Wilton Soccer Association scoreboard: Sept. 1-2
The following games were recently played by Wilton Soccer Association teams:
The Wilton Blue team participated in the FAST Tournament on Sunday in Fairfield.
Wilton went 2-2 against tough competition from Fairfield United Fury, Darien White, Fairfield United Bandits and Norwalk Junior Warriors.
In the first game of the tournament, midfielders Michael Zizzadoro, Tucker Walden, Parker Ward, Patrick Cummins and Will Gioffre controlled the pace of the game, allowing for multiple scoring opportunities for Wilton. Striker Luke Macdonald capitalized on one of those opportunities to account for Wilton’s sole goal of the game. Although Wilton dominated for much of the game, Fairfield scored two goals and won 2-1.
Wilton came out very strong in the second game against Darien White. Wilton’s strong defense of Damien Schmidt, Karl Pfeiffer and Max Wilkinson, along with the great goalkeeping efforts of Tommy McHugh, kept Darien’s shots on goal to a minimum. Wilton’s attack, supported by Liam McGovern and Isaac Quantock, and Wilton’s possession style of play allowed the team to score six goals — Zizzadoro (two), Ward (two), Cummins and Quantock. The game ended in a 6-1 victory for Wilton.
The strong efforts of midfielders McGovern, Quantock and Cummins continued in the third game against the Fairfield United Bandits. McHugh was unbeatable in goal and the Fairfield team was unable to penetrate Wilton’s strong defensive line and tackling ability of Wilkinson, Schmidt and Pfeiffer. Wilton goalscorers Zizzadoro (three), Ward (two) and Walden proved too much for the Fairfield side as the game ended in a 6-0 victory for Wilton.
The final game was against a physical Norwalk team. The more skillful Wilton side played well but fell by a 3-0 score.
The Wilton White team enjoyed great success at the 2012 SCOR Labor Day tournament in Ridgefield, going undefeated across all four matches.
Wilton White 6, Ridgefield Fire 0
Wilton dominated the first half of the game with two goals from Cole Ianuzzi and two goals from Rory Hess. The team controlled the tempo with great passing, ball movement and control. Crosses from Liam Patty and Simon Alexander and shots on goal by Quinn O’Connor kept the momentum in Wilton’s favor. Wilton continued its strong play into the second half with goals by Alexander and Parker Etzbach. Josh Grass and Chase Autore kept the ball moving with precision passes and additional shots on goal. Wilton’s defense kept pressure on Ridgefield throughout the game, and Brian Curley’s dominance in goal deflected every shot Ridgefield took.
Wilton White 6, New Canaan Black 1
Max Rothkopf displayed an amazing nose for the goal with a hat trick. Aggressive play in the offensive end by Brian Curley, Simon Alexander (one goal), Liam Patty (two goals) and Rory Hess (great crossing and offensive pressure) brought Wilton’s other three goals. Tenacious defense by Jack Cramer, Parker Etzbach and Josh Grass kept New Canaan at bay. Strong midfield play by Quinn O’Connor, Chase Autore and Cole Iannuzzi kept Wilton in control of the game’s tempo.
Wilton White 6, Ridgefield Revolution 0
Great passing and teamwork included strong midfield play from Jack Cramer with a powerful goal off a free kick, Parker Etzbach applying offensive pressure with a second-half goal, Josh Grass controlling the tempo and scoring a goal, and Chase Autore adding another goal. Strikers Cole Iannuzzi, Liam Patty and Quinn O’Connor, who notched a great goal off a corner kick, played well. Simon Alexander had a great assist off a cross. Strong defensive play came from Mikey Roberts, Max Rothkopf and Rory Hess. Brian Curley had seven saves to go along with a first-half goal.
Wilton White 1, Newtown Yellow 0
The entire first half showed great passing and ball movement from Wilton. Parker Etzbach was in goal and denied Newtown any goals. Offensively, there were multiple shots on goal from Rory Hess, Chase Autore, Mikey Roberts and Simon Alexander. Just before the half ended, Brian Curley scored Wilton’s goal off a key defensive save and pass from Max Rothkopf. Wilton started the second half with a lot of pressure. A cross from Cole Ianuzzi to Mikey Roberts resulted in another shot on goal, and Jack Cramer’s strike from midfield nearly scored another. Liam Patty and Qiunn O’Connor had many great crosses that gave Josh Grass and Chase Autore additional shots on goal.
Wilton White goes 2-2
Wilton White kicked off its season at the SCOR tournament in Ridgefield last weekend, finishing with a 2-2 record. On Saturday, Wilton beat Southbury but lost to a tough Newtown squad. On Sunday, they returned strong and were a tough challenge for NC Red. Dylan Smith started in goal and made multiple great saves. The midfield line of Christian Furst, Malcolm McCormick and Micah Worley kept the ball moving forward to striker Amir Sabovic, who had multiple shots on goal. The defensive line of Michael McHugh, Jack Dodman and Matthew Tully stifled the NC offense. In the second half Matthew Tabet and David Simmons played tight defense and striker Ryan Leung was able to score two breakaway goals. It was a tight game, but NC was able to score a last-minute goal to win 3-2. Wilton White then faced Southbury in the final game and posted a 7-1 win. In the first half, goalie McHugh did not let a single shot by him with defensive help from Smith, Simmons, Tulley and Furst. McCormick scored the first goal, then Tabet followed with the perfect assist for McCormick to tap in the second goal. Furst, Leung and Dodman made perfect passes to get the ball up to Sabovic, who scored to make it 3-0. Worley got goal number four, followed with goal number five off a rebound to end the first half. Leung took over goalie duties in the second half and was backed by a strong defensive line of McHugh, Tabet and McCormick. Tully, Smith and Dodman kept the Southbury defense busy with multiple shots on goal, with Furst hammering in the sixth goal of the game. Sam Gioffre played excellent offense and defense for Wilton on Saturday but was unable to attend on Sunday.
September’s first Saturday was a scorcher, but the heat was no match for Wilton White. Instead, the girls kicked off their fall season by earning second-place honors at the FAST Tournament, posting a 3-1 record.
Wilton 2, Fairfield 0
First up was a 2-0 win over Fairfield. The impenetrable defensive line of Lauren Cooper and Marra Woodring was a highlight. Midfielders Sophie Peterson, Bianca Reuter and Sophia Scarfi consistently stopped Fairfield drives and created scoring opportunities. Sara Schneidman netted the first Wilton goal, while Zoe Kim assisted Maud Seymour on the second. Keeper Emma Kantor had three saves.
Canton 2, Wilton 0
Game two proved to be a more difficult contest. Wilton gave up two goals early in the first half, but coach Marc Dring was pleased that the team battled to keep its formidable opponent scoreless for the remainder of the match. In contrast, against the other three teams it faced in FAST, Canton was able to score four goals in each game.
Witon 2, Darien 0
After a spirited lunch, Wilton took to the field for game three and shut out Darien. Emma Cassell and Peterson riddled the keeper with shots throughout the match, but Schneidman was the first to score. The second goal came after a superb throw-in by Woodring to Cooper, who then beat several defenders before finding the back of the net.
Wilton 3, Easton/Redding 0
The final game was an even more decisive victory. Offensively for Wilton, it was all Emmas, with Cassell scoring one goal and Kantor netting two. The midfielders kept it a half-field game, with Kim, Reuter, Scarfi and Seymour dominating possession.
Over Labor Day weekend, the Wilton Gold squad headed north to kick off the fall season at the two-day Soccer Club of Ridgefield (SCOR) Tournament. Wilton played a total of four games, two each on Saturday and Sunday. Despite not winning over the weekend, the girls, led by coaches Dan Pelletier and Andy Sell, battled hard against teams from Ridgefield, Newtown and New Canaan. The game against Newtown, in particular, was a battle right to the end. Wilton’s offense led by Brielle Flavin, Sarah Allam, Sophia Savage, Sydney Feldman and Riley Milhoua kept the pressure on Newtown throughout. Flavin had two great opportunities to score, including a penalty kick that just sailed wide. While Lily Umphred, Isabel Cronin, Holly Corper, Olivia Crisafulli and Grace Cahill anchored the defense. Samantha Nichols and Sarah Crocitto each played a half in goal and kept Wilton close with some outstanding saves. In the end the girls came up on the short end of 1-0 loss but they fought to the final whistle.
Wilton Blue wins three
The Wilton Blue Blaze participated in the SCOR Labor Day Warm-Up Tournament in Ridgefield, winning three of its four matches. The team lost its first and most challenging game (2-1) against Southbury despite a goal by Shelby Dejana, terrific goaltending by Kira Howard, and tight defense from Maddy Wecker, Rachel Slater and Janet Johnson. The Blaze defeated its next three opponents (5-0, 7-1, 4-0) with goals by Piper Chase, Dejana, Ellen Chiappetta, Libby Connolly, Howard, Ashley Carbonier, and Maggie Rowe, aided by the offensive and defensive tenacity of Lilly Byrnes, Alessia Cawley and Hailey Smith.
Wilton White 6, Ridgefield Breakers 1
The Wilton White team had an impressive start to its season, winning all four games at the Ridgefield SCOR tournament over Labor Day weekend. Wilton looked great in the opening game against the Ridgefield Breakers and took a commanding 6-0 lead in the first half, with scoring from Marygrace DelliSanti, Maya Snyder, Amelia DeSimone (two) and Sophie Nell (two). Katy McMorris was rock solid in net, and Wilton went into halftime with confidence and swagger. In the second half, Wilton focused on ball control and sharp passes, which the girls executed well, and Wilton finished the game with a 6-1 victory.
Wilton White 7, Ridgefield Sky Blue 2
Wilton’s second game in the tournament opened in similar fashion with a quick flurry of goals from Peyton Gildersleeve and Amelia DeSimone, and a pair of great goals by Sophie Nell. Victoria Fox was stellar in net, making three critical saves, and leading the team to a sizeable halftime lead. In the second half, Alexsis Castaldi started things off with a fantastic shot for a score that was called back by offsides. Undeterred, Wilton continued the scoring with two goals from Marygrace DelliSanti. A final, late goal by Nell ended the scoring.
Wilton White 4, Newtown Yellow 0
Newtown Yellow proved to be a tough opponent in Wilton’s third game of the tournament, but strong defensive play from Maddie Pfeiffer, Katy McMorris and Grace Beck, along with terrific goaltending by Mairead Kehoe, allowed the Wilton offense to get going. Maya Snyder put in the first Wilton goal, and another pair of goals from Sophie Nell widened the lead. In the second half Catalina King provided much of the offensive action with one scoring attempt after another, and Victoria Fox sealed it for Wilton with a late goal.
Wilton White 1, New Canaan Black 0
Wilton’s final game was a nail-biter from start to finish, and for most of the first half New Canaan was in control. Outstanding goaltending by Alexsis Castaldi kept Wilton in the game and secured a much-needed halftime rest. In the second half Wilton regained form with great offensive pressure from Erin McMorris, Miread Kehoe and Catalina King. With Maddie Pfeiffer playing great in net, it was Wilton’s game to win. And win they did, with an amazing shot and score from Grace Beck with under two minutes to play.
Wilton White kicked off the SCOR tournament with a 1-1 tie against New Canaan Black. Katie Umphred’s strong goaltending and Mia Pepitone’s and Molly Kaufold’s offensive pressure assisted Grace Kaplan’s tremendous goal. Against New Canaan Red, goalie Bella Andjelkovic’s numerous saves and the defensive work of Kathryn Cronin, Megan Hanny and Meredith Moubayed held New Canaan to one goal in the first half. Although Wilton lost 5-0, Alex Breakey, Taylor Spezzano and Kathleen Lamanna maintained midfield defensive pressure, making New Canaan work hard for each goal. In Sunday’s 2-0 win over Ridgefield Freedom, Breakey’s outstanding goaltending was anchored by tough defense from Lamanna, Umphred and Kaplan. Andjelkovic and Umphred controlled the ball, assisting Cronin’s first goal of the game. Midfield passing by Hanny, Spezzano and Julia Peterson helped Andjelkovic’s breakaway second goal. The tournament finished with a 1-0 loss against Newtown Blue. Kaplan’s tremendous goaltending and strong play by defenders Pepitone, Andjelkvic and Spezzano held off the offensive pressure. Breakey, Hanny and Peterson kept midfield pressure on, giving Pepitone a few breakaway shots. Lamanna, Cronin, and Moubayed rushed several offensive attacks. Kaufold was unrelenting in goal, stopping a steam of hard kicks.
Wilton Blue goes 3-0-1
The Wilton Blue team opened its season in impressive fashion with three wins and a tie at the SCOR tourney. In the first game, Wilton jumped out to a 5-1 halftime lead over host Ridgefield with Ellie Copley netting a hat trick, Cate Adams scoring off a cross from Grace Denious, and Amelia Hughes finishing a feed from Olivia Rossi. Olivia Newfield also scored in the 6-1 victory.
Wilton then defeated a physical Newtown team by a 3-1 score. Wilton scored first when Elli O’Meara converted a pass from Abby Morris. Erynn Floyd was outstanding in goal, while Gwynn Sullivan, Ellie Coffey and Jamie Leventhal were stout on defense. In the second half, Wilton stepped up the pressure and Hughes scored a key second goal. Floyd finished the scoring off a feed from Casey Vanderwall.
In the third game against New Canaan, Wilton fell behind but came back for a 3-1 win as Denious scored two goals and Hughes scored one. In the final game against the top New Canaan squad, Wilton settled for a 1-1 tie.