Boys soccer: Wilton wins easily, but not impressively

The final score was misleading.

In the season opener for both teams Tuesday afternoon at Kristine Lilly Field, the Wilton High boys soccer team came away with a less-than-impressive 6-1 win over Harding-Bridgeport that left Wilton head coach Jim Lewicki scratching his head.

"We played well in scrimmages and practices and then we come out and play the way we did today and it makes you wonder,” said Lewicki. “The kids didn’t show composure and had no continuity in their play. Sure, we have a lot of young players, but we also have several seasoned players.

"Harding clearly out-played us for the better part of the first half," added Lewicki. "Our scores came mostly in transition from Harding turnovers; we didn’t possess the ball in the offensive zone to set up our scores. It’s only the first game of the year, but we will clearly have to play better against the rest of the conference.”

The Presidents took an early 1-0 lead in the fourth minute of play on a goal by Edgar Valencia. Valencia was left wide open on the doorstep for the score, as the Wilton defenders were caught napping.

Harding was doing a good job controlling the ball and keeping the action in the Wilton defensive side of the field, but the Warriors finally broke through to tie the game at 1-1in the 35th minute. Matt Ravichandran took a feed from Jack Brandt and went far post for the goal.

The Ravichandran goal seemed to breathe new life into the home team, as Wilton took control of the game with two scores in the final minutes of the first half to open a 3-1 lead at the break.

With 1:11 to play in the half, Aaron Breene headed in the ball over the attacking Harding goalie, and then Michael Lynch added another goal just 20 seconds later. After the ensuing kick-off, Lynch quickly worked his way down the field on the wing and turned the corner on a defender to go one-on-one with the Harding goalie. Lynch fired his shot past the Harding keeper for the 3-1 advantage.

"We started out flat today. We kind of were looking past them and as a result didn’t play well,” said Lynch, a co-captain. “We finally got it together late in the first half and pushed forward. We clearly know we’re going to have to give a better effort next game."

Wilton went ahead 4-1 in the 46th minute as a Harding player headed the ball into his own goal. Cole Hawthorne’s goal in the 48th minute increased the Warrior lead to 5-1. Hawthorne advanced the ball down the wing past the back line of Harding for the score.

Max Najarian capped the scoring in the 66th minute of play. Najarian's goal came off a direct kick from about 30 yards out that he lofted over the head of the Harding keeper for the 6-1 final.

With the Warriors in control, Lewicki was able to clear his bench and give playing time to all the Warriors who were suited up.

Wilton’s three goalies — Will DeSantis, Michael Legaz and Grey Livingstone — all saw time in net. DeSantis started for the Warriors and played the entire first half.