Wilton girls soccer team edges New Canaan
The Wilton High girls soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to four games with a 2-1 triumph over New Canaan on Wednesday at Kristine Lilly Field.
Wilton (4-2-2) took the opening kick-off and put immediate pressure on the Rams' defense, leading to a goal in the sixth minute. Lindsay Knutson played to the ball wide to Annika Sheehan, who crossed into the box. The pass was deflected, and Allie Furlo got to the loose ball and put it in the net.
New Canaan tied the score in the 10th minute on a goal off a direct kick, as Kyla Persky sent a high shot over Wilton goalie Cecily Freliech's head and into the far corner of the net. Freliech was caught out of position on the play and her teammates weren’t there to help her.
That was all the scoring in the first half, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Wilton clearly was out-playing its opponent but could only manage the one goal.
The Warriors possessed the ball and controlled the tempo of the game in the first 40 minutes. Several times in the first half, Sheehan tracked down a ball played to her wing and sent crosses into the box but could not find a teammate to connect with. New Canaan’s physical style of play held the Warrior offense in check and slowed Wilton down a step.
The Warriors finally broke the stalemate with 2:34 left in the game when Haley English placed a perfect corner kick right at the goal mouth. The ball deflected into the net for the score and gave Wilton the victory .
“We got a little frustrated in today’s game, but we didn’t quit and we did what it took to win," said Wilton head coach John Salvatore. "New Canaan did a good job in counter-attacking our defensive set, but our backline gave me a great effort."
After opening the season 2-0, the Warriors lost their next two games to drop back to .500. But things seem to be clicking now and the team appears to be headed in the right direction.
“We have a different dynamic on this year’s team," said Knutson. "We all get along and play for each other. We are one big happy family . Our new coach has brought us a the positive attitude it takes to be successful."