Girls soccer: Wilton opens state tourney with 2-0 victory

The Wilton High girls soccer team scored two goals in the second half to break a 0-0 tie and went on to score a 2-0 win at Norwich Free Academy on Tuesday, in the first round of the Class LL state tournament.

The 19th-seeded Warriors (10-7-1) travel to Newtown on Thursday for a second-round game against the third-seeded Nighthawks (15-3-1). Game time is at 2.

Wilton dominated Tuesday’s game at 14th-seeded NFA, especially in the first half, but went into halftime tied 0-0 despite getting off what head coach Renato Topalli estimated to be 20 shots.

“We struggled to score in the first half. We had the ball for the majority of the time and created a ton of chances,” he said. “It was little frustrating because we were completely dominating the game.”

The Warriors finally broke through about 10 minutes into the second half on a goal by Paisley Eagan, and made it 2-0 about 12 minutes later on a long-range shot by Lindsay Groves.

Wilton continue to create chances until the final whistle, and finished with about 30 total shots “if not more,” according to Topalli.

“They’re a good team,” he said of NFA, which ended the season 13-7. “We were just having a great day. We were firing on all cylinders.”

If the Warriors hope to keep advancing, however, they will need to take advantage of their scoring chances.

“In the state tournament, anything can happen. When you dominate the game and don’t put the ball in the net, something silly can happen and suddenly you’re down 1-0,” the coach said.

Topalli continued, “We’re playing some of our best soccer. The girls are playing an all-complete game right now. Now it comes down to finding a way. That’s what I told the team. You have to find a way to get it done, and get the ball in the net.”

The Warriors finished the game with an 18-4 edge in shots on goal. Taylor Floyd had four saves for Wilton to earn the shutout.