Knights could not string together enough offense to make any serious runs at the Danbury net.
“We had too many touches on the ball. We are not capitalizing on some of the opportunities to build and then finish,” Stamford coach Mario Caminiti said. “We rely too much on Kenly (Lalanne). There is no connection between the back, the middle and the forwards. We are just waiting for him to do something. One man cannot do it. We were lucky because David (Collazo) made four or five really good saves and kept us in it.”
Danbury broke the scoreless tie with 21:18 left to play when Mallomin Jallow broke free with the ball near the top of the 18, streaking in and scoring the game’s lone goal.
“In the second half, we were able to move the ball quicker, find the holes and play me through. I got through on one of them and finished it,” Jallow said. “I would say we play better in the second half. We have scored more goals and we seem to stay connected more and play better in the second half.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tyler Warren, Danbury. Playing centerback, Warren kept Stamford and especially its leading scorer Lalanne under wraps all afternoon.
DANBURY 1, STAMFORD 0
DANBURY 0 1—1
STAMFORD 0 0—0
Records: D 6-0-4; S 3-4-2
Goals: D—Mallomin Jallow. Goalies: D Matthew Silva 4 saves; S—David Collazo 9 saves