BOYS SOCCER: Late flurry pushes Lyman Hall past Sheehan in finale at the Fitz

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WALLINGFORD — Lyman Hall scored two goals in the final 12 minutes to earn a dramatic 2-1 win over crosstown foe Sheehan at Fitzgerald Field in the Phil Ottochian Complex on Wednesday night.

Devin Isufi scored in the 78th minute to break a 1-1 tie and lift the Trojans to the win.

Yahya Kardad provided the centering pass and Isufi knocked it in.

“We were going down the field on the right side and Yahya saw me in the middle," Isufi said. “We trust each other and play with confidence, and he saw me and I turned around and shot. It was just high intensity and confidence.”

 Ten minutes earlier, LH senior Max Fuller provide the equalizer with a close-range shot in the 68th minute.

The game’s initial goal came off the foot of Sheehan senior captain Kalen Boman, who scored unassisted in the 28th minute.

It looked like that goal was going to hold up until a stoppage in play with 13 minutes on the clock.

That break allowed LH coach Arnie Jandreau to talk to his players and pump them up. The Trojans responded with two goals in short order.

Earlier, Sheehan had built for the first goal for much of the opening half. A minute before the goal, Sheehan had a pair of corner kicks that threatened the LH goal, but keeper Gio Ruiz-Monroy (7 saves) was able to make the stops.

In the opening minutes, Isufi and Kardad had shots on goal for the Trojans collected by Sheehan keeper Chase St. Amant (8 saves). 

Gerardo Ruiz had a shot sail wide right in the seventh minute for LH. 

Outside of a few more chances for the Trojans, much of the final 30 minutes of the first half saw Sheehan on the attack. Nico Cardona, Talan Burr, Jaidin Kapoor all had chances for the Titans

Morgan Stone had Lyman Hall’s best look on a breakaway in the 19th minute, but his shot went wide left. 

Sheehan then got the back-to-back corner kicks in the 27th minute before the goal a minute later. Boman’s boot arched high in the air over Ruiz-Monroy and into the back of the net.

The Titans had a chance to pad the lead in the 32nd minute when Oliver Brown drew a foul. Burr’s free kick from 25 yards went just over the bar.

Sheehan had the best chance to start the second half. It was Boman in the middle of it again. He set up Kapoor in front of the box and the senior unloaded a laser right at Ruiz-Monroy, who pushed it away.

Stone took a free kick in the 59th minute that was turned away by the Sheehan defense.

That produced Lyman Hall’s first corner kick of the game. Kardad got his head on the ball, but the deflection went right of the cage.

Stone took another free kick in the 65th minute that he put on the foot of Isufi. That shot was handled cleanly by St. Amant.

Three minutes later, Fuller tied the game by beating St. Amant.

In the 74th minute, Kardad was on the back end of a cross. His shot was blocked by Sheehan.

A minute later, a Sheehan free kick landed on the head of Carter Lagasse, but it was collected by Ruiz-Monroy to keep it a tie game.

That set up the dramatics four minutes later as Isufi connected on the game-winner as St. Amant reached for the save but the ball had crossed over the line.

The victory gave the Trojans a season sweep. LH won the first meeting, 2-1, at Sheehan on Oct. 6. Yahya Kardad had both goals in that win for the Trojans.

“This was my last game and and we couldn't make the playoffs, but we had a nice season,” Kardad said. “I’m proud of how we played. We were shaky in the first half and played better in the second half. We were thinking about putting everything out on the field.

“It was a great feeling to win. There were some tears because this is my last year.”

LH finished the season 5-10-1 and Sheehan capped the campaign 2-12-2. Both teams missed the postseason, but with young teams, both coaches said after the game that more wins will be coming in the next few years.

“I think Sheehan played really well," Jandreau said. “We went with a lot of younger kids and they played well. We have a good team and we started picking up after that injury timeout and we were a different team.

“This feels really good because we haven’t had a sweep in a long time. So that’s kind of nice for us.”

Sheehan coach Lou Rodriguez said Wednesday was one of Sheehan’s best games all season.

“When you play your rival, you have to be on your feet," Rodriguez said. “I'm starting seven sophomores and a freshman that gets a lot of playing time. Both teams have struggled this year, but we’ve been in every game we’ve played. Both teams are going to be good in the future and I'm looking forward to next year.”

Rodriguez singled out the play of St. Amant and Cardona and his three senior starters Boman, Connor Duffey and Kapoor, for strong performances.,

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