Travel soccer: Wilton teams win division titles

Wilton Soccer Association teams had the following results in recent action:

Girls Travel


Under-10

Wilton White 6, Fairfield 1

Wilton White closed out the season strong on Sunday with a 6-1 victory over Fairfield. Julia Munrow set the tone with a strong shot finding the back of the net only six minutes into the game. Chloe Flatt followed with two more goals to close out the first half with a 3-1 lead. The strong defensive play of Elizabeth Crocitto, Quincey Burke, Mia Sommer, Sophia Partola and Abby Phelan blocked any chances of Fairfield scoring any additional goals. The passing play of this successful team reached a new precision in the past couple of weeks. The strong midfield play of Ellie Drew, Caroline Cronin and Ashley O’Donnell set up Julia Munrow and Grace Ratcliffe for goals four and five. Finally, on her birthday, Caroline Cronin blasted goal number six in with only 10 minutes left in the game. These 11 girls ended their season 6-0-3 overall.

Under-11

Wilton Gold 5, Trumbull 2

Wilton Gold continued its winning streak in the semifinals on Saturday and defeated Trumbull. The offensive team was led by Anisa Burrows, who scored four goals. Maddie Phelan darted up and down the sideline and made a great distance shot that went narrowly wide. Mia Robustelli on offense battled the Trumbull defenders on the wing and earned a chance in front of goal. On the other wing, Caitlyn O’Grady ran down every pass and remained a threat in front of the goal. Megan Dodman delivered great pass after pass in the midfield and converted a penalty kick to earn another point for Wilton. Julia Steenbock worked tirelessly across center midfield and defense, stopping Trumbull and crisply threading passes to her offensive peers. Sasha Langholm played both sides of the field on defense and offense earning a great chance in front of goal. The defensive team, powered by Caroline Luce, Macy Tiche and Grace Biondo, were cool under pressure and demonstrated great defensive positioning to win the ball back from Trumbull. Finally, Abigail Schmitt, the team goalkeeper, made several saves including a penalty kick.
Wilton Gold 1, Westport 0

Wilton Gold won the division title in a tough match to Westport in Sunday’s finals. It was a nailbiter from the start, but Wilton never gave up. Every girl played their heart out for the win. Wilton’s offensive line made up of Anisa Burrows, Sasha Langholm, Megan Dodman, Maddie Phelan and Mia Robustelli took several shots on goal but were stopped by Westport’s strong defense. The game was tied at 0-0 through the middle of the second half when Julia Steenbock was able to break away at midfield and score the game’s only goal. Westport’s offense was no match for Wilton’s midfield and defensive wall including Grace Biondo, Maddie Gillespie, Caroline Luce, Caitlyn O’Grady and Macy Tiche, who chased down and intercepted every pass. Goalkeeper Abigail Schmitt was tested by one indirect penalty kick, which she coolly collected.

Boys Travel


Under-10

Wilton White 6, Westport Red 3

Wilton White, ranked number one in its division, and undefeated, was once again able to take the win. They displayed strong teamwork and perseverance, which led to the victory. Liam Christ, Matt Martins, and Jack Vermeulen anchored the defense, as their positioning and determination limited the amount of chances given in the first half. Wilton took an early advantage as Andrew Partenza netted a goal off an assist from Toby Plowright. Kenji Sahay stole the ball from a defender and crossed to Partenza for another goal. Nathaniel Kalter and Dominick Cilento provided memorable runs from wing position, providing opportunities up the field.

In the second half, Tyler Coppola had a shot on goal, ricocheting off the goalie, which Sahay followed through for a goal. Coppola netted a goal soon after. Connor Toohill minding the net had several excellent deflections away from the goal. Vermeulen crossed for Quinn Minozzi’s goal. Lastly, it was Andrew Partenza’s blast outside the box, which crossed the goal line for a 6-3 win. Evan Arghirescu was missed at the game. This team plays determined, with a lot of heart, and they rise up to each challenge.


Wilton Blue 6, Weston 0

Wilton Blue finished its perfect fall season with a 6-0 win over Weston. Late Sunday afternoon, the boys came to Ambler Farm ready to play a team they lost to last spring and were determined to not repeat.

First-half highlights include goals by Luke Perna, Stefano Cross, Evan Lalor and Maddox Backman. Heavy pressure from Wilton’s defense kept Weston scoreless. Finn Burke’s quick instincts on moving the ball to opposite sides of the field kept Weston on their toes. Charlie Roy guarded Wilton’s goal.

In the second half, Matt DeMasi scored off of great play that began with Cross (from goal). Jack Barker’s defensive skills kept Weston from getting too close to Cross. Jack Crossen moved the ball down the field and with a great pass,  DeMasi was able to score again. Heavy offense pressure and great passing from Amit Solomon and Will Soucy kept the ball on Weston’s side of the field.

Congratulations to this strong team, which scored 47 goals during the season while only allowing eight goals.

Under-11

Wilton White 3, Newtown 2 (PKs)

Wilton White finished out their season last weekend with two playoff games.

In the semifinal game on Saturday, they took on Newtown, a team who beat them earlier in the season 4-3 to give Wilton one of it’s only losses during the regular season. Wilton and Newtown faced off in Stamford and it was a most exciting game. Wilton was down 2-1 and managed to tie it up on a goal by Mason Andrews with five minutes left. The game went into overtime with no team able to win it.

In the end the game came down to penalty shots and Finnbar O’Halloran was the big hero, blasting his attempt into the net to seal Wilton’s victory. Akhil Vallabhajjosula was also a hero in goal that game blocking three penalty shots.

Norwalk 3, Wilton White 2

Wilton’s victory put them in the championship game on Sunday versus Norwalk and they played in Fairfield as the neutral site. Coach Mike Revill got some awesome goaltending by James Morello and Akhil once again in the championship game. Wilton’s intense defense was led by Gio Pacheo, Ben Zappaterrini, Finnbar O’Halloran and Dylan McMenamey. Charlie Greene and ‘Sid’ Siddharth Suneja also showed a lot of grit playing both defense and offense throughout the game. Andres Deidan, Marcos Flaim, Jekabs Silins and Mason Andrews led the offense in this second game. Lucas Moraes had to sit this second game out with an injury but his contributions in the previous game and during the season helped to get Wilton this far.

The Norwalk game was a tough physical match and it was 2-2 late in the game when Norwalk put in a corner kick in the last minutes to take a 3-2 victory. This Wilton team grew a lot during the season and should be proud of not only their improvements, but also of their accomplishments. They truly enjoyed playing together.