Zizzadoro scores twice in win over Norwalk

Wilton Senior Michael Zizzadoro scored two goals in the Warriors 3-1 win over Norwalk on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019.

Wilton Senior Michael Zizzadoro scored two goals in the Warriors 3-1 win over Norwalk on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019.

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It took a little while for the Wilton High boys soccer team’s offense to find a rhythm Monday afternoon, but once it did it never stopped flowing.

The Warriors scored twice in the first half and once more in the second, keeping nearly constant pressure on the Norwalk defense the rest of the time on the way to a 3-1 win at Kristine Lilly Field.

That gives the Warriors (2-0) nine goals over their first two games.

It also gives the team two wins under first-year head coach Edwin Carvajal to start the season.

Focusing on ball-control and short passes, the Warriors methodically moved the ball from the backline to the midfield and up to the strikers all game.

“Our weakness is being able to handle balls out of the back. We practiced it the last two days and it seemed like it really came to fruition today in the game,” Carvajal said. “(Goalie) Jack Lynch being able to command his box was a big game-saver for us. He really showed his dominance in the box. That, along with the great services we gave our forwards, opened up great opportunities for them to get into the game.”

Lynch made eight saves, several in traffic off Norwalk set pieces, snatching balls out of the air in the scrum.

Fifteen minutes into the game, Wilton got its first goal with Nathan Bennett feeding Owen Lillis, who fired a shot from 22 yards out into the upper left corner.

Ten minutes later, Michael Zizzadoro went top shelf on a one-timer after a well-placed pass from Bennett.

Norwalk (0-1) had opportunities in the first half, banging two shots off the crossbar in the opening 20 minutes, but never found a consistent offensive attack.

“We need a lot of our younger guys to step up,” Norwalk coach Chris Laughton said. “I thought there were spells, especially in the first half, where we played well and kept the ball. In the second half, we got away from how we wanted to play. We didn’t have enough fight to come back, and I think they wanted the game more than we did.”

Norwalk did cut the lead to 2-1 in the second half on a penalty kick. After a trip was called in the box, Mateo Davalos stepped up and calmly put away the PK in the lower left corner.

But Wilton regained its two-goal advantage as Zizzadoro converted off an assist by Connor Utterdijk with 12 minutes left to play.

“We were moving the ball really well back-and-forth and that was opening up those gaps in the middle,” Zizzadoro said. “Our midfielders were able to get the balls through those gaps and up to me and the other strikers. I missed a few up there. Unfortunate ones, but we put the ball in the back of the net, three times, at the end of the day.”