STAMFORD, Conn. – The colors black and orange have been missing from the boys soccer conference playoffs for six years, but Stamford High School has finally found a way back to the postseason.
Just don’t expect the Black Knights to be satisfied with only the playoff berth.
“I don’t think the boys are satisfied just making it,” Stamford head coach Mario Caminiti said. “I think the players want more. We just have to have a game plan when we start on Friday and execute it, because now we’re playing against the top teams in the league.”
Stamford finished the regular season with an 11-3-2 record, which is the first time since 2002 the Black Knights have won at least 10 games. It’s also the most wins Stamford has accumulated since winning 13 in 1997.
That year was the only time Stamford advanced to the conference championship game in program history. The Black Knights tied with New Canaan and shared the conference trophy that season.
“We’re just going hard and practicing hard for Friday,” Stamford defenseman Marc Guirand said. “We want to go all the way to that championship game. We just need to finish.”
Stamford enters the conference tournament as the fifth seed and will open the playoffs at fourth-seeded Wilton on Friday at 4 p.m. The Black Knights did not play Wilton during the regular season.
One concern for Stamford, however, is that all three of its losses this season came against playoff qualifiers. Despite its struggles against playoff opponents, Caminiti knows anything can happen in the postseason.
“We are happy we’re there, though, and I think we can play with anyone in the league,” Caminiti said. “I think we’ve proven that in the second half of the season. And I like our chances.”