Girls soccer: Wilton continues to roll, tops Warde 3-1
After opening the season with a crushing 7-1 loss to Westhill, the Wilton High girls soccer team has posted four wins and a tie, and its record stands at 4-1-1.
The Warriors downed the Fairfield Warde Mustangs 3-1 on Tuesday in Fairfield for their latest victory. Over the past five games the Warriors have outscored their opponents 10-1.
The loss drops the Mustangs record to 4-2.
Warde pressured the Warrior defense early and dominated play for the first 30-plus minutes of the contest, but had nothing to show for their efforts. The Warriors showed great composure and stayed organized to keep the home team off the board. On the offensive side Wilton couldn’t get anything going or sustain any pressure.
However, in the final six minutes of the first half the Warriors offense started to click and they picked up a goal. Sophomore Izzy King gave the visitors a 1-0 lead, which they carried into halftime, assisted by Sophia Sudano.
The Mustangs came out in the second half and put the pressure on Wilton again, just like in the first 40 minutes.
With less than 20 minutes left in the game, a Warde player got past her defender and when the Warriors sweeper peeled back to help she was called for a foul in the goal box, giving the home team a penalty kick. The Wilton goalie Taylor Floyd got a piece of the shot, but it crossed the goal line to tie the score at 1-1.
Again Wilton stayed focused and mounted a comeback. Sophomore Lindsay Groves took a pass from Sudano and had the Warde keeper racing toward her, as she had a clear path to the net. Groves popped her shot over the goalie into the net for the 2-1 lead.
Groves added her second goal of the game, as she picked up a rebound of a shot that hit off the goal post for the 3-1 victory.
“I am very pleased at the way the team played today. They stayed focused and composed and gave a great effort,” said Wilton head coach Renato Topalli. “The team stepped up their performance tonight against a very good team that pressured us most of the game. We went stride for stride with them and didn’t let our guard down during their constant attacking. We’re off to a great start to the season and we are working together as a team, but we must keep our focus and drive every time we take the field.”