Girls soccer: Glastonbury ousts Wilton in semifinals, 2-0

The Wilton High girls soccer team faced a tall order Wednesday night in West Haven when it squared off against the defending Class LL state champs Glastonbury Tomahawks in the state semifinals.

The top-seeded Tomahawks, who are undefeated over the last two seasons, have scored 102 goals, while only allowing five goals, this season alone.

And they came out and put two in the net in the first five minutes of Wednesday's game and rode it to a 2-0 win, ending the Warriors magical season.

The 13th-seeded Warriors ended the season 15-6-1. It was Wilton’s first trip to the state semifinal round since 2008.

“I’m proud of the way the girls played this season and what they accomplished as a team,” said Wilton’s first-year head coach Renato Topalli. “We have a lot of young players on the team and I think the moment was too big for them. That’s why we fell behind early. This team has been through a lot this year and no one expected us to make FCIACs or go this far in states.

“We told the team after the game that just being here is a learning experience and they can look at themselves and that they turned the Wilton high school program around with what they accomplished this year,” he continued. “This team faced its challenges and exceeded expectations. I thought this was going to be a rebuilding year, but they proved me wrong.”

Glastonbury took the opening face-off and worked the ball around the field. And with just one minute and 51 seconds off the game clock the Tomahawks worked the ball quickly into the Warriors defensive zone and found the back of the net. Junior Eden Baker sent a pass from the wing to an unmarked Caroline Bogue, who sent a low shot into the corner of the net for the 1-0 Tomahawk lead.

With 4:24 off the game clock the defending champs made it 2-0. The Warriors failed to clear the ball out of the goal box and senior Madison Seymour capitalized on the Wilton mistake with a goal.

The Warrior offense was non-existent in the first 40 minutes, as they didn’t put any pressure to the Tomahawks’ keeper. Down early they lost their composure and seemed to be in panic mode and any rushes up the field were just one- or two-player attacks that were easily stopped by the Tomahawks.

On the other hand, Glastonbury made well-organized runs with point to point, on-the-mark passes, with their players giving the ball handler several options to advance the ball.

“They were the most technically sound team we faced all year. I don’t think I saw more than one or two bad passes all game long,” said Topalli. “But our team settled down and kept working hard. We did get some chances in the second half to get back in the game, but we just didn’t finish them.”

Senior co-captain Brady Faria reflected on her final season at Wilton and her take-away on the year.

“Teamwork work means everything if you want to succeed. You also need good team chemistry. We all want to play for each other as a team,” she said. “The coaching staff delivered their message straight forward at us and didn’t sugar coat anything. They were behind us 110 percent and believed in us and worked with us to make us better.”