Boys soccer: Stamford blanks Warriors 4-0

The Wilton High boys soccer team followed up its 5-0 loss to Trumbull on Thursday night with a 4-0 shutout at the hands of the Stamford Black Knights on Saturday afternoon at Kristine Lilly Soccer Field.

Wilton (4-8-1) has three regular season games remaining to finish the season out strong and make postseason state tournament play.

The Warriors’ effort was less than stellar and their play made the goals look easy for the Black Knights (7-3-3).

Senior Anthony Oliveros scored the first two goals for Stamford on his way to recording a hat trick.

The Warriors actually had the first great opportunity just two minutes into the game. Senior co-captain Owen Evershed got his head on a pass played to the goal line, but his shot attempt went over the crossbar.

But after that chance the Warriors’ scoring chances were basically nonexistent, as the frontline got no support from their midfielders deep in the Stamford zone. Wilton could not open up the field by getting by the first defender, no matter where on the field they were challenged.

Oliveros’ first score came in the 15th minute when he fired a hard, low shot into the back of the net for the 1-0 advantage. He netted his second score in the 29th minute off a long run by the Black Knights up the field.

Bogdan Chervak’s goal with 4:15 remaining in the first half upped the visitors’ lead to 3-0.

Stamford had a chance for another goal just before the half, but senior co-captain Nick Davatzes filled in for the out-of-position Warrior goalie and saved the ball that was tracking into the net for the score.

Oliveros capped off the scoring and his hat trick with a goal in the 53rd minute of the game.

“We missed some early chances to get a lead and it was like we fell asleep after that and couldn’t muster any attacks” said Evershed.

“We need to stay focused and push ourselves even when we fall behind. It would have been nice to get a win today and take some pressure off us to needing to win two of our three remaining games to make states. We just made it harder on ourselves and we clearly have to improve our work ethic and get better midfield support on rushes up the field.”