Girls soccer: Despite loss, Wilton controls playoff destiny

For the Wilton High girls soccer team, Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss at Brien McMahon was unfortunately reminiscent of too many tough losses this season.

The Warriors had more chances to score and controlled the game, but couldn’t convert on multiple chances to put the Senators away.

The Warriors took a 1-0 lead into halftime, on Paisley Eagan’s goal in the opening minutes. Both McMahon goals came in the second half, on corner kicks, as the Warriors struggled to clear the ball. The first was knocked in by McMahon. The second was an own goal by Wilton with about 18 minutes left to play.

“It was definitely a tough loss. We had a lot of quality chances and we just didn’t get the ball in the back of the net,” said head coach Renato Topalli. “It’s not from lack of effort. The girls are playing hard. They’re outworking other teams. They’re getting better chances. They just can’t score.”

The loss ended the Warriors’ unbeaten streak at four, leaving them with a 7-6-1 record. They still own the eighth and final playoff spot for the FCIAC playoffs, with two games left in the regular season. Wilton currently has 22 points, with Fairfield Ludlowe and New Canaan both two points behind.

Wilton closes out the regular season with two home games — against Stamford tonight at 6:30 and Ludlowe next Tuesday at 4.

“We still control our own destiny,” said Topalli, who said the team will need to find ways to finish up front and fix some minor problems on the defensive end.

McMahon improved to 9-3-2 with the win.

Scoring was also a problem in the Warriors’ 1-1 tie at Danbury last Friday. Despite a 16-4 edge in shots on goal, the Warriors managed to find the back of the net only once, with Eagan scoring off an assist from Sophie Sudano.