Girls soccer: English's goal helps Wilton tie Danbury
Coming off a big win last Friday against Ridgefield, the Wilton High girls soccer team took its foot off the gas a little on Tuesday against Danbury, playing the visiting Hatters to a 1-1 tie at Kristine Lilly Field.
The draw did extend the Warriors' unbeaten run to six games, and left Wilton with a 5-2-3 overall record.
Both teams worked hard in the first half and both had scoring chances, but neither team put one in the goal.
In the second minute of play, Allie Furlo headed a centering pass toward the goal, but the shot went high, as the Warriors looked to jump out to an early lead.
Danbury went ahead 1-0 in the 58th minute as a Hatter forward was able to turn the corner on the Wilton defense for the score.
Wilton got the equalizer with 8:53 to play when Haley English went left foot to tuck the ball just inside the far post. English got a crossing pass from Ashley Vitarelli that the Danbury goalie couldn’t make a play on, and English was there for the score.
Wilton was a step behind on offense for most of the game and its passing wasn’t as crisp as it has been in recent games. Also, the ball took some unlucky bounces in the offensive zone. But the defense played rock solid and out-hustled Danbury to loose balls. Both Makenna Pearsall and Jillian Lauricella worked hard on the back line the entire game. Lauricella also picked off a Danbury pass and carried it down the wing deep into the Hatters defensive zone.
"We didn’t play our best today, but we came away with a point,” said Wilton head coach John Salvatore. “We made the game difficult on ourselves and we should have come away with a win. Now that the coaches see what this team can do, we have high expectations each time we hit the field and the teams we play have seen what we have been doing and get up to play us."