Wilton travel soccer scoreboard: Oct. 14-15
Wilton Soccer Association teams had the following results from action on Oct. 14-15:
Wilton White 1, Westport White 0
The defense was again dominant and Grayson O’Donnell scored the deciding goal in the opening minutes of the second half as Wilton Girls U9 White defeated Westport White, 1-0, Sunday at Merwin Meadows.
Wilton controlled the action from the outset, putting continual pressure on the Westport defense. Harper Crawford hit the post on a first-half strike and Gabby Ray just missed on a nifty shot from the corner in the second. Abby Philippon also had a number of quality attempts, and Mia Timnev and Lauren Ely made a number of runs to put pressure on Westport throughout.
On defense, Wilton did not allow a shot on goal. Gaby Torres and Ashley Pencu were impenetrable on the back line, with midfielders Isa and Sofia Rios routinely turning the ball back upfield. And the few balls that leaked through were quickly jumped on by goalie Liesel Schmauch.
With the victory, Wilton White improved to 4-1 in league play on the season. The team has allowed just seven goals in five league games, pitching shutouts in both its home contests.
Wilton U-9 (2010) 1, Trumbull 1
The Wilton girls played a strong game where they showed great teamwork that resulted in a 1:1 tie against Trumbull.
In the first half, the offensive and midfield players Jacquelyn Coppola, Katerina Cross, Ria Kurien, Julie DeStefano, Olivia Edwards, Audrey Burton and Abigail Deane kept the pressure on Trumbull’s defense. They were passing the ball nicely and almost had some close chances of scoring goals. Harper Pattillo, Savannah Quick and Brynn Grosso played great defense, keeping the ball out of the scoring range and moving the ball up to the offense. Emma Rodrigues did a great job as goalkeeper, saving some close calls against the strong Trumbull drives.
In the second half, Wilton team came out strong and determined. Nice ball movement and passing by Brynn Grosso, Harper Pattillo, Abigail Deane and Olivia Edwards kept pushing the ball into Trumbull territory, which gave an opportunity for Jacquelyn Coppola to score a goal with an assist by Savannah Quick. The strong defensive play by Juliet DeStefano, Katerina Cross, Emma Rodrigues, Ria Kurien and great goalkeeping by Audrey Burton prevented Trumbull team from scoring.
Wilton Blue 2, Shelton 0
In a close, hard-fought game, Wilton Blue eventually pulled out a 2-0 win over Shelton with two second-half goals. Throughout the first half each team had numerous scoring attempts that included missed shots on open nets, point-blank shots turned aside, and breakaways that were stymied by the goalkeepers. Wilton’s goalkeeper Sadie Sherman aggressively controlled the ball in the box, shutting down Shelton scoring opportunities with strong defensive support from Clara Fielden, Victoria Jankowski and Sophia Solomon. At the opposite end of the field, Shelton’s goalie was repeatedly tested with shots by Alexandra Jankowski, Maddie Rayment, Ally Phelan, Kate Wickersham and Audrey Lepore. Despite the onslaught of shots the first half closed as a scoreless tie.
Midway through the second half Wilton’s hard-charging offense paid off as Casey O’Connor found the back of the net with Andie Langeland assisting on the play. Minutes later, with time running out, Shelton’s defense drew a pushing penalty that led to Maddie Rayment’s penalty-kick goal that sealed the victory. Wilton’s second-half keeper Ally Phelan nailed down the shutout with some stellar goaltending.
Wilton Gold 4, Greenwich 3
Another gorgeous fall day set the stage for a match between Wilton Gold against Greenwich. Shortly following kickoff, there was an early chance by Trisha Prabhu and Preethi Vijay with some good back-and-forth midfield passing. Greenwich responded with opportunities of their own, where Arden Hamilton as goalie was able to clear the danger away. Greenwich opened the scoring. Soon after, Meredith Schwartz shot just wide of the left post, followed by another shot by Trisha Prabhu from well out, which was saved by the Greenwich keeper. Anna Reiter showed her offensive skills in dribbling the ball up the field. Trisha Prabhu placed a shot which was saved by the goalie, but Preethi Vijay corralled the rebound, tying the score 1-1, right at the stroke of halftime.
The second half opened up with a shot by Greenwich off the post and into the hands of the goalie, Clara Lilly. Then Greenwich collected a clearance attempt and slotted home for a 2-1 lead. After much back-and-forth play, Lilah Crispino got a breakaway but the shot deflected off the goalie, so she collected the rebound to make the score 2-2. Later, there was a Wilton throw-in on the right side to Arden Hamilton. She neatly crossed the ball to Sofia Anello, who then struck it into the back of the net, making the score 3-2 Wilton. There were a couple of near misses by Greenwich, with strong defensive skills shown by Emma Hendricks. Wilton counterattacked and Arden Hamilton shot against the keeper with a save, and a rebound to Alexandra Furman who tucked it into the goal, making the score 4-2.
In the final minutes of the game, the pressure built, tensions rose. Greenwich was rewarded with a goal, making it 4-3. There was one more chance in the final minute of the game for Greenwich to tie the score, but it was beautifully cleared off the line by Ava Ray.
Wilton Blue 5, Newtown Gold 0
Inspired by their teammate Mary Kate Doyle on crutches, Wilton Blue hosted Newtown Gold and came away with a 5-0 victory. A beautiful pass from Virginia McWhorter led to an Abbie Petrie early goal. Emmy Baer won a foot race with a burst of speed and made it 2-0. Lauren Moe and Mia Robustelli each added a goal for a 4-0 halftime score. Remi Morello, Caroline Hage and Teagan Stengrim all had nice shots on goal in the second half.
Wilton’s strong defense was led by Molly Kaeyer and Jenna Peterson. Although Newtown applied more offensive pressure in the second half, Sadie Klyver’s tough play in goal kept Newtown off the board. Macy Tiche’s great shot from distance closed the scoring.
Wilton Blue 6, Monroe 1
Wilton Blue came out determined in the first half with strong play on the forward line by Larsen Burke, Gabby Mazzella and Whitney Hess and incredible defense by Amanda Prather, Elizabeth Lamond and stopper Miya Lasher. In the first half, Hess had a hat trick, Erin McGovern had an amazing goal from outside the box, and Caitlyn Ongley had a perfect pass to Burke for a goal. Great goalkeeping by Regan Von Loeser kept Monroe shut out in the first half.
As the second half began, Wilton dominated with superb passing by Grace Duvall, Natalie Cronin, Georgia Russnok and Caitlin Allen. Wilton did not stop pressuring the ball, resulting in numerous shots on goal by Lamond, Russnok, Mazzella, Prather and Savage. Ella Savage finished the game off strong by scoring a beautiful shot from the left side.
Norwalk 7, Wilton Blue 2
Wilton Blue played on the road against Norwalk, which brought intense action in the first half. Cooper Bochichio, in the goal for Wilton, had to shut down multiple scoring attempts by Norwalk. Strong defensive play by Harrison Destefano, Nicholas Marini and Liam Joy kept them on their toes against the Norwalk offense. Good passing by Brendan Morris, Mick Hamilton, Peter Braid and Boden Davi led to a handful of shots on goal. Great hustle and teamwork by Michael DiLullo, Greg Bocchino and Brad Mallory helped create more attempts on goal.
The Norwalk defense was strong and Wilton stepped it up in the second half to create more opportunities, while Harrison defended the Wilton goal. A long direct kick by Liam Joy found the back of the net for Wilton’s first goal. Shortly after, Joy scored Wilton’s second goal before the end of the game.
Wilton Gold 2, Trumbull 1
Wilton Gold continued its undefeated winning streak, beating Fairfield with a score of 2-1. The first goal of the game was scored by Philip Jeschke and the second goal was shot by Harry Tao. Impressive goalkeeping was done by Jeff Fox with strong clears by Hugo Dall, Tristen Albright and Gavin Toohill. Impressive offense by Luke Adams and Carter Burkhart and great defense by Daniel Hickey and Ryan O’Grady rounded out another well-played, teamwork-driven game.
Ridgefield 3, Wilton Blue 2
Despite suffering its first loss of the season at the hands Ridgefield 3-2, Wilton Blue maintained its hold on first place in the top division of CJSA’s Southwest District.
Wilton was kept in the game all day by the superb play of goalie Will Soucy, who deflected shot after shot. If not for his effort in goal, the game would have been lost very early on. Wilton was led on offense by Jack Crossen and Alessandro Ochoa, with strong support up top from Charlie Roy, Amit Solomon, Luke Perna and Andrew Partenza all providing good ball movement and assisting in scoring.
Defensively, Wilton’s core defenders Stefano Cross, Maddox Backman, Jack Barker and Jack Vermuelen held the Ridgefield attack back for a good portion of the game as their offense battled back. Once again, Wilton was led in the middle of the field by their captain Finn Burke, who provided superb transition play during the course of the game, and by their versatile and unselfish teammate Matt Demasi, who rotated from offense to defense to offense throughout the game when needed.
Wilton looks to get back to their winning ways next week when it takes on Darien Blue.
Trumbull 3, Wilton Gold 2
Wilton Gold put up a tough fight against a strong Trumbull team on Sunday. Despite a relentless, team-wide effort in which Wilton Gold controlled the ball for most of the second half, the home team lost 3-2.
Wilton started out quickly with a goal from Tyler Jackson and scored again in the second half from a strong kick from Mason Behar. Trevor Galligan had a terrific game with many saves as goalie and was supported by the strong defense of Trevor Wisdom, Noah Levy, Dominick Cilento, and Ronan O’Halloran. Offense pressure and control of the ball was led by Bill Stofega, Mason Behar, Warren Hamilton, Tyler Jackson, Brian Sallese, Reed O’Neill and Milan Petrosyan.