STAMFORD, Conn. – What started looking like a huge win in a push to the playoffs for the Stamford High School boys' soccer team quickly turned into a game of missed opportunities in a stunning 3-1 loss to Greenwich Wednesday.
The Black Knights dominated just about every facet of the game for the first half, getting six shots on net. Four of those attempts were wide-open shots, but only one found the back of the net on a Lucas Laria blast from 20 yards away.
Instead of a potential 3-0 lead, though, Stamford’s 1-0 halftime advantage would not stand up.
Eleven minutes into the period, Greenwich's Mateo Gowland intercepted an attempted clear by Stamford and fed the ball to a wide-open Paul Qioroga. The sophomore quickly blasted the equalizer into the net from 20 yards out.
Just 50 seconds later, Greenwich was awarded a direct kick 30 yards away from the Stamford goal. With the setting sun making defense nearly impossible for Stamford, Will Gittings easily drilled the eventual game-winning shot into the back-right corner of the net.
Gowland added an insurance goal off a nifty cross pass from Joao Galbier with 21:30 to play.
“It’s been the story of the season. The game should have been over in the first half,” Stamford head coach Mario Caminiti said. “Greenwich made the right adjustments and we didn't react well. The boys aren't happy with just a [conference playoff] spot. We want a home game and to go far.”
Stamford (8-3-2, 26 points) currently is the sixth seed in the conference playoff standings. With three games remaining in the regular season, the Black Knights travel to Brien McMahon of Norwalk for a 3:30 p.m. game Thursday.