Wilton Soccer Association scoreboard: Sept. 8-9
The following games were recently played by Wilton Soccer Association teams:
Wilton White vs. New Canaan Red
Wilton White played a tough first game of the fall soccer season against New Canaan Red . The Wilton starting line-up included Smith as goal keeper, Alber, Wallace, Foley and Garrelick on defense; Peterson, O’Connell and Anderson at midfield; and Kalin, Thouvenot and Deiden on the front line. NC’s constant offensive pressure kept the ball on Wilton’s side of the field for a good part of the first half, scoring four times against the home team. Kobsa Zaccone rotated in on defense, while Scheurkogel and Welch came in as middies. Second half the White team showed clear determination, balancing out the game offensively after a crisp pass from Deiden set up Thouvenot for our first goal. As Wilton’s defense tightened up, subsequent pressure was added with shots on goal by Peterson and Deiden, but finally, Foley scored on a nice cross from Smith for White’s final goal. Final score: 7-2.
The Wilton Blue team started off the fall 2012 season against New Canaan, a team they met last weekend at the FAST tournament. The game started with a strong line-up of Patrick Cummins, Will Gioffre, Isaac Quantock, Damien Schmidt, Tucker Walden, Parker Ward, Michael Zizzadoro and Tommy McHugh (goal keeper). The game was competitive in the first half with Wilton keeping possession a majority of the time and firing several shots with two hitting the post. Luke MacDonald, Max Wilkinson, Liam McGovern, and Karl Pfeiffer entered the game midway through the first half and provided pressure on offense and defense, resulting in goals scored by Patrick Cummins and Parker Ward. Wilton held a 2-0 lead after the first half helped by six saves by sure-handed Tommy McHugh.
In the second half, Wilton started very quickly with Patrick Cummins scoring two goals in the first five minutes. With a 4-0 lead Wilton worked on possessing the ball, playing to feet, making the easy pass and switching fields. With goals by Isaac Quantock and Patrick Cummins and six additional saves by Tommy McHugh, the game ended at 6-0.
Wilton Gold 4, Bethel 2
Wilton U10 Gold opened their season with a win over Bethel. First half was back and forth with Wilton taking the lead with an impressive scoring run by Kolezar. Bethel answered scoring twice. Strong drives by Conner, Aiden and Bucciero added to the excitement. Ending the first half, Mancuso tied the game with a superb penalty kick. Great defending by Finnegan, Bonnist, Gilchrist, Grass, Lucas and Greenberg in goal kept Bethel scoreless in the second half. Witty gave Wilton the lead with a rebound shot outside the box followed by fancy foot work from Melendez providing the final goal.
Wilton 3, Trumbull United 2
Wilton Blue hosted Trumbull United Fury winning the season opener 3-2. Owen Lillis scored the first goal early in the game. Wynn Brichkowski, Adam Brophy, Walker Coyle and Ryan Van Heyst controlled the midfield and initiated several offensive attacks while applying pressure to prevent Trumbull from mounting a successful counterattack. Will Dahl made several key saves allowing a 1-1 game at half.
Midway through the second half, Will Hughes scored Wilton’s second goal. With strong defensive play by Sam Strazza, Jack and Sam Rosen and a nice save by Reid Etzbach off of a free kick, Trumble could only manage one more goal bringing the score to 2-2. With only three minutes remaining, a Rosen shot that deflected off the Trumble keeper was pounced on by Jake Lash who scored to close out the victory.
Wilton White 2, Fairfield 2
In a back-and-forth game, Wilton U10 White earned a 2-2 tie with Fairfield.
From the start, Wilton attacked Fairfield with runs from midfield by Josh Grass, Chase Autore, and Rory Hess. The Fairfield keeper was equal to the task--turning away a close shot from Hess and a booming 30-yard free kick from Jack Cramer.
The pressure continued with Liam Patty threading balls through to Quinn O’Connor and Grass. Eventually, O’Connor found space in the penalty box and finished with authority to make it 1-0 Wilton.
In defense, Simon Alexander, Brian Curley, and Max Rothkop frustrated the Fairfield attack while goalie Parker Etzbach made a confident save of a dangerous breakaway. Eventually Fairfield broke through to make it 1-1.
In the second half, Fairfield briefly took the lead at 2-1. Then Etzbach took the ball right from the ensuing kickoff and unleashed a screaming left foot shot just inside the box to tie it up for Wilton.
It was Fairfield’s turn to apply pressure. However they could not break through the defense of Rothkop, Cramer, and Autore. With Curley covering numerous shots in goal, Wilton counter-attacked with Patty, O’Connor, and Grass. A late penalty gave Alexander a chance to win the game but the Fairfield keeper was equal to the task and the final score was 2-2.
A blue sky at Ambler Field set the stage for Wilton vs. Fairfield. The Wilton offense came on strong in the first few minutes of the game with successive goals by Parker Woodring, Dylan Koziol and Dillon Mannix. The Wilton defense proved equally effective with Andrew Zizzadoro and Connor Lillis thwarting Fairfield’s attempts at centering the ball, making it difficult to get a clear shot on goal. Zarius Eusebe kept pace with the Fairfield offense, clearing the ball consistently, and placing great passes to keep Wilton on the offensive. Jack Strickland displayed great skill with ball handling, and passing. Owen English topped off a great first half with a spectacular goal. Wilton kept the pressure on in the second half with great offensive play by Tyler Moody, Tyler Casey Maxwell Andrews, and a goal by Dylan Bender to get the win.
Wilton 2, Weston 0
Wilton kicked off their season at home against Weston by dominating play throughout the game. Lauren Robertson got the first goal with an assist by Lauren Chiappetta. Kelly Prinner passed up to Alexa Hirn with a near miss and then Hirn to Lauren Robertson for another attack, keeping pressure on the Weston defense. The defense of Isabel Casiraghi, Victoria Curley and Allison Wenman kept Weston away from our goalie, Maddy Pagliaro. Emma Rosen set up Elizabeth Wenman to score the second goal of the game. Caleigh McMorris came in as striker late in the first. In the second half, Elizabeth Breslin started in goal. Morgan Noonan battled Weston in midfield but wouldn’t let anyone get by her. Colleen Graham stole a possible break away ball to cover Cova Pelaez who had replaced Breslin in our goal. The Wilton White team came out strong to win with a 2-0 final score.
Wilton Blue 4, Darien Blue 0
The Wilton U-13 girls team put in a total team effort, overwhelming Darien.
The offensive line of Julia Bonnist, Claire Gulbin, Eva Greco and Lilly MacDonald dominated the first half with their skills and drive. Bonnist saw plenty of action and found Gulbin at center to give Wilton their first goal. Taylor Floyd (six saves) was well protected in goal by the defensive team of Emily Tuin,Thaise Sudano and Lizzy Lynch. Bonnist once again made a great pass to Greco who booted it in for Wilton’s second goal.
Caitlin Gilroy, Sophie Schmidt and Maddie LeBeau kept Darien at bay and the first half ended with the hard work of Ashleigh Hawthorne finding Greco to end the half at 3-0.
The second half saw Darien pounding the Wilton defense but great plays by Ana Sudano and Anna Cocoros denied Darien and Floyd ended the second half with four more saves. Thasie Sudano also made several key defensive stops using her smarts and even stopping the ball between her knees!
Morgan McCormick played tight defense as well and found Greco with a sharp long pass to end the game with a much deserved win.
Wilton vs Old Greenwich
The first game of regular season play was played against a formidable opponent, Old Greenwich. The firs
t half was well fought with Lauren Cooper and Marra Woodring playing tenacious defense. Emma Kantor started as our
confident keeper and kept the ball out of the net, with several amazing saves. The mid-fielders Sophie Peters
on, Sophia Scarfi and Sara Schneidman moved the ball into several scoring opportunities for forwards Maud S
eymour and Bianca Reuter. Callie Drake, Emma Cassell and Zoe Kim continued to fight off a strong Greenwich offense
to keep the score at 0-0 at half. Drake was keeper for the second half. She had many good saves against the physical Greenwich offense. Greenwich went up by 2, but Wilton White never gave up. Schneidman had a break away tha
t found the back of the net for Wilton’s one and only goal of the day. Greenwich ended the game with another goal.
Wilton Blue 5, Darien 2
Wilton’s Blue Blaze traveled to Darien on a beautiful September Sunday to play its first official game of the season. Darien lit up the board first, scoring in the first minute of play. Wilton fought back and, after a few shots on goal, it was Kira Howard who put Wilton on the board with a big kick into the net. But before Wilton had a chance to settle down, Darien came right back and scored. Wilton continued to create chances before Ashley Carbonier managed to get Wilton back into the game with an unassisted goal. Immediately afterwards Shelby Dejana gave Wilton the lead for the first time in the game and Goalie Alessia Cawley shut Darien down heading into the half time break.
The second half was off to a slow start, but Wilton’s defense played strong. Maggie Rowe and Piper Chase kept Darien away from the goal while the offensive line of Ellen Chiappetta, Rachel Slater and Hailey Smith showed off fancy footwork as they began to wear Darien down.
Wilton’s defense continued to dominate with Lilly Byrnes and Libby Connolly aggressively taking hits and protecting the back half of the field as Maddy Wecker stopped all Darien shots on the net.
With time ticking away, Janet Johnson picked up the ball deep inside Wilton’s own half and ran through the Darien defense to find a pocket in the net, giving Wilton the insurance goal it needed. On the final whistle of the game, Ashely Carbonier stepped up to take a penalty kick and crushed the ball into the roof of the net to end the scoring.
Wilton Gold 0, Fairfield 0
On Sunday afternoon, the Wilton Gold team played a home game against the Fairfield Blue Lightning. Early on, Fairfield controlled the action putting pressure on the home team. Wilton’s defense led by Sarah Allam, Olivia Crisafulli, Riley Milhoua, Samantha Nichols and Grace Cahill stood strong against the Fairfield attack. In goal, Isabel Cronin made some key stops to keep the game scoreless at the half.
In the second half, Wilton’s offense got rolling. Sophia Savage and Brielle Flavin flashed their speed and just missed on a couple of great opportunities, while Sarah Crocitto had a strong shot from the top of the box that tested the Fairfield goalie.
Late in the second half of the scoreless game, defenders Lily Umphred and Sydney Feldman, and goalie Holly Corper preserved the 0-0 tie with some late game defensive heroics.
Wilton White 2, Shelton 2
Wilton White played an exciting match against Shelton at home on Sunday afternoon to a 2-2 tie. It was clear to see from the opening minutes that the two teams were evenly matched, and the play went scoreless for 25 minutes until Shelton striked first. Wilton answered immediately with a strong goal by Marygrace DelliSanti. Erin McMorris, Maddie Pfeiffer, and Alexis Castaldi played terrific defense in the first half, and Mairead Kehoe, Katy McMorris, and Amelia DeSimone provided strong offensive pressure. Sophie Nell started the second half in goal and made a bunch of tough saves. The two teams continued to battle it out, with Grace Beck, Catalina King, Maya Snyder and Peyton Gildersleeve all playing great soccer. Shelton scored their second goal with eight minutes left to play and it looked like Wilton was going to suffer a loss. Wilton, however, continued to fight to the very end, and with 30 seconds left in the game Sophie Nell fired in the tying goal.
New Canaan 4, Wilton 1
Despite their aggressive play, Wilton White lost to New Canaan Red . In the first half, Molly Kaufold and Morgan Lebek had several break-aways againsta solid New Canaan defense. Megan Hanny and Meredith Mobyed challenged the New Canaan team with strong defensive play. In the second half, the Wilton White offense, led by Bella Andjelkovic, Kathleen Lamanna and Julia Peterson, continued to press the New Canaan defense. Katie Umphred was able to break through the defense for an exciting goal. Wilton played a strong defensive game led by Alex Breakey, Kathryn Cronin, Grace Kaplan and Taylor Spezzano. Mia Pepitone anchored the defense with numerous saves in goal.
Wilton Gold 5, New Canaan Black 3
Leah Martins, Sydney Reuter, and Grace Williams dominated the start. Martins executed a beautiful goal, followed by a ricocheting attempt by Williams.
Lauren Beneventano, Emily Bukowski, and Allie Giller hustled on offense. Giller scored with an assist from Beneventano. Abigail Dolan, Abby Kyle, and Avery Newcomer intimidated with their super-big kicks. Lindsey Grandolfo protected the goal.
Kyle kicked off the second half with an award-winning goal. Giller scored off an assist from Grandolfo. Martins scored off an assist from Dolan. Reuter made a save as goalie. Sloan Barker, Aki Lasher, and Cate Young had iron legs down the stretch to hold New Canaan.
Wilton Blue 4, Newtown 2
Wilton Blue opened league play with a 4-2 victory in Newtown on Sunday evening.
The first half showcased goalie Erynn Floyd’s amazing goalkeeping as Wilton couldn’t seem to get on track. Floyd made save after save to keep the Wilton team in the game. And after Newtown scored to make the game 1-0, Wilton’s offense seemed to wake up a bit led by strong play in the middle by Ellie Copley and wingers Grace Denious and Olivia Rossi. Every time Newtown seemed to get some momentum going, Wilton’s defense stiffened with nice clearing plays by Ella O’Meara, Jamie Leventhal and Casey Vanderwall. Cate Adams found a seam in the Newtown defense and slipped a beautiful pass to Amelia Hughes who hustled up the right side and punched in a nifty sliding chip shot into the right corner of the net, tying the score 1-1.
The second half started with Newtown on the attack and pressing the action, seemingly nonstop, in the Wilton defensive zone. Goalkeeper Denious was busy directing the defense in front of her and they responded magnificently. Ellie Coffey, Jamie Leventhal and Erynn Floyd showed incredible resilience as they shut down six consecutive corner kicks by Newtown. The defensive stand sparked something in the young lady warriors and pressure from Gwynn Sullivan, Abby Morris and Hughes forced a Newtown mistake in their own end that Olivia Rossi made them pay for with a blast to give Wilton the lead 2-1.
Newtown garnered their revenge though and tied the score at 2-2. As has been the case thus far in this young season, however, Wilton responded with an exclamation point as a hustling Gwynn Sullivan found open space and made Newtown pay, not once but twice, making the final score 4-2.