Boys Soccer Bears play ‘chaotic’ 0-0 tie
DANBURY—With now 20 combined games and one defeat between them, the Danbury and Norwalk boys soccer teams have proven by this point of the season they will be difficult to beat once the postseason arrives.
The two matched one another Monday night and almost predictably played out a 0-0 draw to preserve both team’s impressive starts. Norwalk sits at 6-1-2 while the Hatters (6-0-5) have yet to lose.
But the last 15 minutes could have changed all that as both teams created a flurry of chances to take all three points. The spark was lit after few chances were created for most of the evening; it was the sixth shutout of the year for Norwalk and the fourth for Danbury.
“The game opens up because both teams can smell a bit of tiredness and you want to go at it,” Hatters coach Antony Howard said. “It was probably a bit too open for my liking because we’re better when we keep our shape and we’re compact.”
“Chaotic; I think both teams got stretched at the end,” echoed Norwalk coach Chris Laughton. “We had a few chances, they had a few chances; it happens but I think it was two quality teams that will continue to do well the rest of the way. It was definitely an evenly matched game.”
Norwalk goalie Gianluca Trofa made a pair of key saves down the stretch — and watched a looped effort glance off the crossbar and clear. At the other end, Norwalk had two one-on-one chances that were cleared or shot wide.
“They had great forwards,” said Danbury defender Tyler Warren. “In the final third we let them do their thing but kept them in front of us. We were able to clear their chances away.”
Matt Hernandez, Mike Hidalgo and Seif Samy created opportunities for the visitors.
Danbury dropped into a tie for top spot in the FCIAC standings with Trumbull while Norwalk is in a crowded group battling for a home game in the first round of the playoffs. The Bears finish the season with four more games against teams in the top eight.
“I want to make sure we keep fighting and staying hungry to win games,” Laughton said. “We definitely had that tonight, we just have to be consistent in doing that.”
“Being difficult to be beaten is great because you can obviously build off that,” Warren said. “It’s just a matter of getting those goals in; the forwards can go for it more because we have such a strong defense and know we’re not going to give up goals.”
DANBURY 0, NORWALK 0
NORWALK0 0 — 0
DANBURY0 0 — 0
Goalies: N—Gianluca Trofa (7 saves); D—Mathew Silva (6 saves). Records: Norwalk 6-1-2, Danbury 6-0-5.