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Girls 2009 Blue
Wilton’s 2009 Blue girls visited Darien on Sunday for their first game of the season. The team showed great hustle against a tough opponent. The team showed quick offensive play by Alexandra Jankowski, Victoria Jankowski, Andie Langeland, Audrey Lepore, Casey O’Connor, Ally Phelan, Sadie Sherman and Kate Wickersham. The defensive effort was led by Sophia Solomon and Clara Fielden in the first half. Darien scored quickly on a goal kick. But Wilton answered back with a goal by Ally Phelan. Maddie Rayment made multiple stops in goal but the Darien offense was tough scoring two more goals. Wilton trailed 3-1 at half. The second half added Maddie Rayment, Sophia Solomon and Clara Fielden to offense with Sadie Sherman and Ally Phelan moving to defense and Audrey Lepore to goal. Darien came out strong in the second half with a goal. But Wilton answered with a run down the field and goal by Alexandra Jankowski. The Wilton girls played with earnest effort and strength but Darien made one more goal making the final score 5-2.
Boys U-10 Blue
The Wilton Warrior Boys U10 Blue soccer team opened its season on the road on Sunday against the Stamford Hurricanes, falling 7-1.
The defensive line up of Boden Davi, Blake Ongley, and Greg Bocchino defended well under heavy pressure from Stamford. Wilton’s mid-fielders Cooper Buchichio, Brendan Morris and Peter Braid worked hard throughout both halves to move the ball up the field, while Wilton goalies Bocchino and Ongley deflected multiple shots on the Wilton goal.
After a perfect assist by Morris, Wilton’s Liam Joy struck one into the net for the team’s only goal of the game.
Brad Mallory, Nick Marini, Harrison DeStefano and Michael Dilullo all made several great runs toward the goal, but were unable to get past Stamford’s strong defense.
2007 Boys Blue
The Wilton Boys 2007 Blue team beat Weston 1-0 on a goal from Amit Solomon with an assist from Maddox Backman. Both Jack Crossen and Finn Burke pressed and fed the Wilton offense of Alessandro Ochoa, Andrew Partenza, Charlie Roy, Luke Perna, and Matt De Masi who all had shots on goal and kept Weston on their heels. The Wilton defense anchored by Stefano Cross, Jack Barker, and Jack Vermeulen, were solid and shut down Weston’s offense. Will Soucy earned his first clean sheet of the season making multiple diving saves in goal.
Girls 2008 Gold
Wilton Girls 2008 Gold Cruise to 5-1 victory in opener. Coach Luis Arroyave’s team started their Girls U10 Division C2 campaign with a strong performance at Shelton. Meredith Schwartz led a strong defensive effort as both Alexandra Furman and Clara Lilly minded the net while Grace Johnson, Arden Hamilton, and Anna Reiter all contributed on defense to keep Shelton at bay. Ava Ray and Lilah Crispino were able to control the midfield as Clara Lilly opened the scoring early on. Sofia Anello added a second shortly thereafter and Emma Hendricks finished off the first half by netting two more to give Wilton a 4-0 halftime advantage. Wilton remained on the offensive in the second half with Trisha Prabhu providing constant pressure up front that eventually led to Alexandra Furman scoring Wilton’s fifth goal of the game. It was only a late consolation goal from Shelton that kept Wilton from coming away with a clean sheet, but the overall team effort was worthy of praise as the girls came away victorious.
Girls U-11 Gold
Wilton Gold opened their fall season with a game at Allen’s Meadows with a game against FUSA ’07 Blue, losing 2-1. The offensive lineup of Emmy Ash, Anna Coppola, Sahana Bhagavatula, Maggie Dugan, Claudia LaOrden, Molly Sullivan and Lily Zane put pressure on the Fairfield goalkeeper with smart passes and good communication. In the meantime, defensive team of Courtney Allen, Nicole Allers, Alyssa Karim, Anna LaBant, Kellogg Pettibone and goalkeeper Addison VonLoeser formed a wall and kept Fairfield down to only one goal. Just seconds before halftime, Sahana Bhagavatula capitalized on a breakaway opportunity, and scored to make the halftime score 1-1.
In the second half, goalkeeper Addison VonLoeser made several key saves, including a great save on a Fairfield penalty kick! Fairfield ultimately scored one additional goal to make the final score 2-1 Fairfield, but Wilton U11 is looking strong for the season.
Girls U-13 Blue
The Wilton GU13 Blue team kicked off the fall season with an away game against Bethel that was action-packed until the very end. Wilton had a slow start in the first half and despite a breakaway goal from Larsen Burke, the team came up short at halftime with a 1-4 deficit. However, the Wilton girls rallied in the second half and dominated the game, with quick reflexes, smart passes and good communication. Offensive players Anya Iyer, Georgia Russnok, Grace Duvall, Isabel DiNanno, Ella Savage, Gabrielle Mazzella, Whitney Hess and Larsen Burke worked together to keep the ball on Bethel’s side of the field, scoring two additional goals (Burke and Hess). The defensive team of Caitlin Ongley, Caitlin Allen, Elizabeth LaMond, Miya Lasher, Natalie Cronin and Reagan VonLoeser was flawless, allowing no goals and only a couple of shots on goal by Bethel, which were easily saved by goalie Amanda Prather. Wilton kept pushing for a tying goal until time ran out, with several close attempts, but overall, they showed great spirit and learned how to make a strong comeback. Final score 4-3, Bethel.
Boys 2009 White
Wilton U9 Boys White made their travel soccer debut Sunday, away to Greenwich-Arsenal, getting off to an early 3-0 lead with goals from Sam Dhamoon (2) & Hans Greene. In defense Jaxon Lin, Holden Reading, Chase Friedman & James Ryan held firm, but Oscar Wayland was forced into 8 first half saves. Mason Cilento was impressive in midfield, his creative flair complimenting Matthew Fogarty’s tough tackling. However, Greenwich started to find their rhythm, scoring 5 return goals, before Rocco Tripodi added a consolation.
Girls U-10 White
The Girls 2008 U10 White season looks promising after a hard-fought 2-0 win against Ridgefield Black; Melinda Pettit scored both goals and Isabelle Rameaka, Sasha Handel and others repeatedly challenged in attack. Although Ridgefield rallied, Wilton’s defenses formed around Claire Rosolen and Madison Lowthert withstood the pressure; with Morgan Donahue, Clara Fleckenstein, Lilliana Todd and Rachel Phippen adding support from defensive and midfield positions. Brave saves from goalkeepers Keira Rafferty and Piper Dean ultimately prevented Ridgefield getting on the scoreboard.
Girls U-9 White
Playing away, the team posted a a 5-3 win over Greenwich Flamers. Greenwich went on offense during the first minutes of the game score the first goal of the match. After a long counterattack, Wilton’s offense Gabriella Ray was able to tie the score. The game turned around before the first half with Mia Timnev scoring 1 goal followed by Gabriella Ray’s 2nd goal making the score of 3-1 by half time.
During the 2nd half, Wilton was under attack until Gabriella Ray was able to score her 2nd goal followed by Greenwich’s 2nd overall goal. On a beautiful team play, Abigail Philippon grabbed the ball from the opposite team and took it to the midfield where she made a long pass to Mia Timnev who was able to outrun the opposition’s defense player and score her 2nd goal of the match (5-3).
For the last minutes of the match, goalie Sofia Rios defended against many shots on goal by Greenwich strongly. Wilton's defense, led by Ashley Pencu and Gaby Torres, limited Greenwich's ability to gain an edge and while in the mid-field/attack Grayson O’Donnell, Harper Crawford, Lauren Ely, Isabella Rios, Mia Timnev and Liesel Schmauch were ready to counterattack. Greenwich was able to score their last goal 5 minutes before the end of the match for a final score of 5-3.
Girls U-9 Gold
Wilton's U9 (2009) Gold Girls played a competitive game with a 2-2 tie game against Wilton Girls U9 (2010). The game came to a great start with Victoria Wong passing to Taryn Czick who netted the first goal for the team. Strong defensive performances from rotating lines of Naomi Cronley, Katelyn Lalor, Caitlyn Tsai, Zoe Blum, Katherine Cosentino, Isla Dzik , Annabel O’Malley and Kate Mesh kept the opposing team at bay. Tight formation displayed between the girls allowed Victoria Wong to secure our second goal. A great performance from the team’s goal keeper Cristina Perez Pelaez with stonewall goal keeping skills.
Girls U-9 Blue
In the first half the teams saw a lot of back-and-forth play with a great defensive effort by Abby Deane, Audrey Burton, and Katerina Cross on GU9 2010 to keep the ball clear away from goal. Despite multiple exciting runs at goal by Brynn Grosso and Ria Kurien, and an impressive attack by Juliet DeStefano, Wilton Gold was able to take the lead 1-0 in the 1st half. After starting the game as goalie, Emma Rodrigues got the equalizer with a long shot scoring U9 2010’s first goal of the season. Olivia Edwards took over in the net in the 2nd part of the first half, and Savannah Quick started as goalie in the 2nd half, each making some fantastic saves to keep the game even at 1-1. Harper Pattillo kept up the pressure on offense with several great shots before landing an impressive goal from beyond the penalty box to put 2010 ahead 2-1. Finally, despite a great effort defensively Wilton U9 Gold was able to even the score ending the contest in a 2-2 tie.
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