Youth soccer: Edkins nets two goals in Wilton Blue win
The following games were recently played by Wilton Soccer Association teams.
Wilton Blue 5, Newtown 2
Wilton Blue notched its second win a row Sunday afternoon. Newtown came out strong, quickly pressuring the defensive line of Dylan Bender, Scotty Mills and Tommy Lowell, along with Robbie Ballentine who was in net for the first half. But Wilton’s Matt Tabet, Christian Marroquin and Luke Barbieri started breaking through the Newtown defense with a series of shots on goal. Michael Cooper then picked up a through ball, outmaneuvered two Newtown defenders, and scored.
Newtown quickly responded, managing to loft a shot over Ballentine and into the corner of the net after a series of excellent saves by the Wilton keeper.
Ross Edkins netted a second goal for Wilton on a pass from Cooper, making the score 2-1. For the last 15 minutes of the first half, Wilton’s Tyler Moody and Jack Dodman were fierce in turning back every Newtown attempt to cross midfield, and enabling Cooper and Edkins to again press downfield, with Edkins scoring his second goal just before the half.
Scotty Mills took over in goal for the second half, while Ballentine joined the defensive line. Newtown was looking to make up ground and forced two successive corners in the first five minutes, managing to score on the second one and making it 3-2. Wilton seemed to sense the pressure, and Ryan Leung and Tabet began to run away with the ball on the left and right sides of the field. With Barbieri and Marroquin frustrating Newtown defenders in the center of the pitch, Matt Tully was able to press the attack and score on a pass from Moody, giving Wilton Blue a two-goal lead.
Newtown began challenging the Wilton defenders, but center back Tommy Lowell kept the back line in shape, with Bender and Ballentine helping turn back several well-timed attacks and forcing a couple of offsides calls against Newtown. Amir Sabovic executed some nice steals in midfield and helped feed one final surge by the Wilton Blue attackers. After watching several of his earlier attempts go high, Moody spotted an opportunity in the box, and rolled a shot just past the Newtown keeper for the final goal.
Tie, win for Wilton White
Wilton White team had a busy weekend, tying Fairfield on Saturday and defeating Trumbull on Sunday. On Saturday, the team was led by the stellar defense of Tucker Farrell, Finn Kaeyer and Declan Brokaw, as well as the stingy goaltending of Matthew Stepnowsky and Andres Deidan. A nice goal from Dylan McMenamey kept the game close before a late goal from Andrew Ryan tied the game at 2-2, which would be the final score.
On Sunday, Wilton got off to a fast start behind goals from Griffin Palmer and Blake Bakken. But Trumbull would not go easily and battled back. Playing staunch defense for Wilton was Thomas Wilkinson in front of the always superb goaltending of Francesco Tomas. A beautiful goal from Stepnowsky, who was excellent on both ends of the field, kept the lead for Wilton, but the team needed a final goal from Jason Miller to ice the 4-3 victory.
Ridgefield 4, Wilton Gold 2
Ridgefield scored first in the opening half off loose play following a penalty kick. Wright played strong in goal for Wilton in the first half, saving a goal on a solo attack and allowing just that one shot into the net. Greene assisted Zappaterrini for Wilton’s only goal in the first half and the score was tied at the break. Elliott Stalls took over in goal and faced a determined Ridgefield attack. Wilton then scored with Max Li putting it in the net following a deflection of Marcos Flaim’s penalty kick. Wilton's lead didn't last long as Ridgefield immediately countered, scoring three straight goals to seal the deal at 4-2. Active and persistent defense was played by Reznik, Tournas and Greene in the second half, with aggressive ball handling on the attack by Zappaterrini and Li. The always hustling Silins, Suneja and O'Halloran fought hard, fast and smart to round out this competitive game.
Victory, tie for Wilton Blue
A hard-fought game on Saturday versus Newtown resulted in a 3-2 win for Wilton. Cole van den Heuvel netted a powerful goal in the first 10 minutes. Strong defense by Luka Andjelkovic, Jamie Whittaker, Cameron Royle and Declan Zadourian kept Newtown in check, while Addison Bergin, van den Heuvel, Wyatt Jones, Henry Roy, Andjelkovic, Luke Umphred, and Luke Ginsburg kept the pressure on. A super cross by Griffin Casey was converted into the third goal by Jamie Whittaker. Charlie Clune and Royle were fine goalkeepers for Blue.
On Sunday, an intense game versus Stamford resulted in a 3-3 tie. A pristine assist by van den Heuvel was converted into Wilton’s first goal by Bergin. A second goal by Bergin was followed by super teamwork when Jones crossed to Bergin, who crossed to van den Heuvel, who found the back of the net.
Stamford 5, Wilton 1
Stamford got off to a quick start by scoring two goals in the first few minutes. Kaitlin Gilchrist did a great job getting the ball back down field for the Wilton offense to attack. Hannah Fitzgerald made some great passes on attack and worked well with Molly Alger and Mariana Lombardi to pressure Stamford, which led 3-0 at halftime.
A strong second-half defensive effort from Natalia Schlesinger, Georgia Russnok and Meghan Wood kept the game close. Mia Lasher had a strong shot on goal, but the Stamford goalie made the stop. Good teamwork between Maddie Ratcliffe and Samantha Miims helped Wilton put the pressure on, with a nice goal by Molly Alger making the score 4-1 before Stamford added one more goal.
Wilton Gold 3, Fairfield 1
Wilton Gold remained the only undefeated team in its division. Wilton maintained possession through the majority of the game and displayed spirited team play across the field. A series of moves by Julianne Ursitti, Anya Iyer, Caitlin Allen, Natalie Cronin, and Ella Savage resulted in two beautiful set-ups that were converted for goals by Sawyer Pendergast in the first half.
A similar display of skill in the second half by Jemma Bear, Isabella Schmitt, Morgan Felipe and Mary Scally resulted in an excellent set-up that was converted by Caitlin Ongley. The Wilton goal was like a wall, courtesy Taylor Felipe in the first half and Grace Duvall in the second.
Wilton Blue 3, Westport 0
The first half began with strong play on the offensive end by Olivia Mannino, Isabel DiNanno, Charlotte Casiraghi and Kiana Gow, along with forceful defensive play by Heather Plowright, Larsen Burke and Mia Cawley, with Kelly Holmgren in goal. Wilton scored on a shot by Cawley, which ignited multiple shots by Jill Roberts, Emerson Pattillo, Molly Snow, DiNanno, and Plowright, as well as nice defensive takeaways by Anna Joy, Casiraghi, Whitney Hess and Olivia Mannino.
In the second half, Wilton displayed excellent pressure and ball control. An unbelievable corner kick by Plowright went into the goal and gave Wilton a 2-0 lead. On defense, Burke, Gow, Holmgren and goalie Casiraghi were impenetrable. Roberts thwarted a final attempt by Westport to score, and Plowright finished the game with her third goal for Wilton.
Wilton White 4, Westport 3
The first half ended with Wilton leading 3-2 on goals by Kaitlyn Sullivan (two) and Lauren Moe. Mary Kate Doyle and Riley Fitzgerald stood strong as goalies. Wilton’s defense was a force to be reckoned with as Jenna Peterson, Addison Dobson, Caroline Luce and Sasha Langholm quickly intercepted advances, reversing play and sending the ball upfield. Ella Breitenbach, Sadie Klyver and Madeline Dineen were quick on offense, advancing play with great passing and many shots on goal. Dobson closed the game as goalie, and another goal by Fitzgerald sealed Wilton’s win.
Wilton Gold 5, New Canaan 1
Catherine Walsh started the game in goal with strong support from defenders Sophia O’Neill, Caroline Hage, Eliza Patty and Karolina Bukowski. Wilton constantly pressed with outstanding midfield play from Melissa Ongley, Megan Dodman and Madeline O’Neill. Maddie Phelan scored the first goal for Wilton after an impressive breakaway. Several minutes later, Madison Gillespie found the back of the net for Gold, which led 2-1 at the half.
In the second half, Wilton dominated play completely, creating numerous opportunities. Gigi McWhorter scored twice for Gold and Phelan added a goal on a long, powerful shot.
Wilton White 6, Bethel 0
Abigail Schmitt started the game in goal for Wilton, which came out with strong offense in the first half from strikers Sophie Fitzgerald, Grace Costa, Chloe Flatt and Julia Munrow, and midfielders Grace Ratcliffe, Ellie Drew and Annalise Lamanna. Munrow scored the first goal for Wilton with an assist from Fitzgerald. Elizabeth Crocitto had a hard shot on goal that was partially blocked by the Bethel goalie, but Fitzgerald took advantage of the rebound, putting Wilton up 2-0. An aggressive defense led by Kate Lane and Izzy Wilkinson kept Bethel scoreless in the first half.
In the second half Lane had a number of saves for Wilton in goal. Some fancy footwork by Lamanna resulted in three straight goals. Aggressive play by Ratcliffe, Flatt, Drew and Abigial Schmitt in the second half secured the shutout. Costa scored the final goal for White.