Youth soccer scoreboard: Opening weekend
The following games were recently played by Wilton Soccer Association teams.
On a hot and hazy start to Labor Day weekend, the Wilton Girls U12 Blue Travel soccer team began their fall 2013 season in Fairfield playing in the FAST Tournament. Wilton played the Fairfield Wildcats in game one in an 11 v. 11 format. Strong midfield play by both sides dominated the first half. In a 4-4-2 formation, Wilton fielded Anna Breen, Marra Woodring, Sophia Scarfi and Zoe Kim on defense, all of the girls played a solid first half keeping Fairfield from scoring while Emma Kantor played goalie and stopped many Fairfield shots on net.
The midfield controlled play for most of the first half, with Lauren Cooper, Francesca Goncalves, Caroline Hess, Bianca Reuter and Ashleigh Coltman pushing the ball up field to forwards Sara Schneidman and Callahan Drake.
Ashleigh Coltman, Isabel Gouveia and Chloe Sokol combined for a nice run up field and earned many corner attempts. Anna Breen had a solid shot on the Fairfield goal off a corner kick rebound, the shot sailed just high of the goal to give Wilton it’s best attempt to score.
Fairfield countered with a run that earned them a penalty kick late in the first half. Emma Kantor made a nice attempt at the save but the shot found the far corner of the net for Fairfield’s first goal to go up 1-0.
After halftime Wilton came back and moved the ball into Fairfield territory, Drake, Gouveia and Goncalves set-up Sara Schneidman who scored on a nice shot to the top right corner of the Fairfield goal to tie the game 1-1. A few more saves by each goalie ended the first match at 1-1.
Game two: Wilton played their second game against Fairfield United Black. Isabel Gouveia started in goal and made some tough saves keeping Fairfield from scoring. The Wilton midfield and defense played tough but Fairfield controlled the field and dominated the first half scoring on a breakaway and point blank shot to go up 2-0 at halftime.
In the second half Fairfield had many corner attempts on the Wilton goal and pressured the Wilton defense to hold. Kantor, Hess and Drake attempted to move the ball and had a few attempts on the Fairfield goal to try and even the match. Fairfield’s goalie was too strong in net and with one final breakaway Fairfield scored again before the end of the match to end it at 3-0. Breen, Kim, Scarfi, Woodring and Sokol provided solid defense while Coltman, Reuter, Cooper and Schneidman controlled the midfield and offensive play for Wilton.
Game three: Wilton’s third match placed them against Darien Blue. Chloe Sokol played in goal for Wilton and made two key saves early in the game. Drake and Cooper had many runs up the wings and the Wilton midfielders and defense played well to hold Darien to a 1-1 tie at halftime. In the second half Darien pressured the Wilton defense and scored twice on two volleys from their offense. Sophia Scarfi played a great half in goal but Darien had the extra push to get the victory.
Game four: Wilton faced the Milford Shooting Stars team and lost to one of the top teams in the tournament.
Wilton White kicked off its fall season this past weekend by participating in the Lewisboro Labor Day Tournament. While the core of the team remains intact, an injection of energetic and enthusiastic new talent portends an exciting season to come. Although White dropped its opener to Greenburgh 4-0, the defense came alive in game two behind the stellar netminding of Brielle Flavin and dropped a tense tight match to Scarsdale 1-0. On offense Grace Beck, Alexis Castaldi, and Catalina King took turns pressuring the Scarsdale net but were repeatedly turned aside by some standout opposition defense.
Game three of the day vs. tourney host John Jay was a thrilling match from the opening kickoff. Marygrace DelliSanti was solid in goal denying all but one Jay shot and keeping White in the thick of things until with just five seconds left on the clock the magic happened as the powerful left foot of Peyton Gildersleeve connected on a perfect crossing feed from Lilly Byrnes from sixteen feet out knotting the game at one in what felt like a victory. Despite dominating the game on the offensive side for long stretches thanks in large part to the tireless hustle of Mairead Kehoe, Samantha Nichols, Maddie Pfeiffer, and Victoria Fox, White had frustratingly been kept off the board until Gildersleeve’s last second heroics.
The final game of the day vs. New Rochelle was anti-climactic as the hard charging Sounders dominated a one-side affair 6-0 but in spite of the final score goalie Riley Milhoua stood out in the Wilton nets turning back several shots in spectacular athletic fashion with powerful leaps and full body extensions.
The 2013 fall travel soccer season kicked off on Saturday for the Wilton Girls U10 White team in grand style as they won their division at the Lewisboro Tournament in New York. Wilton played a total of four 25-minute games against teams from Ridgefield, Albertson, N.Y., Greenburgh, N.Y., and Somers, (CT) and dominated play right from the start winning all four games easily.
Wilton 5, Greenburgh 0
In game one, Wilton matched up against the Greenburgh Lightning and controlled the match from the outset. Two goals by Lindsey Grandolfo, and one apiece from Kathleen Lamanna, Ellie Copley and Bella Andjelkovic led Wilton to a decisive 5-0 victory.
Wilton 5, Ridgefield 0
Wilton’s second match was against Ridgefield White and the strong play continued as the girls scored early and often. Two goals apiece for Jamie Leventhal and Lindsey Grandolfo and one for Molly Kaufold led Wilton to another dominating 5-0 win.
Wilton 3, Somers 0
The third match of the tournament against the Somers Sidekicks turned out to be the toughest test for Wilton. The two teams battled it out as the game remained scoreless until late in the first half when Molly Kaufold put Wilton on the board with a pretty goal. Later in the half, an outstanding save by Katie Umphred as she dove to her left to deny a Somers shot kept Wilton in front. Then, in the second half, Wilton pulled away as Grace Kaplan and Lindsey Grandolfo netted tallies leading Wilton to their third shutout of the day with the 3-0 victory.
Wilton 7, Albertson 0
The final team standing in the way of a tournament championship for Wilton was a squad from Albertson, NY. The girls took the field determined to come home with the title and poured it on right from the start. Two goals by Lindsey Grandolfo, who had seven total for the tournament, and one apiece by Kathleen Lamanna, Grace Kaplan, Molly Kaufold, and Katie Umphred propelled Wilton to an overpowering 7-0 win in the final contest.
The final tournament numbers were impressive as the team scored 20 goals and allowed none over the four games. The four consecutive shutouts were the result of solid goaltending by Grace Kaplan and Katie Umphred and a stalwart defense led by Morgan Lebek, Meghan Hanny, Abby Kyle, Kathryn Cronin and Leah Martin.
Wilton Blue goes 2-1-1
The Wilton girls U10 Blue soccer team stated its fall campaign with a 2-1-1 record in a Labor Day tournament in Lewisboro, N.Y.
The first game against New Rochelle showcased excellent defense with strong contributions from Ellie Coffey and Casey Vanderwall, backed up by the excellent goaltending of Erynn Floyd. Ellie O’Meara put in a nice goal after some nifty passing from Gwynn Sullivan. Olivia Rossi’s breakaway goal put the game away for a 2-0 victory.
The second game was a really good match up against northern rival Ridgefield. Cate Adams and Grace Denious were tenacious in the middle of the field and kept Ridgefield on its heels. Mia Pepitone and Amelia Hughes forced the action nicely, with Hughes scoring twice to seal another 2-0 victory.
The day took on a more challenging tone, however, when the game three opponent, Terryville, took a much more physical approach to the game than Wilton’s previous opponents. Wilton’s speed and finesse seemed to be enough to overcome Terryville’s tactics as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead on nice goals by Abby Morris and Amelia Hughes. However, Wilton let their frustration get to them long enough to lose their focus and allow two quick goals that knotted the game in a 2-2 tie.
By the time game four came around, the Wilton girls looked worn down. Unfortunately, it was the wrong time to run into the tournament’s best team, the Albertson Avalanche. Losing 3-0, Wilton’s girls got a nice lesson in the value of keeping focus, spreading the field and being aggressive. The score could have been much more lopsided if not for Olivia Newfield’s gutsy play in goal.
On Saturday, the Wilton Blue U9 girls team opened with their first tournament of the season in South Salem, N.Y. Their 2-1-1 effort earned them a second place finish for the day. The offense was dominated by Charlotte Casiraghi, Mia Cawley, Whitney Hess, Olivia Mannino, Emerson Pattillo, Heather Plowright, and Molly Snow with a combined total of 10 goals. The defense led by Isabel DiNanno, Kiana Gow, Anna Joy, Jill Roberts and Meghan Wood, held their opponents at bay leaving them scoreless in three of the four games.
The Wilton girls U-9 Gold team opened the season at the Lewisboro Labor Day Classic tournament. Games one and two against the John Jay Blizzard and Storm featured balanced play between the squads, with strong offensive play from Ava Fasano, Taylor Felipe, Natalie Cronin and a goal by Alyssa Rappaport, with tenacious defense from Ella Savage, Becky Arnowitz, Caitlin Ongley and Jordan Yee (six saves).
Games against Albertson and Chappaqua Blue saw spirited play. Defense predominated, notably by Isabella Schmitt, Catherine Ursitti and Samantha Mims, but Wilton got its groove in game four with a superb assist by Marianne Lombardi for a goal by Julianne Ursitti.