Girls soccer: Warriors blank Greenwich 3-0
The Wilton High girls soccer team got first-half goals from Ashley Vitarelli and Andrea Benalcazar, and withstood strong Greenwich pressure early in the second half to post a 3-0 win on Wednesday in Greenwich.
The Warriors (2-1-1) also got a goal from freshman Sophie Sudano.
“It was our best team performance,” said head coach Renato Topalli. “The girls came out firing. We got our first goal early and that really helped big time in terms of keeping up their intensity.”
Vitaralli made it 1-0 about nine minutes into the game, and Benalcazar’s goal made it 2-0 at the half.
Topalli said the Warriors knew Greenwich (0-4-1) would came out strong to begin the second half, and that the first minutes of the half would be challenging.
“We weren’t comfortable with the 2-0 lead. We knew the first 10 minutes of the second half were going to be key. We did well to defend,” he said. “After the first 10 minutes their intensity went down and our’s picked up.”
Wilton added an insurance goal midway through the second half when Sudano dribbled past two or three players to get behind the defense and score with a strong finish.
“Lindsay Groves had a very good performance. She didn’t score but she created all three chances,” said Topalli. “Sophie Sudano and Zoe Lash in the midfield were outstanding. They played their best games so far.”
Topalli said Greenwich goaltender Emma Barefoot had a tremendous game to keep the Cardinals close.
“The Greenwich keeper was very, very good. We definitely had to earn our goals.”
The coach praised the Wilton defense, which got solid games from juniors Chloe Zimmerman and Carly Lattimer, in addition to the usual solid efforts of senior captains Brady Faria and Paige Gladstein.
“Taylor Floyd was awesome in goal and had two big saves,” he added. “It could have been 2-2 or 2-1, easily.”
It was the team’s third straight shutout since the 7-1 loss to Westhill in the season opener — a defeat that the Warriors have rebounded from nicely.
“The girls really used it to motivate themselves. Hopefully we’ll continue to build on that,” said Topalli. “We’re still not there yet. We’re definitely headed in the right direction.”
Notes: Wilton hosts Bridgeport Central today at 4.