Westhill boys soccer defeats Staples
STAMFORD -- When the calendar turned to October, the Westhill boys soccer team was sitting pretty near the top of the FCIAC standings.
Since then, the Vikings have yet to register a victory, losing three and tying four, slipping to the No. 10 spot entering conference play Tuesday and needing some help to qualify for the tournament, even with a win over Staples.
The Vikings (6-5-5) closed the regular season in style, beating the Wreckers 2-0 at home, leaving the door to the playoffs slightly ajar with a full slate of games Wednesday deciding the final two playoff spots between Westhill, Norwalk, Warde and Danbury.
Staples (10-4-2) is in the FCIAC field with their seed being determined Wednesday.
Whether they qualify for the FCIAC tournament or not, Westhill Coach Joe Andrews was happy to see his team go out with a win over a quality side in Staples.
"It's been awhile, it's been almost a month, so, it's nice to see us end the season with a big win," Andrews said. "We have been paying well, we just haven't been finishing opportunities. We needed to win this game to at least stay in contention for a playoff spot. There was a lot at stake and they came through big."
The Vikings got two goals from Filosmar Cordeiro, one in the 11th minute of the second half and one as time expired.
Cordeiro said it was a team effort that allowed the Vikings to end the regular season on a high note.
"You have to give credit to everyone. Yeah, I had a lot of goals but I could not have done it without everyone out there," Cordeiro said. "Our underclassmen stepped up big. We have a very young back four. It feels great. It was senior night and that just motivated everyone, even the underclassmen were playing hard and clearing everything."
The Wreckers had opportunities, hitting the post with 11:15 to play in the first half and testing the Vikings defense and keeper all afternoon.
The Wreckers were without a few key players, but not being able to tally is part of the game according to Staples Coach Dan Woog.
"Soccer is a cruel game," Woog said. "We had some great opportunities. We are without several players. Playing with a backup keeper, missing our centerback and outside back, so, huge props to the guys that stepped up. It was a patchwork lineup and they fought until the end."
The Vikings now have 23 points, one ahead of Danbury and Warde for the final playoff spot, but need both teams to lose Wednesday in order to make the FCIAC tournament.
WESTHILL 2, STAPLES 0
STAPLES 0 0 -- 0
WESTHILL 0 2 -- 2
Records: S -- 10-4-2; WH -- 6-5-5
Goals: Filosmar Cordeiro 2. Goalies: S -- Brenden Price (5 saves); WH -- Eddy Richardson (9 saves)