Boys soccer: Danbury hands Wilton third straight loss
The Wilton High boys soccer team has dropped its last three games by a combined score of 11-1, as their play is going in the wrong direction.
On Monday the visiting Danbury Hatters scored three goals in a span of four minutes to fuel their 4-1 win over Wilton at Kristine Lilly Soccer Field.
The Warriors’ record stands at 4-7-2 with three games remaining in the regular season. Wilton needs to go at least 1-1-1 in its remaining games or risk not qualifying to the state tournament for the second year in a row.
“If you’re going to let your opponent score four goals in the game, you better answer back with goals of your own,” said senior captain John Brown. “We’re not communicating enough at both ends of the field. We have to yell out if there is a man or if the player has time to develop a run. On defense we did not follow our man, giving them the room to run and we ball watched too much, all things that lead to losses.”
Wilton came out and controlled play to start the contest but that was short-lived. Michael Zizzadoro had the game’s first scoring chance in the sixth minute but the Hatters’ goalie came off the line for the save.
Danbury answered right back in the eighth minute but Wilton goalie Chris Sweeney was in perfect position for the hard-shot save to keep the game scoreless.
In the 10th minute Zizzadoro got past the Danbury defense but didn’t have a good look at goal and the keeper cut off his angle and made the save.
Sweeney came up with two more saves on good chances by the Hatters in the 13th and 14th minutes, but right after that the goal parade kicked off.
Just 30 seconds after the Sweeney save, Alex Pane sent a high shot over the outstretched reach of Sweeney into the top of the net for the 1-0 lead.
Less than a minute later, Felipe Alves made to 2-0 as Danbury was able to quickly gain control of the ball after the face-off to score.
In the 18th minute the Hatters increased their lead to 3-0 on a goal by Austin Jacobs, assisted by Brandon Tyndale.
The referees called a tight game as there were many fouls throughout the game. Danbury clearly out hustled Wilton in the first half and demonstrated good ball skills and played composed, and its passing was point to point. On the other side, the Warriors’ play was slow to develop. The Hatters led 3-0 at the half.
The Warriors came out in the second half with more spirited play and looked to get back in the game. Eight and a half minutes into the half, sophomore Connor Uitterdijk got by the defense and put a shot on net that the Danbury goalie had to make a slide save on to keep Wilton off the boards.
Danbury’s lead grew to 4-0 in the 58th minute when Alves picked up his second goal of the game. He split two Wilton defenders, leaving him one-on-one with the Wilton keeper.
The Warriors finally put one in the net in the 60th minute. Alex Ziluca lofted a long ball down the field to Brown, who was able to get a step on his defender and popped his shot high into the net for the score.
The Warriors are back on the field on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. game for their Senior Night when they face Brien McMahon.