Boys Soccer Greenwich hands Trumbull its 1st loss
TRUMBULL — There were lots of saves for Jimmy Johnson on Thursday night at Trumbull as he and the Greenwich boys soccer team dealt the Eagles their first loss, 1-0.
One stood out: No. 1.
“That first save kind of set the tone,” Johnson said; it took a while but was a beauty on Trumbull’s first extended pressure of the evening.
“You’re not going to get through our defense, and even if you get through our back line, you’re not going to get through me.”
Johnson made six saves, a few beauties, including one on a long chance from Brendan Phelan 12 minutes into the second half.
“I thought everyone was switched on well. Our focus was perfect tonight,” Johnson said. “Everybody knew what we had to accomplish and what their individual jobs were going to be on the field.”
Co-captain Jason Weinstein thought the Eagles (6-1-2) got the chances they wanted, particularly in the second half, when they outshot the Cardinals handily pressing for the tie.
No one wants a first loss, but it’s a lot better in October than mid-November, Weinstein said.
“It’s always good to have a punch in the stomach,” Weinstein said. “You don’t want your first loss to be your last, like my sophomore year, 2016, when we lost in the state (Class LL) quarterfinal to Danbury. There’s no practice the next day. It’s just over.”
Greenwich (5-1-3) took the lead on Christopher Cruz’s goal 11:27 into the first half.
“It came in from across. I saw the defender had to run. I wanted to hit it first-time, and luckily it went in.”
It turned into a statement game, some of the Cardinals said, a physical affair all night.
“We knew their best player, Weinstein,” Greenwich defender Thomas Streiff said. “We basically had to be one-on-one versus him. Every time he turned around, we had to be on him.”
Trumbull had some nice early runs and was around Johnson’s net a few times in the first 20 minutes but got nothing to him.
With about 17:30 left in the first half, Bryant Recker fed Andrew Restrepo for a hard shot that Johnson had to punch away. Justin Horvath’s follow-up went high. It came back in to Horvath, and Johnson made a save backing up, dropping the ball before it crossed the goal line along with him.
“The first, we started out flat, and the first half was pretty even after the first 20 minutes,” Weinstein said.
“The second half, we came out with a lot of energy, a good pep talk at halftime, and I feel like we had the better of play in the second half.”
GREENWICH 1, TRUMBULL 0
Records: Greenwich 5-1-3; Trumbull 6-1-2. Goals: G—Christopher Cruz. Goalies: G—Jimmy Johnson (6 saves); T—Chris Prizio (2). Shots: G—10; T—13.