Wilton travel soccer scoreboard: Oct. 21-22
Wilton Soccer Association teams had the following results in recent action:
Wilton White 2, Weston Blue 1
Grayson O’Donnell scored two goals – including the game-winner late in the second half – and Gaby Torres and Ashley Pencu anchored another sterling defensive performance as Wilton White edged Weston Blue, 2-1, on Sunday in Weston.
Wilton controlled the action throughout, with Gabby Ray initiating the offense and Wilton routinely playing in Weston’s half of the field. Mia Timnev and Harper Crawford both had solid first-half attempts, but the squad went into the break trailing 1-0.
Wilton kept up the pressure in the second half, with O’Donnell netting her first goal early in the half and Abby Philippon, Liesel Schmauch and Lauren Ely pushing forward to put continued pressure on the Weston goalie. Isa and Sofia Rios adeptly patrolled the midfield, keeping Weston on its heels, and late in the game, a drive by Ray drew a handball in the box that O’Donnell converted on the penalty kick to win it.
With the victory, Wilton improved to 5-1 on the season in league play, having allowed just eight goals in the six games.
Wilton Blue 3, Greenwich United 0
Wilton scored the first goal on a shot by Georgia Russnok from near midfield. Wilton persisted with strong offense from Larsen Burke, Gabby Mazzella, Ella Savage, Whitney Hess, Isabel DiNanno, Erin McGovern and Caitlin Allen. Quick and efficient ball movement kept Greenwich on their toes. At the half Wilton held its 1-0 lead.
The second half proved to be just as exciting. A free kick to Wilton, by defensive player Elizabeth Lamond, sent the ball over the players, just barely missing the crossbar for Wilton’s second goal. Powerful play from defense and midfield was provided by Amanda Prather, Mia Lasher and Natalie Cronin. With a beautiful free kick from Grace Duvall, Caitlin Ongley proved to be tenacious and scored the third goal. Reagan VonLoeser, Wilton’s tough goalkeeper, felt a bit lonely as Greenwich made only a few attempts on goal.
Wilton White 2, Norwalk CSC 1
Wilton White played a strong game and showed great teamwork to defeat Norwalk CSC, 2-1, at Merwin Meadows. Wilton was in the lead 2-0 after the first half. The first goal of the game was scored by Hans Greene, and the second one was shot by Rocco Tripodi. Strong offensive play by Hans Greene, Rocco Tripodi and Samrath Dhamoon. Impressive offensive play was turned in by Mason Cilento, Chase Friedman, Jaxon Lin and Holden Reading. They kept pressure on Norwalk, passed the ball nicely and had some close chances of scoring goals. James Ryan and Oscar Wayland did a great job as goalkeepers, and saved some close calls.
Trumbull 4, Wilton Blue 0
Wilton Blue fell to Trumbull on Sunday morning by a score of 4-0. The game was much closer than the score shows, as some unfortunate bounces went against Wilton early. Caio Thakur minded the net in the first half and made several diving saves to keep Wilton in the game. Thakur was also aggressive, running out to scoop up loose balls in the box. Strong defense was seen early with Josh Comiskey controlling the backfield while Jack Mulfinger and Mario Coppola cleared the ball well. Gavin Levenherz had an opportunity to get Wilton on the board before half but his shot sailed just inches over the crossbar.
Wilton came out with energy in the second half, with excellent pressure from Jake Albanese keeping the ball far away from Conor Filip, who took over goaltending duties. Giacomo De Paola established his presence in the midfield, playing both great defense and pushing the ball forward to create opportunities. Sean Kaliski darted around the field and helped create a shot on net by Ryan Vermeulen, who was unable to sneak it past the goalie. Liam Backman showed off his strong foot and physical play throughout the game while also leading the formation of a wall to prevent a close penalty kick opportunity for Trumbull.
Wilton Blue 3, Newtown 0
Wilton Blue earned a well-deserved 3-0 victory over Newtown on Sunday at Merwin Meadows. Crisp passing, team defense and timely goals led to the win. In the first half the backline of Harrison DeStefano and Boden Davi stopped Newtown’s pressure and helped create several scoring chances for Wilton. Greg Bocchino, Michael DiLullo, Peter Braid, Mick Hamilton and Nicholas Marini led Wilton’s offensive attack and Brad Mallory opened the scoring midway through the half with goal off a rebound. Goaltending by Liam Joy helped keep Newtown off the board.
The second half opened with Newtown making several runs at Wilton but spectacular saves by goalkeeper Brendan Morris kept the visitors off the board. Inspired by injured teammate Blake Ongley cheering from the sidelines, Wilton kept pushing and Joy was able to connect for two goals to extend Wilton’s lead midway through the half. Cooper Buchichio joined Destefano on defense in the second half to preserve the victory and shutout for Wilton.
Wilton Gold 1, Greenwich 1
Wilton Gold faced Greenwich Milan on Sunday in a nail-biter. The boys came out ready to play as a united team passing the ball and sending it forward throughout the first half. After an early goal by Greenwich, the team clamped down on defense, led by Reed O’Neill, Noah Levy, Ronan O’Hallaran and Trevor Wisdom. Trevor Galligan prevented Greenwich from getting more goals with some diving saves.
The offense came out strong in the second half. Tyler Jackson helped key a number of offensive runs at midfield along with Samar Rokkam and Milan Petrosyan. Pressure upfront continued to mount, led by Brian Sallese, Bill Stofega and Mason Behar. With only 30 seconds left, Stofega received a pass from Behar and put a shot in over the goalie’s head to tie it. It was an amazing ending to an intense game.
Wilton Blue 3, Darien 1
Wilton Blue defeated Darien in a commanding 3-1 win, helping improve their record to 5-1. The Wilton offense pressured the defenders with Alessandro Ochoa and Andrew Partenza playing striker, while the midfield of Jack Crossen, Matt Demasi, Luke Perna, Finn Burke and Charlie Roy stopped passes from getting through to the goal. Defenders Maddox Backman, Stefano Cross, Jack Vermulen and Jack Barker made Will Soucy’s job in goal a lot easier.
Wilton scored first with an assist by Matt Demasi on a goal by Jack Crossen. Demasi continued to help his team by assisting Alessandro Ochoa to make the score 2-0. Before the half, Darien retaliated from a rebound off a penalty shot to make the score 2-1.
In the second half, the defense continued strong. Luke Perna played a beautiful pass to Alessandro Ochoa, for Ochoa’s second goal of the match to make the score 3-1 and keep Wilton Blue at the top of their league.