Wilton girls soccer team tops Greenwich

After spotting Greenwich a 1-0 lead on a goal in the 20th minute, the Wilton High girls soccer team rallied for a 2-1 win on Wednesday night at Kristine Lilly Field.

The victory moves the Warriors (7-2-3) higher up in the FCIAC standings and closer to a berth in conference post-season play. It also extended Wilton’s unbeaten streak to eight games.

Wilton had the first chance for a score in the 10th minute of play. Lindsay Knutson blasted a shot that hit the crossbar, dropped straight down, and found its way to Haley English. English took a shot, but it went wide.

In the 15th minute, Greenwich converged on Wilton keeper Cecily Freliech, causing her to come out of the net to play the ball. The ball squirted through, but defender Makenna Pearsall was on the goal line to the clear the shot from danger.

After Greenwich took the lead, the Warriors knotted the score at 1-1 with 2:32 left in the first half on a goal by English. Hannah Maatallah dribbled the ball over the midfield line and passed to Annika Sheehan, who split the Cardinal defenders and sent the ball to English. English fired a shot on goal that tipped off the Greenwich goalie's hands and into the corner of the net.

Just five minutes into the second half, Knutson blasted a high shot that went through the hands of the Greenwich goalie for the game-winner.

Wilton controlled the ball for most of the game. The hosts showed good composure in possessing the ball, didn’t force the play, and gave their passes a purpose.

With the Warriors hanging back, Greenwich put forth some good pressure in the final four minutes of play but was unable to get the equalizer. Pearsall, Jillian Lauricella and Bridget Dwyer once again turned in stellar performances on the back line for the Warriors,and Freliech was credited with seven saves.

“We played a complete 80 minutes today,” said senior co-captain Knutson. "We have talent and depth on this team and we are using it. As a team, we've been working hard and playing with more confidence. In the past we just used to get rid of the ball as quick as we could and kick it up the field with no purpose. We have a solid defense and a goalie that come to play every game.”