by Aubrey Dyckman
It’s a Thursday night in Norwalk, and a sea of white fills the bleachers. Greenwich students from all grades cheer for the boys soccer team as they face Trumbull in the FCIAC’s final game. The first and only score in the game came from Federico Irigoyen, a Greenwich High School Senior. The goal came midway into the first half, and serve to set the pace for the game. Greenwich dominated, keeping the ball in Trumbull’s half for most of the game, and getting off more shots than could be counted. Senior and defender Nick Glass comments that one of Greenwich’s strengths was “limiting Trumbull’s scoring opportunities. They had very few shots on goal, and as the game went on, we could tell that they were getting more and more frustrated with one another. A lot of things led to us winning the game, but that lockdown defense was definitely a big part.” Another factor in their win and success throughout the season, was their drive and determination. “This year I felt the intensity and determination on and off the field is what got us as far as we did,” said Senior Michael Berzolla. “Our intensity and our willingness to leave everything we have on the field helped to win the game. It was when we would give everything we had to get to that 50/50 ball, or the extra 10 yard sprints we made to put them under pressure.” This was a huge win for the boy’s team, as last year’s final ended in a tie, with two FCIAC champions instead of one. Greenwich went in determined to solidify their title as the top team in the FCIACs, and came out on top. It goes to show that hard work, determination, and heart go a long way, not to mention a fair amount of skill as well.