Boys soccer: Warriors fall to Eagles, 1-0
Tiago Frazao scored the game’s only goal in the 15th minute of play and that was all the Trumbull Eagles needed to come away with a 1-0 win over the Wilton High boys soccer team on Tuesday night under the lights at Kristine Lilly Soccer Field.
The Warriors took the opening kick and went right into attack mode. Wilton came out and showed a lot of energy and spirited play, but couldn’t finish their runs. And once the Eagles took possession of the ball they quickly switched the field.
The Eagles played several through balls in the first 10 minutes of the game that set up one-on-one chances with Wilton defenders, leading to open, hard shots on goal. But Wilton goalie Chris Sweeney was up to the challenge. He saw the plays developing in front of him, and prepared and positioned himself and came up big for the home team with some big saves.
The Eagles finally got one by Sweeney in the 15th minute. Frazao was on the receiving end of another long, lofted pass as he split two Warrior defenders. He settled the ball, got a step on the defenders and tucked his shot in the far corner, out of the reach of Sweeney, for the 1-0 lead.
The Warriors’ senior co-captain Tim Foley had a chance to tie the score in the 21st minute but his header off a pass from the wing went high.
Sweeney came up big three more times in the first half to keep the Trumbull lead at one goal. The Eagles were getting their players deep in the Warriors’ defensive zone, creating scoring opportunities.
“The team gave me an outstanding effort tonight and it’s disappointing based on the way they played to come away with a loss,” said Wilton head coach Jim Lewicki. “We showed better shape and midfield play, but couldn’t put one in the net again. Four of our five losses were shutouts. Our goalie (Sweeney) played outstanding in goal. The score could have been 4-0 in the first half if he didn’t come up big for us.
“We made some adjustments at halftime to slow their offensive runs, that forced us to run back and forth on the field,” he continued. “That slowed us down late in the game to make a final push for the win.”
The Warriors, who have stepped up their play in the second half of games, couldn’t get the game-tying goal in tonight’s match.
Early in the second half, Wilton had two consecutive corners, but couldn’t capitalize. The second kick came as a result of the Eagles goalie having to punch the Warriors shot over the net for the save.
In the 53rd minute, a corner kick from Connor Uitterdijk took a funny hop in the goal box and almost hit off a player into the goal, but the keeper corralled the ball.
With the loss the Warriors record dropped to 4-5-2 on the season, while Trumbull’s record improved to 8-3.
Wilton travels to Greenwich on Thursday to face the Cardinals at 4:30.