Wilton boys soccer team beats McMahon in opener

The Wilton High boys varsity soccer team opened its 2013 season with a 2-1 win over Brien McMahon on Tuesday afternoon at Kristine Lilly Field.

The teams played cat and mouse for the first 35 minutes, as most of the game was played in the midfield area. McMahon had chance in the 11th minute, but Wilton goalie Will DeSantis came up with a save of a point-blank shot to keep the ball out of the net. DeSantis picked up his defense as it let an unmarked player get behind the back line.

Michael Lynch netted the season’s first goal in the 36th minute, with assists going to Cole Hawthorne and Chauncey Allers. Hawthorne and Allers worked the ball through the McMahon defense to Lynch for the score and a 1-0 halftime lead.

Wilton doubled its lead to 2-0 in the 47th minute when Allers struck a left-footed shot past the McMahon goalie for an unassisted score. The ball came to Allers on a deflection in the box.

"I touched the ball, turned, looked for any options, saw an opening, and put it past the keeper," said Allers. "The ball was on my left and I didn’t want to waste time getting back to my right, so I took it with my left."

DeSantis, who recorded six saves in the game, lost his bid for a shutout when McMahon scored on a penalty kick in the final minute of play. A Wilton player was called for a hand ball in the box and Mateo Sepulveda placed his spot kick just past the out-stretched arms of DeSantis for the goal.

“We saw a lot of good things in practice that didn’t carry over to the field, but this team is a work in progress, and, hey, we came away with a win against a quality team,” said Wilton head coach Jim Lewicki. “I like our team; they work hard and we should get better with more playing time as a team. DeSantis played well in net, and if we can get goalie play like we did today we should be in a lot of games."