Youth soccer: U-13 boys advance in CT Cup
Wilton Soccer Association teams had the following results in recent action:
Wilton Blue 8, New Canaan Black 0
Wilton Blue won its first CT Cup game against New Canaan Black. Fiona Gibbons, Addison Patillo, Alexa Furst and Kaitlyn Zizzadoro came out strong in the first half, with goals being scored by Zizzadoro and Patillo. The streak continued with an assist by Isabelle Barbieri to Riley Fitzgerald. With Brook Aleksiejczyk in goal and Morgan Barbieri, Cosette Lepore, Molly Kaeyer and Isabelle Breakey playing defense, New Canaan couldn’t break through. The scoring went on with assists by Kaitlyn Sullivan to Jane Hughes, as well as Aleksiejczyk. Guest player Addison Dobson played goalie in the second half. The girls continued to do well with goals by Barbieri, Fitzgerald and Patillo for a final score of 8-0.
The successful weekend continued on Sunday with a 3-1 win against Old Greenwich.
Westport 4, Wilton Blue 2
Wilton Blue played a tough match against a strong Westport team on Sept. 18 at Ambler Farm. Wilton’s goalie Arden Taubin was peppered with shots from Westport in the first half and made some great saves. Kerry Dodman, Ella Loughran, Schuyler Groves and Keira Rafferty kept the pressure on in Westport with nice passing and shooting. Westport went up 2-0 before Charlotte Mannix put one in the back of the net just before halftime. Rose Bilella, Lilliana Todd and Kelly Mancuso played tough defense, holding Westport to two goals in the second half. Rose Mallory scored off a beautiful corner kick sent in by Maia Andjelkovic.
Wilton White 4, Fairfield 2
Wilton White remained unbeaten after traveling to Fairfield and coming away with a 4-2 victory. Julia Munrow opened the scoring midway through the first half, and fellow forward Grace Ratcliffe powered home a shot a few minutes later. Mia Sommer finished her stint in goal with a clean sheet and the half ended with the score 2-0. Midfielders Ellie Drew, Caroline Cronin, Abby Phelan and Ashley O’Donnell kept the heat on in the second half, with Drew threading a pass that Munrow powered home early on and Cronin cashing in with a goal of her own to make the score 4-0. Stalwart defending from Chloe Flatt, Elizabeth Crocitto, Quincey Burke and Sophia Partola nearly resulted in a shutout but Fairfield managed to get on the board with a pair of goals shortly before the horn blew.
Wilton Blue 7, Westport 3
Wilton Blue displayed dominance and determination against Westport on Sunday. Grace Costa set the tone by scoring within the first few minutes of the game and later made another fantastic goal. Kate Lane and Olivia Koziol showed relentless offensive skill and both put the ball in back of the net, while Riley Casey demonstrated remarkable speed and also scored a great goal. Maddie Peppitone showed strong defensive and offensive skills, while Giuliana Scaturchio kept a clean net in the first half and scored a late-game goal on a penalty kick. Kate Johnson showed incredible skill and speed throughout the first half and was just as impressive as goalie in the second. Annalise Lamanna and Mae Sylvester showed tenacious defensive skills, while Paige Leung kept on the pressure with great ball control. Lia Lombardi was always on the attack, demonstrating consistent offensive pressure. Abbey Byrnes played an amazing game while ensuring another goal for her team.
Westport White 3, Wilton Gold 2
Wilton Gold came up one goal short against Westport Sunday evening . Wilton had a strong first half, making two goals in the first 10 minutes. Mia Robustelli’s great ball-handling skills made a great pass to striker Anisa Burrows, whose ‘super woman’ speed and tenacity outran her opponents to blast in the first shot. Within less than a few minutes, Macy Tiche’s great footwork pushed the ball toward Burrows for goal number two.
The tenacious defense of Grace Biondo, Macy Tiche and Caroline Luce disallowed the Westport Team from scoring most of the first half. However, just before half time, Westport tied the game. Madison Gillespie, Caitlyn O’Grady and Madeline Phelan continuously pressured the Westport White defense with three strong goal attempts. Megan Dodman and Julia Steenbock were both aggressive, battling Westport for every ball possession. Goalie Abigail Schmitt was a force to reckon with multiple saves. Both teams battled back and forth, however, five minutes before the second half was over, Westport White scored.
Wilton Blue 3, Weston 0
Wilton Blue registered a 3-0 victory in workman-like manner over a talented Weston team. The first goal of the game was notched by Isabel DiNanno’s passing strike. The Lady Warriors’ relentless first-half attack was led by Whitney Hess, Anya Iyer, Miya Lasher and Olivia Mannino, with Hannah Fitzgerald stonewalling Weston ’twixt the pipes. Mary Scally put Wilton up 2-0 with a deft shot past Weston’s keeper. On defense at times, Charlotte Casiraghi, Kelly Holmgren, Siena McDermott and Amanda Prather kept Weston off Wilton’s side of the pitch. Strong second half play by Larsen Burke, Grace Duvall, Caitlin Ongley, Georgia Russnok and Ella Savage assured that Wilton remained on top. The third and final tally of the day was provided by Morgan Felipe’s boot as Wilton went up 3-0. Natalie Cronin preserved the shutout with truly inspired goaltending.
Wilton White 1, New Canaan White 1
Wilton White played the New Canaan White team to a 1-1 draw on Sunday. After surrendering a goal early in the first half, the boys locked down on the defensive end and shut out the home team the rest of the way. Jack McMenamey and Peter Braid helped control possession in the first half from the midfield. Anthony Palumbo and Wyatt Lee added pace on the offensive end and created some good scoring looks. Mick Hamilton was effective in the sweeper role and helped initiate the attack. Robbie Baronowski had a strong first half as goalkeeper and turned away some big shots from New Canaan, leaving Wilton down 1-0 at halftime.
The boys came out with some inspired play in the second half and broke through with a tally from Michael DiLullo. Jack Cunningham played goalkeeper in the second half and made several stops from point-blank range to keep the score knotted at one. Greg Bocchino had some promising runs that resulted in scoring chances and well-earned corner kicks. Dalton Lee and Bar Eisdorfer played strong on the back line and helped maintain possession and constant pressure in the New Canaan end.
Wilton Blue 5, Greenwich 1
Consistent pressure, timely passing, and stingy defense help Wilton Blue team beat the Greenwich Spurs on Sunday afternoon. Wilton controlled most of the action in the first half as Jake Padilla led the offensive attack, helping to set up James Dineen for Wilton’s first of five goals on the day. Brad Mallory and Eamonn Zadourian added first half goals and Wilton led 3-1 at the break.
In the second half, Wilton’s defense — anchored by Goalie Cooper Buchichio, Harrison DeStefano, Nicholas Marini, and Blake Ongley — kept Greenwich scoreless. Liam Joy, who had several shots on goal, was able to break through Greenwich’s excellent goaltending to score a key second-half goal. Brendan Morris contributed all day with impressive tackles and added the last goal of the day.
Wilton Blue 4, Old Greenwich 2
Wilton Blue earned a hard-fought 4-2 win over Old Greenwich White on Sunday. The scoring started on nice one-touch goal by Amit Solomon on a cross from Stefano Cross. Cross notched the second goal of the game on a beautiful midfield boot from Jack Barker, who started the game in goal and turned away all four shots he faced in the first half. Scoring continued on another one-touch goal from Evan Lalor on a magnificent cross from Will Soucy. The fourth goal of the first half for Wilton came on a nice deflection of Jack Crossen’s shot on goal, with Alessandro Ochoa notching the goal. This put Wilton up 4-0 at the half.
The second half was dominated by physical and aggressive play from Old Greenwich on both sides of the ball. Matt Demasi. Charlie Roy and Luke Perna all countered with some strong physical play of their own in some very heated battles. Finn Burke faced 12 shots in goal in the second half as Old Greenwich tacked on a couple of goals of its own. Maddox Backman was once again a dominate force at the center of a defense that has allowed on average only one goal a game over the first three games of the season.
Wilton White 7, Trumbull 1
Wilton White defeated Trumbull, 7-1, and remains undefeated. The goal scoring barrage came from Matt Martins, Kenji Sahay, Andrew Partenza, Quinn Minozzi (two goals), Tyler Coppola and Conor Toohill. Coppola had two assists, while Martin and Partenza pitched in for an assist each. Wilton’s goalkeeping was nearly impenetrable with Evan Arghirescu and Partenza splitting duties. The defensive attack was led by Jack Vermeulen, Toby Plowright, Liam Christ and Dominic Ciliento.
Wilton White 8, Trumbull 2
Wilton White pulled out a terrific 8-2 win over Trumbull on Sunday. Wilton dominated a very good Trumbull squad with two goals from Marcos Flaim and one from Benjamin Zappaterrini in the first half. In the second half, Andres Deidan opened up the scoring with a terrific goal, followed by goals from James Morello, Siddharth Suneja and finally two goals from Mason Andrews. Charlie Greene, Dylan McMenamey, Lucas Moraes, Finnbar O’Halloran, Eric Pacheco, Jekabs Silins and Akhil Vallabhajosula also had great performances in this great win.
Wilton Blue 8, Westport 1
Wilton Blue two games this past weekend. On Saturday in their first CT Cup game, they beat Westport 8-1 with impressive performances from a number of players. Declan Zadourian had four goals for Wilton in a superb showing. Matthew Stepnowsky, Griffin Palmer, Charlie Clune and Connor Buchichio also scored. Westport was held to one goal behind solid defense from Henry Roy and Jamie Whittaker and the solid goaltending of Charlie Clune, Mac McGovern and Matthew Stepnowsky.
Wilton Blue 6, Trumbull 0
On Sunday, the team continued its winning streak by beating Trumbull 6-0. The defense was strong again in front of goalkeepers Cameron Royle and Finn Kaeyer. Moving the ball well for the Warriors were Andrew Ryan and Luke Ginsburg. Mac McGovern scored two goals in the first half off of nice assists from Connor Buchichio and Tucker Farrell, who added another first-half goal. In the second half, Connor Buchichio took over, scoring two goals, one off of a nice assist from Andrew Ryan and Declan Zadourian. The final goal was on a penalty kick nicely converted by Henry Roy.
Wilton Blue 5, Stratford 3
Wilton Blue team cleared round one of the Connecticut Cup series last Saturday with a convincing 5-3 win over Stratford on Stratford’s home turf. The Wilton boys opened with an intense attack. Matt Tabet took a pass from Ryan Leung and scored in the first two minutes of the game. Jack Dodman, Dhruv Rokkam and Luke Barbieri helped keep up the offensive pressure, along with Connor Morneau and Luke Pacheco, pressuring the Stratford defense until Ryan Leung took a pass from Pacheco and scored in a breakaway run at the 10-minute mark, taking Wilton to a 2-0 lead. Around 15 minutes in, the Wilton squad made its first round of subs, bringing in Christian Marroquin, Declan Healy, and Matt Tully to support the offensive push. Healy took a cross at the 20-minute mark, and was on a run when a Stratford defender made an illegal hit from behind, and Healy was given a PK. The left-footer outplayed the Stratford keeper and put a beauty shot in the right corner of the net, allowing Wilton a 3-0 advantage.
Stratford rallied and started to pressure the Wilton defensive line for the first time. Tommy Lowell, Tom Welch, Scotty Mills and Luke Medalla, along with keeper Luke Eberhart, were able to mostly contain the Stratford push, except for one shot lofted deep by a Stratford attacker. R.J. Bartels and Conor Lillis led the Wilton effort to regain the momentum, forcing Stratford to commit several penalties and keeping them on defense for the remainder of the half.
In the second half, Jack Dodman and Ryan Leung had near misses at the 50-minute mark, Tabet the same at 52, Leung again at 54, with Luke Pacheco repeatedly breaking through on the right side, helping set up Luke Barbieri for Wilton’s fourth goal at around the 60-minute mark. Leung scored for his second time on a pass from Dodman, giving Wilton a 5-1 lead. Stratford then switched up its attack. Conor Lillis, playing keeper for the second half, and found himself suddenly being peppered by a Stratford squad that managed to net two balls at the 80- and 83-minute marks, cutting Wilton to a 5-3 advantage.