Girls soccer: Wilton nips Enfield in OT, moves to quarterfinals

Sophomore Ally Dejana’s second goal of the game in the second gave the Wilton girls soccer team a 2-1 overtime victory over the fifth-seeded Enfield Eagles on Friday night in Enfield, in the second round of the Class LL state tournament.

Dejana’s game winner came with just five minutes remaining in the second 10-minute overtime period, as both teams were looking at penalty kicks to decide the winner. Fellow sophomore Lindsay Groves assisted on the goal.

With the win, the 13th-seeded Warriors advance to the quarterfinal round and will face FCIAC rival and 12th-seeded Westhill Vikings on Monday at 2 at Westhill. Wilton defeated the Vikings on penalty kicks in the quarterfinal round of the FCIAC playoffs on Oct. 28.

Dejana’s first goal of the game opened the scoring in the first half, assisted by Andrea Benalcazar, giving the Warriors the 1-0 going into halftime.

Enfield tied the game at 1-1 with just five minutes remaining in regulation.

After the Warriors’ lackluster performance in the opening-round game against 20th-seeded E.O. Smith, Wilton head coach Renato Topalli was confident his team would get things back on track for the game against Enfield.

“The whole team played a tremendous game and gave a great effort. They deserved to win,” said Topalli. “This is what they have done all season — process what they didn’t get done in a loss or a when they didn’t play well and come out with renewed focus and energy in the next game. They knew they didn’t give it their best against E.O. Smith and they wanted to prove to themselves that they can play hard.”

Topali did single out Groves for her all-around play in the entire game.