Travel soccer: Wilton teams compete at Columbus Day tourneys
Wilton Soccer Association teams had the following results in recent travel soccer action:
Wilton Blue goes 1-3 at tourney
Although considered underdogs, Wilton Blue earned a respectable showing against the league’s top-tier teams at the third annual CT Rush Columbus Day Tournament in Wilton.
The early-morning opener was filled with back-and-forth action against a speedy Stamford White team. The boys came out quickly, and it showed with an early goal in the first minute of play. The lead alternated throughout the first half, with Stamford ending on top. The second half continued with a similar pace, but the boys turned up the intensity and battled back to a 6-4 win. Wilton got an all-around team effort on both sides of the field by Stefano Cross, Alessandro Ochoa, Evan Lalor, Amit Solomon, Jack Crossen, Charlie Roy, Finn Burke, Luke Perna, Matt DeMasi, Maddox Backman, Jack Barker and Will Soucy.
After the inspiring first win, Wilton dropped both afternoon games to the talented Westport Blue and Old Greenwich White teams. The boys seemed to struggle with their opponents’ speed on the ball, which proved difficult to generate any sustained momentum. However, the team’s stout defense kept the scores tight and competitive for the majority of play.
In the end, the team gained some invaluable experience and proved that they can compete with the league’s best.
Wilton Blue participated in the CT Rush Columbus Day Tournament in Wilton this past weekend and played in the premier bracket, which included premier clubs throughout the area. While this town team has only played together for six weeks, they held their own against three formidable more experienced teams.
South Central Premier 5, Wilton Blue 1
In their first game against South Central Premier, Nicholas Marini was in goal and faced early and constant pressure. He held them off with incredible saves but eventually holes in Wilton’s defense allowed for a goal by South Central. As Wilton nerves settled, they responded with a quick breakaway and goal by Liam Joy. South Central responded quickly with another couple goals ending the half with South Central in the lead 4-1.
This previously undefeated Wilton team entered halftime a little frazzled but turned it around with spirit entering the second half. Wilton owned the half with constant shots on South Central by Eammon Zadourian, Brendan Morris and Liam Joy. Blake Ongley, Harrison DeStefano and Nolan Milhouha also kept the pressure on South Central with attempts on goal. When they lost control, strong defense by Jake Padilla, Brad Mallory and James Dineen showed South Central they were not going to be intimidated. A final breakaway by South Central, however, added one more goal to their final 5-1 score but the team left the field feeling much better about their performance compared to the first half.
Everton Westchester 5, Wilton Blue 1
In Wilton’s second game they faced off against Everton FC Westchester with Liam Joy in the goal for both halves. From the whistle, Everton showed its experience and strong ballhandling with early shots on goal. Joy had several incredible saves but eventually Everton got two goals. Brad Mallory had an awesome drive through Everton’s defense but wasn’t able to convert the shot into goal. The half ended at 2-0 Everton.
The second half began with Everton once again in control, adding a quick goal to its lead. Wilton’s Harrison Destefano got possession and showed this club an awesome breakaway and successful goal. Unfortunately, no amount of defensive hustle by Wilton could prevent the last Everton goal, ending the game 5-1.
Wilton Blue 3, Fairfield Revolution 1
Wilton’s final matchup was for the consolation title in the premier bracket and they faced Fairfield Revolution. The first two games had taken a toll on the boy’s confidence but as they got into a groove, Wilton kept pressure on Revolution’s defense for most of the first half. When they lost control, the opposing team scored but Wilton didn’t lose hope. A corner kick by Liam Joy resulted in a goal, ending the half at 1-1.
With the wind at its back, Wilton entered the second half with great offensive skills by Nicholas Marini and Nolan Milhouha. Jake Padilla, now in goal, had an awesome save. Wilton kept the pressure on the Revolution and was rewarded when Liam Joy broke away to get another Wilton goal. With the momentum, Wilton kept up its hustle and Joy added one more goal to end the game 3-1 in Wilton’s favor.
Wilton Blue 3, Suffield 2
On a chilly wet morning last Saturday, the Wilton Blue participated in the Bethel Columbus Day Soccer Tournament and came out on fire in its two morning games.
Against Suffield in game one, Declan Healy took to the goal and Wilton’s offense started out slow and Suffield was able to slip two goals in to take a 2-0 lead. From there, the offense was led by Ryan Leung, who had quick breakaway to score Wilton’s first goal. Also on offense was Christian Marroquin, Luke Pacheco, Jack Dodman, and Connor Lillis. The offense was supported by midfielders Robbie Ballentine, Luke Barbieri, Connor Morneau, Matthew Tabet, and Matthew Tully. On defense Tommy Lowell and Scott Mills anchored the middle with Luke Medalla, Thomas Welch, RJ Bartels, and Luke Eberhart providing strong support on the outside.
Shortly before halftime, Tully made a perfect assist to Leung, who put it in the goal to make the score 2-2 tie at halftime.
The second half started with strong plays by Leung and Dodman, with a couple of near misses on goal. Pacheco scored the third goal after Leung’s shot rebounded off the goalie, making the score 3-2 Wilton. Wilton hung on to win 3-2 with strong defensive plays made by Mills and Lowell to secure the victory.
Wilton Blue 4, Oxford 0
In the second game, Lowell took to the goal against Oxford. Leung scored two goals in the first half, resulting in a 2-0 halftime lead for Wilton. In the second half, Wilton started strong with four attempts on goal by Leung, Barbieri and Tabet all just missing. Leung then made it a hat trick with his third goal, followed by a goal by Pacheco which was assisted by Leung, leading to the final score of 4-0.
New Milford 4, Wilton Blue 0
In game three against New Milford, it was a very tight contest throughout with Eberhart in Goal. Scoring attempts by Leung and Lowell were blocked. Eberhart made several great saves throughout, keeping it 0-0 at the half. Healy returned to the net in the second half and several attempts by Dodman, Lillis and Lowell were deflected by the opposing goalie. New Milford broke through to take a 1-0 lead and the game ended 2-0 in New Milford's favor after a successful penalty kick.
Old Greenwich 4, Wilton Blue 0
The final game against Old Greenwich started with Scott Mills in goal making a great save on a penalty kick, followed by Lowell in the goal in the second half. After a long day of soccer, the team was flat throughout the game and lost 4-0.
The team ended the tournament with a very respectable 2-2 record.