Wilton Soccer Association scoreboard
The following games were recently played by Wilton Soccer Association teams.
Wilton 6, Darien 0
In a chilly season opener, Wilton handily beat Darien. Claire Gulbin scored early in the game off an assist by Eva Greco and then added a second goal shortly after. Lauren Chiappetta made strong attempts at the goal, while Sofie Schmidt and Victoria Curley also played aggressive offense. Stellar defense was played by Thaise Sudano, Emme McClintock and Emily Tuin. Lizzie Lynch put her amazing speed into several defensive plays as well, and Maddie LeBeau provided numerous strong kicks from the midfield. The Gulbin Show continued in the second half as Claire scored again after particularly beautiful passing by Ashleigh Hawthorne and Caitlin Gilroy amidst a frustrated Darien team. Ana Sudano put Wilton’s fifth goal on the scoreboard, and Julia Bonnist scored two more fantastic goals late in the second half. Wilton’s goalkeepers, Lily Macdonald and Eva Greco, saved everything Darien sent their way for the shutout.
Wilton Gold 6, Greenwich 1
Although the weather felt a little bit more like winter than spring, Wilton Gold earned a win against Greenwich last Sunday. Wilton opened the scoring with a quick goal by Sarah Dodman. Maeve Sexton and Chloe Sokol had attempts on goal that were stopped by the Greenwich goalie just in time. The Greenwich girls kept the pressure on, but strong defending by Mandy Heffernan, Macy LeBeau and Natalie Ellenthal kept the ball away from goalie Isabel Gouveia. A big kick by LeBeau on defense sent the ball up the field and helped Dodman score again. Wilton kept up its wonderful passing and great skills, and Megan Kaeyer found the back of the Greenwich net to make the score 3-1 at the half.
The second half started off strong as well as Emma Conley, Ellenthal and LeBeau formed a defensive wall. Caitlin Sullivan and Amy Marlburg hustled to get the ball up the field and keep it on the Greenwich side for most of the second half. Goals by Sexton and Gouveia brought the score to 5 -1, and in the last five minutes Sullivan got a goal with an assist by Heffernan.
New Canaan 3, Wilton 1
Wilton met New Canaan on a blustery spring day. Wilton attacked early, with strong shots on goal by Sara Schneidman and Callie Drake. Maud Seymour and Bianca Reuter battled hard in the midfield, and New Canaan counter-attacks were stifled by Sophie Peterson and Lauren Cooper. Emma Kantor made a diving save in goal to keep the game scoreless at halftime.
After an opposition goal, Wilton attacked aggressively, with strong runs into the box by Zoe Kim and Sasha Sypher. Sophia Scarfi tied the game with a breakaway goal that brought cheers from the Wilton sidelines. Despite stiff resistance, New Canaan scored two late goals to end a competitive game.
Wilton Gold 6, Ridgefield 3
On Sunday, Wilton Gold opened its spring season with a game against the Ridgefield Sky at Ambler Farm. After a long winter off, Wilton came out on fire by scoring two quick goals. Great passing and teamwork by Brielle Flavin, Lily Umphred, Isabel Cronin and Riley Eaton set up two scoring opportunities for Sarah Allam, who delivered both times. Allam’s goals came within the first 10 minutes of the first half, putting Wilton in front 2-0. However, Ridgefield battled back to tie the game and the momentum clearly swung to the visiting team. Then, late in the first half, it was Wilton goalie Holly Corper who stepped up and delivered a game-changing moment. After a penalty kick was awarded to Ridgefield, Corper made a great save to keep the game tied. The play seemed to inspire the Wilton girls, as they took over the game. First, Riley Eaton scored from the top of the box to put Wilton back in front. Then, Samantha Nichols gave the home team some breathing room as she broke past the defense on the left side and drilled a shot into the back of the net. After Ridgefield cut the lead to 4-3, Wilton’s Riley Milhoua put the game away with two goals within 10 minutes. The 6-3 lead held up as Wilton’s defense, led by Grace Cahill, Sarah Crocitto, Olivia Crisafulli and Sydney Feldman, shut down the Ridgefield offense.
Wilton White at tourney
Wilton White opened the season at the Spring Tiger Tune-Up Tournament in White Plains, N.Y. All three contests were hard-fought and well played, with White tying its first two matches and dropping the finale, 1-0.
In the first match against the WSSL Red Bulls, Marygrace DelliSanti tallied two early goals by deftly elevating a pair of shots up and over the Red Bull goalkeeper. Mairead Kehoe started in goal and made several solid stops with subsequent booming clearing kicks. Alexis Castaldi showed no winter rust whatsoever as she continually kept defenders flailing at air as she effortlessly dribbled up the field, repeatedly setting up her teammates. Two late WSSL goals tied the game and one rocket sailed just wide of goalie Grace Beck at the final horn, resulting in the tie.
The middle game of the tournament against the East Chester Rovers resulted in a scoreless tie but was not at all lacking in drama. Victoria Fox and DelliSanti shared goalkeeping responsibilities flawlessly. And with less than a minute left, a hustling Maya Snyder magnificently thwarted a furious Rover rush and cleared the ball to safety. Catalina King, Katie McMorris and Maddie Pfeiffer shone throughout with uncanny prescience, continually passing and distributing the ball to areas of the field where East Chester was vulnerable to White’s attacking style.
The nightcap against Pelham’s Storm was thrilling throughout, with Peyton Gildersleeve and Sophie Nell leading the charge by showing great speed and the ability to apply relentless pressure on the offensive side of the field. Snyder and Erin McMorris handled goalkeeping duties and battled valiantly, allowing but a single late game-deciding tally.
Sunday’s season opener vs. Ridgefield’s Freedom saw a fatigued squad battle mightily throughout before allowing a bevy of late goals resulting in a lopsided 5-1 final. Highlight of the day was provided twelve minutes in when Amelia DiSimone started her attack on the Ridgefield goal from the left sideline at mid-field and after alluding several defenders belted a blistering liner past the stunned Freedom netminder just inside the goalpost to briefly knot the match at one.
Wilton White vs. Wilton Gold
Wilton White “hosted” Wilton Gold at Ambler Farm on Sunday morning. The two teams were well matched. Wilton White’s defense played well with Lamanna, Andjelkovic, Cronin, Kaufold and Peterson leading the way. The midfield was anchored by Spezzano, Hanny and Pepitone. Kaplan was in the goal during the first half and played with confidence. Mobyed had a decent chance early on, helped by a good pass from Lebek. Wilton Gold had a great chance toward the end of the first half but Andjelkovic made a terrific defensive play, saving a sure goal. Umphred was in goal in the second half and started off with a great save. Wilton White had another great chance for Lebek on the pass from Kaplan — but still no goal. Umphred had some wonderful saves and prevented a sure goal on a Wilton Gold breakaway right before the end of the game.
Wilton White starts at tourney
On Saturday, the Wilton White team opened its season with a warm-up tournament in White Plains, N.Y. Wilton played three games in the tournament and finished undefeated.
The first two games, against a squad from White Plains and the Wilton Gold team, ended in 0-0 ties. Offensively in those contests, Mia Pepitone, Molly Kaufold and Morgan Lebek put the heat on the opponents with some great passing and teamwork. On the defensive side, it was the rock-solid efforts from Kathleen Lamanna, Kathryn Cronin, Julia Peterson and Meredith Mobyed that shut down the opponents. And anytime a shot did get through, Wilton’s Taylor Spezzano was there to make the save.
Then, in the final game, against the Green Warriors Academy, the Wilton Blue team finally broke through on the scoreboard with three goals. Katie Umphred got things started with a shot from the top of the box, followed by goals from Bella Andjelkovic and Grace Kaplan that put Wilton comfortably in front. The 3-0 victory ended the tournament on a strong note as Wilton finished the day with one win and two ties.
Wilton Gold strikes gold
The Wilton Gold team brought home the gold medal by going 2-0-1 at a tournament in White Plains, N.Y. In the first game against Green Warriors Academy, Leah Martins and Emily Bukowski scored and Abigail Dolan made a save as goalie in the 2-0 triumph.
Wilton Gold then tied Wilton White, 0-0. Allie Giller, Sydney Reuter and Cate Young led the offense, and Grace Williams was key as goalie.
In the third game against White Plains Orange, Lindsey Grandolfo scored twice and Aki Lasher added a third goal for a 3-0 victory. Lauren Beneventano, Abby Kyle, and Avery Newcomer dominated on defense. Sloan Barker protected the goal to complete the shutout.
Wilton Blue 5, Darien 1
Wilton Blue hit the ground running in the White Plains (N.Y.) Tiger Warm-Up Tournament, placing second and outscoring its opponents 7-1. Wilton held positions and passed the ball at a level that set them apart from their competition.
Wilton then hosted Darien on Sunday and proved its success on Saturday was not a fluke. Olivia Rossi and Amelia Hughes set the tone with two early goals on remarkable looks and passes from Jamie Levanthal and Ellie Coffey. Elli O’Meara exhibited beautiful footwork and gave Darien plenty of trouble from the left wing.
Wilton’s defense played a key role, as Casey Vanderwall, Grace Denious and Erynn Floyd worked like a well-oiled machine to keep Darien on its heels. Keeper Cate Adams was aggressive with any attempts on goal, thwarting a breakaway that could easily have put a goal on the board for Darien.
Abby Morris, Coffey and Floyd took over on offense, with Gwynn Sullivan, Ellie Copley, Rossi, Hughes and Olivia Newfield providing opportunities for them from midfield. Morris made key moves that set her up for a Copley pass that she easily converted to make the score 3-0. O’Meara, who was denied earlier, came back to prove herself with a stellar kick and goal off a feed by Sullivan.
Not even a lost tooth could stop Wilton in the second half. Coffey protected the goal, while Adams, Denious and Floyd, along with Sullivan, Morris and Vanderwall, pressured an astute Darien keeper. Hughes, Copley and Levanthal provided opportunities, and Newfield took advantage and nailed the back of the net to put Wilton up 5-0.
Old Greenwich 2, Wilton Blue 0
Wilton Blue opened its season on a chilly Sunday afternoon at home against a fierce Old Greenwich team. The first half found Wilton primarily on the defensive, with Wyn Brichowski and Jack Cramer pressing back repeated attacks. Ryan Van Heyst broke down plays through the center and moved the ball forward to counter-attack. Wilton succeeded in holding Old Greenwich scoreless at the half. Wilton came out aggressively in the second half, as Reid Etzbach repeatedly sent key passes to Jake Lash, Will Hughes and Adam Brophy to lead the attack. Walker Coyle and Jack Rosen slowed down the Old Greenwich offense, while Sam Rosen leveraged his speed to get downfield and take shots on goal. The highlight of the day was an outstanding goalkeeping performance by William Dahl, who thoroughly frustrated Old Greenwich with more than a dozen saves and a brilliant display of aerial acrobatics, including a fingertip touch to send a well-struck ball just over the crossbar. Dahl’s efforts held Old Greenwich to two goals in the last 15 minutes as darkness set in.
Darien 5, Wilton White 2
Wilton White started its spring campaign with a loss to Darien. Wilton scored first when Josh Grass played a pinpoint through-pass to Nathan Bennett, who didn’t hesitate on the finish. In goal, Brian Curley kept Wilton ahead by tipping a shot over the bar. Eventually, Darien broke through to go up 2-1. After some aggressive work from Chase Autore, Liam Patty and Simon Alexander up front, Bennett evened the score with a left-footed shot from inside the box.
Darien came out strong after the break to go up 4-2, but Wilton didn’t let up. Parker Etzbach and Cole Iannuzzi tormented Darien up both wings and were unlucky not to break through. Max Rothkopf, Rory Hess and Troy Bucciero kept the pressure on Darien with smooth passing from midfield, and Wilton had a goal disallowed on a close offsides call. As Witon pushed forward, Darien counter-attacked for a final goal.
Redding 6, Wilton Gold 1
On Sunday afternoon, Wilton Gold started the spring season with a tough home loss against ERU Redding. Redding jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half, but Wilton battled back with strong passing from Aidan Shannon and Jeremy Lucas to set up shots by Conner Roman, Matthew Koleszar and Esteban Melendez. Wilton came up short but eventually got on the board when Cal Gilchrist scored a goal on a terrific assist from Lucas to cut the lead to 4-1. Wilton goalie Max Greenberg’s six saves kept the game within reach going into halftime.
Wilton played better defensively in the second half, limiting Redding to only two goals. Strong defensive play led by Finn Bergin, Cal Gilchrist, Eli Grass and Davis Wallon, coupled with goalie Koleszar’s 13 saves, kept Redding fighting the entire second half.
Wilton Blue 5, Westport 2
The Wilton Blue team kicked off its spring season with a win against Westport on Sunday evening. Early in the game, a cross by Andrew Zizzadoro resulted in the first score by Parker Woodring. Anchoring the defense were goalie Max Andrews and Owen English, Tyler Casey and Dillon Mannix, as they held Westport to one goal in the first half. Wilton’s second goal came as a result of a cross from Zarius Eusebe to Dylan Koziol for a 2-1 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Wilton got going with aggressive team play and offensive pressure from Conor Lillis, Tyler Moody and Dylan Bender. Zarius took to the goal. A beautiful breakaway by Jack Strickland resulted in Wilton’s third goal. English intercepted a goal kick and took it in for the score to make it 4-1. Late in the game, Westport capitalized on a run to make it 4-2, but Wilton Blue quickly responded when Koziel assisted Moody for a goal to end the scoring.