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DARIEN — An early Darien misplay and a lot of ball control was the winning formula for Fairfield Ludlowe on the road Tuesday.

Ludlowe’s Niklas Strahle was able to score 19 minutes into the contest after normally sure-handed Darien goalie Liam Rischmann dropped a ball in the box to give the Falcons a lead they would never relinquish, winning 3-0 at Darien.

“You just want to be at the right place at the right time,” said Strahle, who connected again from short range in the second half. “All that counts is that the goal goes in the back of the net.”

Ludlowe (2-0, 2-0) spent the majority of the first half in Darien territory, playing the ball from player to player and hoping for an opportunity like the one Strahle got. In the second half the Falcons’ offense had worn down the Blue Wave enough to score twice, with David Bates connecting for the final tally off a bounced-around corner kick 17 minutes into the second period.

“They had the strategy that they were going to sit back on us and we took advantage of by moving the ball quickly and crashing the box,” Ludlowe coach Kevin O’Hara said. “Fortunately for us their goalie came out and dropped it and we had someone right there to tuck it in, but I was happy with our play the first half. We like to hold the ball and move it and find lanes open for us to attack and moving it so much tired them out later in the game and we were able to take advantage.”

For Darien (1-1, 1-1), the style of play it planned for went as expected with Rischmann facing very few hard shots, but it was a day when the breaks were not going its way.

“They’re a tough team to play against,” Darien coach Jon Bradley said of a skilled Ludlowe squad. “Overall though the game plan we put in place worked; I don’t think Liam had many tough shots to save but they were three of the worst goals to give away. But, it’s a long season so you just get together and learn and it’s good we have another game on Thursday.”

Ludlowe’s O’Hara didn’t mind the mistake-driven goals, saying he’ll take any chance to score he can get, and through two games the style of play the Falcons have put in place has paid immediate dividends.

“We like to play soccer the real way and try to pass it around and possess it and tire out the other team and that worked today,” Strahle said. “It’s a good feeling, I don’t think were at 100 percent yet, but we’re getting there and it’s a great feeling to keep on winning.” @reportedbytheAP


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Records: D: 1-1, 1-1; FL: 2-0, 2-0. Goals: FL—Niklas Stahle 2, David Bates. Goalies: D—Liam Rischmann (4 saves), Emilio Rivero (1); FL—Frederick Meagher (4). Shots: D—6; FL—11.