Wilton travel soccer scoreboard: Nov. 11-12
Wilton Soccer Association teams had the following results in recent travel soccer from Nov. 11-12:
Wilton White 3, Trumbull 0
New Canaan 1, Wilton White 0
The Wilton U9 Girls White squad wrapped up a stellar fall this past weekend by splitting their final two games: a 3-0 victory over Trumbull and a 1-0 setback to New Canaan.
Wilton U9 White picked up its weekend win on Saturday, with Mia Timnev, Harper Crawford and
Grayson O’Donnell all netting goals in a dominating victory. The team received solid play up front from Lauren Ely and a strong push in the midfield from Sofia Rios in the win.
The defense, which allowed just three goals in the team’s last six league games, was stellar against Trumbull and stepped up again Sunday against New Canaan. Gaby Torres and Ashley Pencu repeatedly thwarted the offensive attack, and goalkeeper Liesel Schmauch came up with big saves in both games.
Paced by Gabby Ray, Wilton controlled the action throughout much of the game against New Canaan, with Isa Rios making a number of runs on offense, but the team’s repeated attempts just missed the mark.
Wilton White finished the season with an impressive 7-2 record in league play.
Wilton Blue 1, Fairfield USA 0
On the frozen fields of Merwin Meadows on Sunday, November 12, Wilton Blue reached a hard-fought tie with their counterparts from Fairfield. The game was a back and forth battle for the midfield in the last game of the fall season. Solid goalkeeping of Casey O’Connor and Clara Fielden with the support of the stolid defensive backfield of Allison Phelan and Sofia Solomon stymied any offensive threats from Fairfield throughout the game. The ball-handling skills of Ola and Victoria Jankowski with the help from the wings, Sadie Sherman, Kate Wickersham and Maddie Rayment resulting in several scoring opportunities that were only thwarted by excellent goalkeeping by the Fairfield side. Audrey Lepore and Andie Landeland battled their oversized counterparts in the midfield and nearly converted a number of opportunities with timely challenges and excellent passing. In a well-played game from both sides, the 0-0 tie represents the result of a solid foundation for the team to build upon when the spring season resumes in 2018.
Wilton U9 (2010) 1, Old Greenwich 1
The Wilton U9 (2010) team finished the season with a 1-1 tie to Old Greenwich last Sunday. Wilton dominated most of the game but Old Greenwich scored early in the second half. Highlights were strong goaltending by Audrey Burton, Jacquelyn Coppola, Savannah Quick and Olivia Edwards, and fancy footwork through the midfield and defense by Harper Pattillo, Ria Kurien and Brynn Grosso. Katerina Cross and Juliet DeStefano held the front line. DeStefano closed out the game with an impressive goal late in the second half to tie.
Wilton White 2, Westport White 1
It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Ambler field as Wilton White played Westport White in a South West District C Division championship rematch of two divisional powerhouses.
Once again Wilton’s ‘steel curtain’ defense of Grace Biondo, Julia Steenbock, Caroline Luce and Charlotte Stapkowski shut down Westport’s scoring chances throughout the match. When Westport did break through the line, Maddie Phelan’s goaltending was exceptional. Wilton had several chances but both teams went into the half tied at zero.
At the start of the second half, Wilton came out strong with an early breakaway goal by Ella Breitenbach via an assist by Sienna Magazino. Wilton continued to provide relentless pressure, dominating the midfield with aggressive play by Sara Fernandes, Brooke Uleha and Maddy Gillespie. After a highly questionable handball, Westport scored via a penalty kick.
Tied at 1-1, Wilton’s front line of Melissa Ongly and Caitlyn O’Grady pressed the Westport defense with several scoring chances. After a tremendous punt by goalie Megan Dodman, Wilton’s midfield and offense came alive, with beautiful passing resulting in another goal by Ella Breitenbach.
At the end of the second half it was all Wilton shutting down Westport’s chances, resulting in the Wilton White going undefeated (8-0-2) and winning the division. It capped off an outstanding fall season as the team scored 30 goals and only allowed 11
Darien Blue 5, Wilton Blue 1
Wilton Blue fell to Darien 5-1 on Sunday. The first half was tough for Wilton, even with Liam Backman, Gavin Levenherz, Jacob Albanese, Mario Coppola’s great possessions and challenges. However, Darien kept the pressure on, ending the first half with a 4-0 lead, despite the serious efforts by Sean Kaliski in goal.
In the second half, Wilton built up serious momentum and dominated possession. Great hustle by Jack Mulfinger, Giacomo De Paola, Conor Filip, Josh Comiskey, and strong work by goalie Ryan Vermulen, contained Darien to a single goal. After being fouled, Caio Thakur converted the penalty kick, putting Wilton on the board.
Wilton White 2, Danbury 2
Wilton White wrapped up their season on the road against Danbury on Sunday afternoon. In a well-matched game, the Wilton team came out strong in the first half with Sam Dhamoon, Holden Reading and Chase Friedman keeping the offensive pressure on Danbury. James Ryan, Mason Cilento and Matthew Fogarty applied great defensive challenges to the opposing offense. Jack Hamilton beat the goalie to put Wilton up, and Rocco Tripodi added another goal following a broken clear. Oscar Wayland had a couple nice one-on- one stops in goal, conceding one goal to finish the half with Wilton up 2-1.
The second half started much the same way, with a solid defensive effort by Wilton. Jaxon Lin had some timely clears and Hans Greene kept the pressure on the Danbury goalie with a couple of nice shots. An off-sides call negated a goal by Wayland, and James Ryan had a number of stops in goal to maintain a one-goal lead for most of the half. Danbury tied the game with a couple minutes left on a broken clear, resulting in a 2-2 tie.
Darien Blue 5, Wilton Blue 2
Wilton Blue finished the fall season with a doubleheader against Darien on Sunday.
In the first game, Darien put the pressure on early, keeping play in the Wilton end for almost the entire first half. Defensive play from Boden Davi, Mick Hamilton and Greg Bocchino helped to keep Darien from capitalizing on early opportunities before Harrison DeStefano scored off a beautiful assist from Nicki Marini. Unfortunately, Darien answered back with four goals to end the first half at 1-4. Big saves by Peter Braid in both halves kept the score from being even more lopsided. Wilton fared better the second half. Aggressive play from Cooper Buchichio, Blake Ongley, Brenden Morris and Michael DiLullo kept the ball in the opponent’s end more. Liam Joy scored a late goal, as did Darien, leaving the final score at 5-2.
Darien Blue 5, Wilton Blue 3
The second game was more evenly matched with multiple scoring chances for both teams. Boden Davi and Mick Hamilton played hard on defense and Greg Bocchino made important saves to keep the score tight. Scoring went back and forth between the teams throughout most of the game. Cooper Buchichio and Nicki Marino were instrumental in breaking the ball the out of the Wilton end and Michael DiLullo and Blake Ongley kept the pressure on Darien. Liam Joy scored first for Wilton. Brendan Morris drove the ball past the Darien goalie on a rebound off Peter's Braid shot for the second goal. Harrison DeStefano kicked one over the Darien goalkeeper to tie the game at 3-3. Two late goals by Darien made the final score 5-3.
Westport Blue 3, Wilton Blue 1
Wilton Blue team closed out a fantastic fall campaign with a hard-fought battle against local rival Westport in the South West District A Division semifinals. The team had battled its way into Saturday’s playoff by securing a gutsy 1-1 tie on the road against top-seeded Bethel the weekend before.
Against Westport, Wilton unfortunately came out on the wrong side of a 3-1 score as fast turf and bitter cold weather made for challenging conditions, but also an exciting up-and-back game.
The first half began with both teams searching for openings. Westport found first blood on a penalty kick. Wilton goalie Will Soucy blocked the shot and nearly thwarted the attempt, but unfortunately it bounced just out of reach and into the net. Soucy made many great saves throughout the match, as he had all season long. Between him and his defense, Wilton recorded among the lowest goals against averages in the league this season.
Down 1-0, Wilton showed its usual heart and resilience by bouncing back quickly. The Blues put Westport under some heavy pressure. A neat combination between Wilton playmakers Jack Crossen and Matt DeMasi lead to a penetrating through ball that Andrew Partenza ran down and deposited in the far corner of the net to knot the game at one.
In the second half, Wilton’s stalwart defenders Stef Cross, Jack Barker and Maddox Backman kept Westport at bay and continuously pushed balls back into their midfielders. Finn Burke, Jack Vermeulen and Luke Perna battled fiercely for possession and were able to launch numerous attacks into Westport’s defensive end. A tenacious Alessandro Ochoa put the defense on their back foot with run after run, helping Wilton to gain an advantage that nearly resulted in more than a few goals.
Despite the sustained pressure by Wilton, Westport found a way to break the tie midway into the second session, and then added another goal late as Wilton was desperately pushing numbers forward in the search for the equalizer. Amit Solomon and Charlie Roy were missed in the last match, but were big contributors to the team’s success this season
The season concluded with Wilton Blue accumulating 10 wins against some of the region’s most formidable competition. They finished near the top of the league tables, just a few points out of the top spot, which they held until a wild final weekend of league matches.
Wilton Gold 2, New Canaan White 1
Wilton Gold entered the South West District C Division tournament as the third seed in the single elimination tournament.
Its semifinal match-up last Saturday in Stamford was against the second seed, New Canaan White, who tied the Warriors in the regular season. In the first half New Canaan struck first off a PK rebound which Warrior goalie Trevor Galligan initially saved in impressive fashion. Wilton didn't waste much time in equaling the score off a set piece finished by Bill Stofega off a cross from Tyler Jackson.
The second half proved to be a defensive battle with Noah Levy, Dominick Cilento, Ronan O'Halloran and Trevor Wisdom not allowing many opportunities and Galligan making some nice stops. The defensive corps got stronger and stronger as the season progressed anchored by those four players along with Reed O’Neill (nor available for tournament due to illness) and they played stellar defense throughout the tournament.
Wilton manufactured some good opportunities in the second led by Mason Behar, Warren Hamilton, Stofega, Jackson, Samar Rokkam, Brian Sallese and Milan Petrosyan, but wasn't able to score, which lead to overtime.
Wilton then scored the game winner in the middle of the first overtime on a quick strike by Mason Behar. The defense held strong in the second OT and the offense put pressure on the New Canaan goalie on runs by Hamilton and Behar. The game ended with a score of 2-1, sending Wilton to the finals.
Wilton Gold 0, Westport Gold 0
The division championship game against undefeated Westport Gold took place on Sunday and proved to be a true defensive battle. Wilton had several nice runs which were stopped by some strong goalkeeping by Westport. Galligan made a remarkable diving save late in the first half to keep Westport off the scoreboard.
The second half continued the back-and-forth affair which ended in a 0-0 tie and a co-championship for the Warriors.
Wilton Blue 3, Easton-Redding 0
Wilton Blue 3, Stamford Gold 2
Wilton Blue team had a great regular season, ending the season undefeated at 7-0-1, and added two playoff wins last weekend to win the South West District C Division championship.
On a cold Saturday semifinal, Wilton defeated fourth-seeded Easton-Redding United, 3-0.
Wilton was looking forward to a rematch against the second-seeded Stamford Hurricanes Gold, who Wilton beat 5-2 earlier in the season.
On Sunday, Wilton started strong. Gavin Lowne scored on a corner kick in the first four minutes. The Wilton offense of Wyatt Jones, Lucas Rodrigues, Gavin Lepore, Luke Yerrall and Peter Grandolfo kept the ball in Stamford’s side of the pitch for most of the first half. Wilton’s midfield of Jonathan Yerrall, Gavin Lowne, Luka Andjelkovic and Zachary Yuschuk was a solid wall. Anything that got past was easily dispatched by the defensive team of Declan Brokaw, Jason Miller, Aidan McCarthy, Liam Pearsall, Aaron Leinberger and Mark Pirro. However, Wilton struggled to get the ball into the net and the first half ended with Wilton up 1-0.
Stamford came out strong in the second half. Wilton goalie Brendan Morrissy made a diving save on a penalty kick halfway through the second half. Wilton was getting tired and with 10 minutes left in the game, Stamford was able to convert a corner kick to a goal. Three minutes later, Stamford put another one into the net.
Wilton pressured Stamford relentlessly in the last five minutes, and Peter Grandolfo crossed the ball down by Stamford’s goal, which was deflected by a Stamford defender into their own net. Three minutes later, after a few other missed opportunities, Peter Grandolfo took a shot from 30 yards away into the Stamford goal.
Stamford did not give up and drew a foul. On the kick, Stamford had a well-placed shot and Wilton's goalie managed to stop the ball. Wilton players booted the ball downfield to end the game