Galle tallies winner to snap streak of draws

It took six years for it to happen, but someone finally broke through in the boys soccer series between the cross-town rivals from Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe.
After five straight ties dating back to 2007, Ludlowe found itself on the winning side of the score as junior Matt Galle headed in a cross from sophomore Brendan Layne in the 19th minute of the second half and the Falcons held on for a 1-0 victory Thursday night at Tetreau-Davis field.
Ludlowe’s decisive goal started on a corner kick on the ride side. Layne, playing in place of injured sophomore Richie Bellucci, gathered the ball on the left side and lofted a long pass back into the box.
Galle, one of the smallest players on the field, somehow managed to get his head on the ball, deflecting it past Warde goalkeeper Mike Lerman (6 saves) with a shot that seemed as if it was in slow motion.
“It wasn’t the prettiest goal,” Ludlowe head coach Kevin O’Hara said. “But that’s what we try to tell the kids, just try to crash the box and pressure and knock things loose. It was actually our smallest guy who put it on goal. So sometimes you get lucky.”
Galle, who has scored all of three goals this season, wasn’t quite sure how to explain it himself.
“I don’t know, it all happened so fast,” Galle said. “I was in the middle of the box and it was like tunnel vision. No one was around me and I just saw the ball come down. It landed on my head and I was able to put it away.”

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