Wilton Soccer Association scoreboard
The following games were recently played by Wilton Soccer Association teams:
Wilton 3, New Canaan 2
Wilton won a hard-fought battle against New Canaan. After falling behind 1-0 in the 10th minute, Wilton tied the game in the 11th minute on a goal by Matt Newfield. Wilton’s offensive push continued in the first half with goals in the 20th minute by Colin Kroll and the 38th minute by Alex Sywak. In the second half, Wilton played strong possession soccer to seal the victory, anchored by the play of Peter Denious, in defensive midfield, and defenders Chris Tienken, Clay Adams, Andrew Bucciero, Cameron Beck and Ryan Wood.
Greenwich Thunder 3, Wilton Blue 2
At Riverside Elementary in Greenwich, Wilton faced the Greenwich Thunder last Sunday in a match of grit and determination on a field that couldn’t decide if it was a soccer pitch or a baseball diamond. Wilton’s opening salvo was a quick shot from Parker Ward to Michael Zizzadoro, who hit the post. Shortly after, Ward’s breakaway gave Wilton a 1-0 lead on a powerful strike. Solid passing coordination and shots from Will Gioffre, Tucker Walden and Damien Schmidt kept up the offensive pressure, while the fleet-footed Karl Pfieffer repeatedly muted the Thunder, complemented by Tommy McHugh’s aggressive challenges from the goal. A spirited first half ended tied at 1-1.
The second half showcased additional offensive rushes from the agile talents of Isaac Quantock, Liam McGovern and Luke MacDonald, with midfield passing and support from Max Wilkinson. McHugh again was on fire, stopping repeated flashes of Thunder’s lightning. A goal by Patrick Cummins in the final minutes brought the match to a close at 3-2, but despite Wilton’s intense offensive pressure the final whistle blew before Wilton could equalize.
Greenwich 5, Wilton Gold 0
Greenwich’s early two-goal lead was answered by shots from Connor Roman and Matthew Koleszar, but Wilton was unable to follow through. Goalie Ryan Witty made excellent saves in the first half, assisted by the strong defensive play of Esteban Melendez, Cal Gilchrist and Billy Bonnist. In the second half, Gilchrist made some great stops despite Greenwich’s continued run. Strong defense led by Jeremy Lucas, Finn Bergin and Aidan Shannon kept Greenwich fighting. The passing and teamwork of Troy Bucciero and Eli Grass led to several offensive attacks. Nick Mancuso emerged with great late shots for Wilton.
Stamford 3, Wilton Blue 2
Wilton Blue played an intense game on Stamford’s turf last Sunday afternoon. Stamford came out strong offensively, keeping Wilton’s defense on its toes. Walker Coyle showed great effort by using his speed and fancy footwork, while Adam Brophy, Jake Lash, Will Hughes and Sam Rosen all worked to move the ball forward. Ryan Van Heyst hustled non-stop, taking Wilton’s first shot on goal. Stamford’s offense was held off by great defensive work from Owen Lillis, Jack Rosen and Reid Etzbach. Sam Strazza thwarted many of Stamford’s attempts on goal by effectively clearing the ball time and again — once with a full body block just keeping the ball out of Wilton’s goal. William Dahl showed great goal keeping with eight saves during his tenure. Still, Stamford’s offense was able to get in two goals for a 2-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, with Coyle in goal, Wilton Blue started to push back and give Stamford more pressure. Dahl was the first to find the net, off a perfectly placed assist from Etzbach. Brophy aggressively worked the ball out of the defensive zone, while Strazza had one beautiful clear after another. Lillis’ amazing footwork and defensive ability showed through as he was able to pass accurately to Lash, who pushed hard trying to find the net for Wilton. Delivering under pressure, Sam Rosen tied the game at 2-2 on a penalty kick. Van Heyst and Hughes hustled until the last minute of the game, always working to apply pressure on Stamford’s tough defense. Jack Rosen and Lillis had near misses on goal. In the last two minutes, Stamford was able to sneak a goal in for the win.
Wilton Blue 6, Darien 2
It was another terrific team effort by Wilton Blue, which kept its impressive winning streak alive by defeating Darien. The offense was paced by Andrew Zizzadoro and Parker Woodring, both of whom scored a pair of goals as Wilton jumped out to 4-0 lead. Passing continued to be a strong suit for Wilton, leading to brilliant assists from Zarius Eusebe and Jack Strickland. Dylan Mannix and Owen English added to the offensive assault, scoring successive goals and putting the game well out of reach. Wilton’s defensive pressure continued to befuddle opponents. Tyler Casey and Tyler Moody each held the line and executed superb tackles to turn away Darien time and again. Conor Lillis, Dylan Bender and Dylan Koziol were equally effective on the wings, threading the Darien defense to put Wilton in position to score. Max Andrews was stingy in goal, halting numerous attempts by Darien, and putting in an equally impressive effort in the field.
Wilton 3, FUSA 2
On a beautiful Sunday in Fairfield, Wilton continued its undefeated season against an equally matched FUSA team. With the first half marked by the strong defensive play of Kirsten Perry and Sara Polcari, a long throw-in to the center of the crease allowed FUSA to edge the ball past keeper Caroline Troy for an early lead. Aggressive play by FUSA’s keeper, coming far out against numerous streaks by Wilton forwards Cooper Spezzano, Jayna Gumins and Andrea Wimmers, kept the ball out of the goal, until a great solo effort by Emily Welch, taking the ball down the entire length of the FUSA side, tied the game right before halftime. Early in the second half, FUSA regained the lead with a tough angle shot just past keeper Troy, but Welch re-rose to the challenge minutes later to tie the game with a hard smash past the outstretched arms of the FUSA keeper. Wilton maintained the second-half pressure, with a Wimmers’ shot hitting the post and a Gumins’ shot hitting the crossbar. Wilton took the lead for good on a nifty goal by Troy, nicely assisted by Spezzano and Julia Morano. Wimmers’ final turn in goal helped maintain the victory.
Westport 3, Wilton Blue 2
The game was marked by fast-paced play, even exchanges, and some incredible goaltending early on by Zoe Rappaport and later by Maya Laurinaitis. The starting lineup, with Alana Alber at forward and Caroline Hess, Olivia Vitarelli and Francesca Goncalves in midfield, was adept at keeping possession and moving the ball forward. A couple of strong shots on goal by Alber and Laurinaitis just missed. Defenders Anna Breen, Claire Meany, Ashley Coltman, Ellie Simmons and Lollie Owens battled hard to keep the ball from reaching the goal, but Westport scored late in the first half.
Wilton fell behind 2-0 early in the second half. After great attempts on goal by Coltman, Goncalves and Hess, Goncalves found the net. Defenders Owens, Simmons and Breen protected their goal adroitly. Teamwork and strong passing skills by Vitarelli, Coltman and Meany helped Rappaport to score the tying goal. Westport won the game in the final minutes on a free kick.
New Canaan 2, Wilton White 1
Wilton White showed its mettle and depth of character against an evenly matched New Canaan Red squad. The first 25 minutes of play were a volleyed exchange of attacks and counters led by midfielders Bianca Reuter, Sophia Scarfi and Lauren Cooper, weaving passes upfield to strikers Callie Drake and Sara Schneidman, who beat defenders on the dribble and with bursts of speed. Fullbacks Sophie Peterson and Marra Woodring demonstrated determined grit with their strong tackles and superior skill, controlling the ball and feeding crisp passes. New Canaan snapped the stalemate with two goals in quick succession ending the first half. Wilton stormed back with solid work led by keeper Emma Cassell’s quick reflexes — stopping both a penalty kick and repeated shots on goal. The Wilton team continued to showcase its determined will, pressuring the opponents into giving up a penalty kick that Schneidman calmly netted. The tide had turned and Wilton was storming back with repeated breakaways and attacks, often created by smart passing and possession play from Emma Kantor, Zoe Kim and Maud Seymour. But time expired before Wilton could get another goal.
Wilton Gold 2, Easton/Redding 1
In the first half, Natalie Sreckovic was in goal for Wilton, making several good saves. She was helped by the pairing of Macy LeBeau and Kate Murray, both of whom also started offensive rushes with strong defensive zone clears. Wilton Gold got on the board after some good team passing, leading to a goal by Natalie Ellenthal. Throughout the game, Emma Conley, Sarah Dodman and Mandy Heffernan showed some nice footwork and passing. In the second half, Isabel Gouveia returned from an earlier injury and showed good field presence. Wilton Gold put on offensive pressure for much of the half, and Sasha Sypher capitalized with a determined effort for a score. Megan Kaeyer was in goal for the second half, holding the opposition scoreless to help seal the win.
New Milford 4, Wilton Blue 2
Right from the start, the Wilton offense was on the move. Janet Johnson crossed to Libby Connolly, who fed Ellen Chiappetta, but Wilton was denied by the strong New Milford keeper. Another great cross resulted in Wilton’s first goal at the 10-minute mark. Solid defense from Rachel Slater, Hailey Smith and Piper Chase kept New Milford at bay, with some excellent saves from goalie Ashley Carbonier. New Milford equalized, and Wilton attackers received well-placed passes from Chase and Kira Howard and had three shots on goal that were denied. New Milford then went up 2-1 just before the half. The second half saw a bit of fancy footwork from Shelby Dejana and some switching of fields from Connolly and Maddie Wecker, with Smith in goal. The combination of Dejana, Howard and Carbonier was unstoppable in the New Milford box with over 10 shots on goal that were either over, wide or saved. Maggie Rowe, Lilly Byrnes and Alessia Cawley got involved in the defensive action, and Chase had some superb saves. Johnson scored her second goal in two weeks on a breakaway, making it 2-2. Wilton continued to dominate but was caught off guard with two successive New Milford goals. Smith and Chiappetta, along with Connolly, kept fighting back before time ran out.
Ridgefield 4, Wilton Gold 1
In the first half, Ridgefield controlled the action, scoring twice. However, superb goaltending from Wilton’s Riley Milhoua, who had a number of outstanding saves, and the defense of Sarah Crocitto, Olivia Crisafulli and Samantha Nichols kept the game close. Late in the half, Isabel Cronin had a chance to put the Gold team on the board with a breakaway opportunity that just missed.
In the second half, Wilton’s offense came to life as Sophia Savage, Grace Cahill, Sydney Feldman and Holly Corper had Ridgefield on its heels. Riley Eaton and Lily Umphred teamed for a couple of opportunities that just missed finding the back of the net. Then, late in the second half, Sarah Allam put Wilton on the board as her penalty kicked cleared the outstretched hands of the Ridgefield goalie.
Fairfield 3, Wilton White 0
Standout moments for Wilton came midway through the first half when goalie Grace Beck maintained a scoreless tie with a miraculous diving save, followed seconds later by Maya Snyder’s denial of another seemingly certain Fairfield goal as she streaked across the end line from her defender’s position and cleared the ball just millimeters before it crossed the goal line. Wilton’s best attempt for a tally came 20 minutes into the second half when Victoria Fox launched a rocket that beat the Fairfield netminder to her top right but sailed just wide. Katie and Erin McMorris played admirably in goal, allowing just one more Fairfield score before a last-play penalty kick produced the final margin. Also contributing with several hustling offensive pressures were Alexis Castaldi, Catalina King, Sophie Nell and Maddie Pfeiffer. Spearheading the solid defensive effort throughout were Marygrace DelliSanti, Amelia DiSimone, Peyton Gildersleeve and Mairead Kehoe.
Wilton White 3, Westport 3
It was a tight contest throughout as both teams matched each other stride for stride. Early on, Wilton forwards Morgan Lebek and Mia Pepitone had great scoring opportunities that just missed the back of the net. Meanwhile, Westport put some pressure on as well. Despite allowing one goal in the first half, it was the tremendous defensive efforts of Wilton goalie Kathleen Lamanna and defenders Meredith Moubayed, Taylor Spezzano, Julia Peterson, Alexandra Breakey and Kathryn Cronin that kept the game close.
In the second half, Wilton’s offensive efforts began to pay off. First, Katie Umphred, off a pass from Bella Andjelkovic, split the defense and buried a shot in the right corner of the net, tying the game at one. Later, with Wilton trailing 2-1, it was Megan Hanny’s turn as her shot from about 15 feet out eluded the Westport goalie to even the score. After Westport went in front 3-2, it was Molly Kaufold, off a great feed from Grace Kaplan, who answered with the game-tying tally late in the contest. Despite some opportunities in the closing minutes, neither team could break the tie.
Westport 1, Wilton Blue 0
Wilton started well with Olivia Rossi, Casey Vanderwell and Abby Morris all excelling in midfield. Ellie Coffey came closest to scoring with an incredible shot.
Westport scored a breakaway goal and continued to apply pressure. Wilton held strong with Erynn Floyd, Kate Adams, Ellie Copley and Jamie Leventhal all making key defensive stops. Gwynn Sullivan was outstanding in the Wilton goal, making three crucial saves.
Wilton then regained the initiative with Grace Denious, Olivia Newfield and Amelia Hughes all making excellent attacking runs and applying pressure on the Westport goal. The second half saw both sides having scoring chances. Wilton’s second-half goalkeeper, Olivia Rossi, made four amazing saves. Wilton continued to push for a goal with Ellie O’Meara coming closest to finding the net. Time ran out as Westport held on for a 1-0 win.