Wilton girls soccer team falls to Westhill
The Wilton High girls soccer team did just about everything right but put one in the net on Saturday, as visiting Westhill came away with a 1-0 victory at Kristine Lilly Field.
The loss drops the Warriors' record to 2-2 on the season.
The Vikings got an empty net goal in the 25th minute for the only score of the contest. Wilton keeper Cecily Freliech came out of the net to reach a loose ball, but it deflected to her right side to Westhill's Jess Laszlo, who was all alone with a wide open net in front of her. Laszlo quickly put the ball in the goal for the 1-0 score.
The game’s action was fast-paced and up and down the field between the 18-yard lines. Wilton was dominating play and putting good pressure on the Vikings with organized rushes up the field. The Warriors put together several good scoring opportunities but could not finish in the box.
In the second minute of play, senior co-captain Allie Furlo and sophomore Rebecca Hersch worked the ball into the center of the field at the top of the box to freshman Ashley Vitarelli, but Vitarelli's shot was saved by the Vikings keeper. Annika Sheehan, Haley English, Hersch, Furlo, and Vitarelli were all very active in the goal area for the home team, but they could not put Wilton on the scoreboard.
“We know we played well and are walking away with a positive attitude," said Furlo. “It’s early in the season and we look at this as a learning experience. We are working hard as a team and are learning a lot from our new coach. I have had three coaches since being on the team, and by far he (John Salvatore) brings the most soccer knowledge for us to learn from."
Despite the loss, Salvatore was pleased with the performance and hard work of his team.
“Of course I wanted a win, but I’m proud of the way they played," said Salvatore. "We had a tough loss against Darien, but this game showed me that we recovered from that game and we moved on. We’re doing a lot of things right out there; we just have to tweak a few things and stay focused and positive.”