Girls soccer: Goals galore for Wilton in rout of Trinity

As the clocked ticked down Thursday night, Wilton High girls soccer head coach Freya Coombe turned and said, “the drought is over."

Coombe could have been referring to the steady rain falling at Kristine Lilly Field, but more likely she was commenting on the deluge of goals her team had produced in a 9-0 victory over Trinity Catholic.

The prolific output was welcome: The Warriors had scored just one goal in their five previous games, four of which were shutout losses.

The winless Crusaders were just what Wilton (2-5) needed to regain some confidence on offense and put a notch in the win column.

"This game helped us work on a lot things, one of which was to build the team’s confidence level," said Coombe. “I was also able to get several other players playing time and rest some of my starters. All the girls work hard in practice and don’t get a chance to get in the game, but tonight I was able to reward them for the team work."

Sophomore Paisley Eagan netted a hat trick for the Warriors, with all three of her goals coming in the first half.

Eagan opened the scoring in the in the 12th minute, as she found herself one-on-one with the Trinity goalie on the doorstep and quickly put her shot past the keeper for a 1-0 lead.

Eagan scored again in the 15th minute, assisted by Chloe Zimmermann and Rebecca Hersch. Zimmermann played a long pass to Hersch through midfield. Hersch then passed to Eagan, who split two defenders for her second goal and a 2-0 lead.

In the 20th minute, Hersch spotted freshman Alexandra Brichkowski splitting the Trinity defense and sent a pass that Brichkowski converted for a goal.

Next up was Julia Vitarelli, whose goal on an assist from Hannah Jung increased Wilton's lead to 4-0.

Eagan then struck again with her third goal of the opening half in the 31st minute. Eagan stole the ball from a Crusader player on the wing, dribbled in from the side and placed a shot in the corner of the net, putting Wilton ahead, 5-0, at halftime.

Sophomore Eva Greco got things going in the second half, as she went far corner for Wilton's sixth goal. Senior co-captain Caraline Higgins then blasted a long shot just inside the near post in the 60th minute, and Paige Gladstein added a goal in the 72nd minute for an 8-0 lead.

Senior Karen Brosko closed the scoring with a high shot into the back of the net.

Trinity struggled all game in its attempt to mount an attack the Wilton net. The Crusaders finished with just one shot on goal.

Keeper Jazmune Manolia had a solid game for Trinity, which, to its credit, did keep battling until the final whistle.