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Varsity Soccer

Fairfield Prep, Oricoli '16 edge Shelton

By Doug Bonjour, CT Post, October 22, 2013

SHELTON -- Fairfield Prep's Jack Oricoli first stunned his opponent with an immediate equalizer. Then, when the sophomore midfielder had a prime opportunity to bury his opponent, he did that as well. Oricoli's header in the 53rd minute capped a two-goal match and propelled the Jesuits to a 2-1 defeat of Shelton on Monday at Finn Stadium. "We had been struggling with scoring all year. I think we turned the corner tonight," Prep coach Ryan Lyddy said. "I think we're peaking at the right time."

The win snapped a three-match winless streak for the Jesuits (8-5-3), who regrouped after a team meeting with the postseason approaching. Oricoli snapped a 1-1 tie with 27:05 remaining when he raced down the left side and headed in a cross from midfielder Mike Infante. "I just happened to be in the right place at the right time," said Oricoli, who matched his goal total for the season on Monday. "We generated passes throughout the middle."

Shelton generated some passes, too, it just didn't finish them. It picked up the pressure in what coachJoe D'Auria calls the "red zone" late in the match, but the Jesuits ultimately allowed only two second-half shots. "In the red zone, every game this season we've outshot our opponents," D'Auria said. "We have chances, we just can't finish."

The Gaels (8-4-3) polished off one of their first quality chances in the 13th minute when senior forward Matthew Manzo pocketed a ball inside the far post. Prep goalkeeper Mike Meszaros stymied plenty of close-range shots following that.

The Gaels' lead didn't last long, though. Only 12 seconds later, Oricoli collected a long ball from defender Austin Sims 20 yards from the opponent's goal. With a defender racing alongside him and Shelton goalkeeper Chris Carewapproaching, Oricoli flicked the ball up on one bounce and in. "I just tried to put it over (the goalkeeper)," Oricoli said. "I didn't mean for it to go that high."

"We got the goal, we were playing very well, then all of a sudden we just let our guard down," D'Auria added. "They came right down and scored. That's been our M.O. all season long."

The Jesuits -- a two-time defending SCC champion and Class LL state runner-up -- will now await their likely draw in the conference tournament. The Gaels, who are now winless in their last four (0-3-1), visit another playoff contender, North Haven, on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.. Despite its recent struggles, Lyddy believes his young team is starting to believe in itself. The Jesuits have close to an entirely new roster due to graduation losses and departures to the U.S. Developmental Academy. "I think we found what a team is," Lyddy said. "We molded tonight into a team, which we've been trying to do all year."

FAIRFIELD PREP 1 1 -- 2
SHELTON 1 0 -- 1

Records: Prep 8-5-3; Shelton 8-4-3.

Goals: P -- Jack Oricoli 2; S -- Matthew Manzo. Assists: P -- Austin Sims, Mike Infante; S --Kevin Kuna, Cody Cisero. Goalies: P -- Mike Meszaros (2 saves); S -- Chris Carew (4). Shots: P -- 8; S -- 7.

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Record: 8-5-3
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Thu, 08/29/13
5:00PM
S Away @ Taft Field
vs. Fairfield Ludlowe
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Tue, 09/03/13
5:30PM
S Away @ Testa Field, NHS
vs. Norwalk
  more info
Tue, 09/10/13
7:00PM
  Away @ Blue and Gold Stadium
vs. Newtown
Win 1-0
Thu, 09/12/13
4:30PM
  Home @ Alumni Field, Fairfield University
vs. Daniel Hand
Win 2-1
Sat, 09/14/13
7:00PM
  Away  
Loss 2-1
Tue, 09/17/13
3:45PM
  Home @ Alumni Field, Fairfield University
vs. Shelton
Loss 1-0
Fri, 09/20/13
3:45PM
  Away @ HHS Turf Field
vs. Hamden
Win 2-1
Mon, 09/23/13
7:30PM
  Away @ Ken Strong Stadium
vs. West Haven
Tie 2-2
Wed, 09/25/13
3:45PM
  Home @ Alumni Field, Fairfield University
vs. Notre Dame-West Haven
Win 4-0
Fri, 09/27/13
6:30PM
  Away @ Branford High School-Turf Field
vs. Branford
Win 3-0
Tue, 10/01/13
3:45PM
  Home @ Alumni Field, Fairfield University
vs. Xavier
Loss 1-0
Fri, 10/04/13
4:00PM
  Away @ DHHS Turf Field
vs. Daniel Hand
Tie 2-2
Tue, 10/08/13
3:45PM
  Home @ Alumni Field, Fairfield University
vs. Hamden
Win 3-0
Wed, 10/09/13
3:45PM
  Home @ Alumni Field, Fairfield University
vs. West Haven
Win 1-0
Fri, 10/11/13
3:45PM
  Away @ Veteran's Stadium
vs. Notre Dame-West Haven
Tie 2-2
Tue, 10/15/13
3:45PM
  Home @ Alumni Field, Fairfield University
vs. Branford
Loss 2-1
Fri, 10/18/13
7:30PM
  Away @ Oakwood Soccer Club
vs. Xavier
Loss 1-0
Mon, 10/21/13
7:00PM
  Away @ Shelton High School Finn Stadium
vs. Shelton
Win 2-1
Sun, 10/27/13
6:00PM
T Away @ Oakwood Soccer Park, Portland, CT
vs. Xavier
Loss 3-1
Tue, 11/05/13
3:45PM
T Home @ Alumni Field, Fairfield University
vs. New Milford
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Thu, 11/07/13
2:00PM
T Away  
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