Prep, Greenwich stage classic

Great night of soccer in New Canaan with Fairfield Prep and Norwalk advancing to next week’s Class LL championship.

Prep and Greenwich staged a fantastic opener with the Jesuits winning on penalty kicks 7-5 after a scoreless regulation and overtime.

Standouts for Prep were goalie William Steiner, who kept the Jesuits in the game as Greenwich got several good looks at the goal but could not finish.

David Bruton played well in the midfield for Prep and freshman Chris Molina always seemed to be near the ball.

For Greenwich sweeper Jon Palmer was excellent, turning away several chances including a 3 on 1 where he just took the ball away from Prep’s Austin Sims.

Pieter Zenner was once again stellar for the Cardinals, nearly scoring several times and setting up teammates with nifty passing.

Greenwich goalie Emmett Clarke went to the hospital after colliding with David Bigley and suffering an injury below the belt.

I don’t want to get into a big thing but penalties stink as a way to decide a state tournament games or any game for that matter.

After the two 10-minute over time periods they should go to golden goal so it is at least decided on the field.

Otherwise it was a great game between to very good teams and an enjoyable, albeit freezing cold night of soccer.

Scott Ericson