Youth soccer: Wilton Blue U-11 girls upend Darien
The following games were recently played by Wilton Soccer Association teams.
Monroe 4, Wilton Blue 2
Wilton Blue traveled to Monroe on Sunday in a game that was truly a tale of two halves. Monroe opened the scoring with a perfectly executed corner kick and then added two more goals. Wilton’s Matthew Tully, Scotty Mills, Tommy Lowell and Luke Medalla then stepped up on defense in front of goalie Michael Cooper, who made some nice saves. Monroe closed the first half with another goal, though, to take a 4-0 lead.
The second half was a different story. Medalla minded the net and, together with the defense, kept Monroe scoreless. Robbie Ballentine and Christian Marroquin kept pressure on from the midfield. Luke Barbieri displayed his usual boundless energy, and Reid Petrie showed some great footwork and energy at midfield and striker. Wilton broke the ice with a Cooper breakaway shot and goal on a nice long lead pass from Matthew Tabet. Wilton kept the pressure on with near misses from Jack Dodman and Petrie and a nice run by Ryan Leung. Dylan Bender scored the team’s second goal on a beautifully placed shot from the outside before Wilton ran out of time.
Wilton Gold goes 2-1-1 at tourney
With four games scheduled at the Glastonbury Hartwell Tournament, Wilton Gold’s game plan was simple: Defend.
Game one against Hartwell Red and game two against Norwalk White included intense action at both ends. A single goal by Sawyer Prendergast during each match, combined with a goal by Morgan Felipe in the second contest, helped Wilton win both games. Goalie Grace Duvall and defenders Natalie Cronin, Caitlin Ongley and Taylor Felipe were also instrumental.
Game three against Trumbull United was similar: Strong defense by Jemma Bear, Anya Iyer and Caitlin Allen reinforced the game plan. A penalty kick that was blocked by Isabella Schmidt with seconds remaining kept the game scoreless.
Game four against Bolton proved more challenging after coordinated offensive drives by Julie Ursitti, Ella Savage and Mary Scally. But Wilton was not able to overcome a one-goal deficit.
Wilton Blue 5, Darien 1
Despite a game-opening surge by Darien for an early lead, Wilton Blue took control and handed the visitors their first loss of the season. In impressive fashion, Emerson Pattillo placed four perfect corner kicks, which were deftly converted into goals by Isabel DiNanno, Molly Snow, Kiana Gow and Jill Roberts, before Pattillo added a goal of her own. Strong defense by Charlotte Casiraghi, Mia Cawley and Larsen Burke supported goalkeeper Anna Joy, who made five saves. Beautiful passing and constant pressing from midfielders Whitney Hess, Kelly Holmgren and Heather Plowright kept Darien on its heels and helped secure the 5-1 victory.
Weston 7, Wilton White 1
Wilton had to contend with cold and dreary weather, as well as an extremely aggressive, fast-paced Weston offense. Despite that, Wilton got strong defensive play from Caitlin Gilchrist, Amanda Prather and Natalie Schlesinger. Wilton also had some outstanding saves from goalies Samantha Mims and Hannah Fitzgerald. The Wilton offense fought to combat the stout defense of Weston. Strong efforts from Marianna Lombardi, Maddie Radcliffe and Becky Arnowitz finally led to a breakthrough pass to Molly Alger, who managed to score the lone Wilton goal late in the second half.
Wilton Blue 2, Newtown 1
After falling behind 1-0 early in the game, Wilton Blue team came back to defeat Newtown. Wilton’s first goal was notched by Siena McDermott, who swiftly redirected a well-placed corner kick by Addison Pattillo. The game-winning goal was scored by Ashleigh Masterson, who pounded home a beautiful pass from Isabel Barbieri. Brooke Aleksiejczyk’s remarkable throw-ins created numerous offensive breaks for Wilton, including one to Grace O’Connor, whose nifty pullback move nearly set up a scoring opportunity for Jane Hughes. Wilton almost found the net a third time when Lindsay Morin sent Addison Pattillo in alone, but Pattillo’s shot sailed just over the crossbar. Wilton’s defense was strong all day, anchored by Morgan Breakey, Alexa Furst, Molly Kaeyer and Fiona Gibbons, who were all tenacious against a tough Newtown team. Masterson and Pattillo shared goalkeeping responsibilities and were both rock-solid.
Wilton Gold 2, Wilton White 2
In a showdown of town teams, Gold and White played to a tie on Saturday. With Catherine Walsh as starting goalkeeper, Gold dominated play early, but Riley Fitzgerald had an opportunistic goal to put the White team on top. Eliza Patty and Sophia O’Neil played strong defense for Gold, and teammates Missy Ongly and Maddie O’Neil were able to advance the ball for several scoring opportunities. Gigi McWhorter tied the score at 1-1 with a nice goal for Gold.
With help from Mary Kate Doyle and Kaitlyn Sullivan, Emmy Baer put White back on top with an early goal in the second half. As White midfielders Madeline Dineen and Sasha Langholm kept the pressure on and Caroline Luce, Lauren Moe and Jenna Peterson steadied the defense, Maddy Gillespie and Carolina Bukowski had shots on goal for Gold. Sadie Klyver, Addison Dobson and Ella Breitenbach had shots on goal for White, but Megan Dodman's fierce goalkeeping kept the ball out of the net. Maddie Phelan's goal on an impressive shot into the corner of the net tied the game for Gold.