Each week, GOOD Morning Wilton will run news of weekend results and scores from Wilton youth sports teams. Please send all stories and updates, along with a photo, to editor@goodmorningwilton.com by noon on Monday of each week. Stories received after the deadline may not be included. Result write-ups will be grouped by sport and published in the order they are received.

FOOTBALL

Dramatic Overtime Win for Wilton 7 White over New Canaan Black, 13-12

It would not be a Wilton 7 White game without last minute drama. For the sixth time this season, the Warriors had the outcome of the game in their hands with less than a minute to go. This time around, they were down to a star receiver-turned-backup QB (one who had not played more than five snaps at quarterback all year), and a backup kicker who hadn’t kicked a ball in a game all season. Fortunately, they had the tight game experience, the outsized will to win, and a player named Joe deGrasse.

Prior to all the late game drama, Wilton appeared to have things in control when, on their first series, they quickly stopped New Canaan on three downs, punctuated by a Cole Boniface and Tyler Hough sack. On Wilton’s first offensive play, QB Max Silva hit deGrasse on an 18-yard swing pass. deGrasse then took three consecutive carries, behind the first rate blocking of Will Ryan, Wade Steffens, Jimmy Luce, Ryan Jackson, Kieran O’Neill, Andrew Pellicano and Ryan Farrar, and jammed it into the end zone. A successful 2-point conversation from Silva to Eli Ackerman was called back on an illegal procedure penalty. Wilton’s next attempt failed, leaving the score at 6-0.

Wilton’s defense continued to swarm the New Canaan offense and created a turnover when deGrasse knocked the ball loose, to be recovered by Silva. The defensive front of Ryan Keenan, Charlie Fisher, Chris McCann, Ben Pond, O’Neill, Farrar, Pellicano, Luce and Hough left New Canaan no room to breathe, while the defensive secondary of Brennan MacGregor, Jackson Luther, Ackerman and Ryan batted down multiple passes. Unfortunately, the injury bug hit Wilton again when Silva injured his finger and was knocked out of the game on the last play of the half.

Wilton, already without QB Grant Masterson (who was injured against this same New Canaan 7 Black team three weeks ago), now looked to rely on Ackerman and deGrasse to step in and play unfamiliar positions.

The game remained a 6-0 game until early in the fourth quarter when New Canaan finally scored, but missed the extra point kick to knot the game at 6-6. Wilton rode deGrasse, who bulled his way to significant yardage–even completing a pass to Chris Calderone–but the Warriors were unable to tack on any additional points. Fortunately, the defense held pat and the game went into overtime. New Canaan won the toss and elected to go on offense, scoring on their first play. The decisive extra point attempt pass failed, leaving the door open for Wilton.

Wilton called deGrasse’s number on two carries and he once again delivered, equalizing the score at 12-12. The season now teetered on Calderone, who had to step in for Masterson and kick his first PAT of the season. With his father, Coach Tony Calderone, handing him the kicking tee, Calderone confidently stepped to the ball, drilling it through the uprights for a thrilling victory. Through all of their trials and tribulations of this season, the boys had learned how to win, at all costs.

Wilton 7 White players and coaches celebrate Chris Calderone’s winning extra point.
Wilton 7 White players and coaches celebrate Chris Calderone’s winning extra point.

Westport Wreckers Shock Wilton 7 Blue with 7-12 Loss

The Wilton 7th grade Blue Warriors went into their Sunday, Nov. 6 playoff game with six straight wins and the best record in the league. However, a hail Mary pass with 40 seconds to go in the game was the difference as the Westport Wreckers shocked the Warriors with a 7-12 win, avenged a 20-7 loss at the hands of the Warriors earlier in the season. True to the adage, it is always tough to beat a good team twice; Westport is the defending FCFL champions and they will continue their championship march next weekend.

These young Warriors should hold their heads up high as they stormed back from a one-win season last year and proved not only to themselves but to their coaches and families that they can play the game of football and they can play it well. This group never gave up. They worked hard at every practice and learned the true definition of playing a team sport that involves every kid on the field doing their job. They had winning attitudes and they learned how to pick one another up and fight for one another every down, every play. They became brothers of blue–they became family! Wilton 7 Blue is made up of the following group of special young Warriors:  Nevin Belanger, Michael Breen, Ben Calabrese, Matt Claps, George DiRocco, Danny Doran, Ciara Garcia, Matthew Giller, Craig Hyzy, Kevin Hyzy, Eddie Keller, Quinn Kiss, Mikey Longo, Michael Munrow, Connor Robertson, Joe Schiavone, Dylan Smith, Jake Sommer, Sean Wiseman and Michael Whitman.

It goes without saying how proud we are of these tremendous young warriors! Congratulations to these players on a job well done. Until next season…

Wilton 3rd Grade Advances to Championship, Knocking Out New Canaan 7-6

With a undefeated regular season record of 7-0 and a convincing win in the first round of the playoffs, the Wilton 3 Team was looking to punch its ticket to the championship game. They did so with the same shut-down defense and well orchestrated offense which got them to this point.

New Canaan got off the a quick 6-0 lead when a running back broke a long run. The team then started to gain some momentum on solid blocking upfront by Grant Stein, Quint Furman, Charlie Roy, Max Totten and Theo Satrazemis, and some strong runs by Kiran Wiseman, Jake Padilla and Charlie Calabrese. Wilton then struck back for the equalizer with a 50-yard run by Craig O’Neill (pictured above in main image). Wiseman then converted the extra point with a tough run up the middle.

The second quarter proved to be a tough back-and-forth affair with some good tackling upfront by Hunter Lishnoff, Marco Chila and Lincoln Jones and some solid linebacker play from Blake Ongley, Calabrese, Padilla and O’Neill. The secondary made some nice tackles, led by Mason Behar, Emma VanHeyst, Will Byrnes and Trevien Goldman and once again allowed no completed passes.

Calabrese then ripped off a long run helped by a solid block by Padilla, and Wilton then added to its 7-6 lead with a tough 5-yard run by Wiseman. William McDonald, Evan Christianson, Phillip Mouracade and Josh Meltzer all provided solid blocking. With New Canaan driving the ball just before half, Stein made two big tackles to end the threat.

The third and fourth quarters saw hard-working defense on both sides. A series of tough penalties were called against Wilton but the team overcame the adversity and ended the game on a big tackle in the backfield by Wiseman.

Coach Calabrese then made an inspirational speech to get the team fired up for a final push this week leading up to the championship game next weekend.

Wilton 4th Grade Blue Knocked Out in Playoff Semi-Finals to Darien Blue, 0-6

It was a defensive struggle between Wilton 4th Grade Blue and Darien, with the Blue Wave coming out on top 0-6. The Wilton defense was strong all day holding off Darien repeatedly, forcing punts, turnovers, or turnovers on downs on six of the seven possessions. Cole Siegel, Liam Snyder, Cael Dexter and Liam Murphy led the team in tackles, with 22 tackles between the four players, frustrating the Darien offense. Maja Driscoll, Ryan Luchetta, Ryan Stocker and CJ Young all stepped up and made big tackles when the Warriors needed it most to stop the Blue Wave offense.

On offense, the line played tough all day, led by Jaxon Thomas, Jack Huntley, Liam McKiernan, Ryan Meenan, Henry Soojian, Connor Boland and Cole Galante. The running game progressed the ball well, led by Luke Ginsburg, Jack Schwartz, Charlie Keller, Ray Ferranti and Will Cristini, but Darien held the Warriors out of the end zone. The only scoring of the game came on the last play of the first half, when Darien completed a pass in the end zone, which proved to be the critical score. The Wilton 4th Grade Blue team played their hearts out and finished their season strong.

SOCCER

Wilton Boys U10 Gold Falls to New Canaan, 1-3

Wilton Boys U10 Gold played an exciting away game against New Canaan on a blustery Sunday afternoon, Nov. 6. During the first half, Wilton defenders Ryan Miller, Ronan O’Halloran, Reed O’Neill and goalie Theo Sastrazemis kept the New Canaan team a good distance from goal with strong defensive pressure. Striker Nick Eberhart and midfielders Andrew Mims, Mason Behar and Rhys Ceron kept the pressure on New Canaan, efficiently driving the ball through midfield. At the half it was 1-0, New Canaan.

In the second half Miller and Mims had several great runs up the line showing excellent teamwork. Behar, Eberhart, Luca Szymanowicz and Trevor Wisdom kept the offense tempo moving. Mims had a couple of great breakaways and scored the team’s first goal on a penalty kick. The defensive line maintained a wall that was tough to penetrate. Or Eisdorfer stepped into goal for the second half and had two important saves. Despite excellent Wilton effort, New Canaan picked up two more goals and finished the game 1-3.

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Wilton Girls U11 White Finish Season with 4-2 Victory over Trumbull

The Wilton Girls U11 White team concluded their season with a three-game set over the weekend, highlighted by a 4-2 victory over Trumbull. Jenna Peterson, Addison Dobson and Ella Breitenbach anchored the tenacious defense in front of goalie Teagan Stengrim, allowing only one own-goal in the first half, with Peterson repeatedly clearing the ball past the opponents.

Striker Gigi McWhorter, along with Sadie Klyver, Lauren Moe and Melissa Ongley, put the offensive pressure on Trumbull, controlling the ball and the tempo. Emmy Baer and Abby Petrie provided a burst of energy off the bench with Petrie demonstrating skill and patience on a breakaway goal.

Petrie set up the next score with a steal and breakaway enabling Breitenbach to assist Moe on the second goal for Wilton. Petrie assisted striker Baer on a definitive score to put Wilton up 3-1. Wilton shut down Trumbull for the remainder of the half, featuring a diving stop by goalie Klyver on a centering pass by the opponent. Wilton took a commanding lead on a relay from Stengrim to Breitenbach to Klyver, who netted the fourth goal of the game. Dobson and McWhorter tended the goal in the second half, allowing only a late goal by Trumbull for a 4-2 win.

In other games over the weekend, Remi Morello and Mary Kate Doyle played remarkable defense and offense for Wilton with superior ball handling and crisp passing.

Wilton Boys U10 White Secure Win Over Shelton, 3-1

Last Sunday, Nov. 6, Wilton BU10 White travelled to Shelton looking to continue their unbeaten league run. Early play indicated a close match up, but Shelton was unable to break the defense of Evan Arghirescu, Matt Martins and Liam Christ. Dominick Cilento and Nathaniel Kalter held strong in midfield, with Tyler Coppola opening the scoring for a 1-0 lead at half time.

In the second half, Wilton came out looking for more goals with continued pressure from Quinn Minozzi. Conor Toohill added one with a fine individual goal to make it 2-0 and then scored another via a Toby Plowright assist. Jack Vermeulen and Kenji Sahay held off a late onslaught from Shelton to secure a 3-1 win.

Wilton Boys U13 Blue Battle Rivals Monroe on Season’s Final Game

The Wilton Boys U13 Blue Team waged a fierce fight Sunday afternoon, Nov. 6 for the final game of their regular season. On a day that was sunny, clear and cool, the team found themselves not only battling their rivals in the first half, but also an Allen’s Meadow headwind that gusted to twenty knots and above at times.  The Wilton squad took the field with Luke Pacheco and Christian Marroquin up front, supported by Luke Barbieri, Scotty Mills, Connor Lillis and Jack Dodman, whose talents had been missed after being sidelined for a couple games by an injury. The backfield started with Tommy Lowell, Tom Welch, Luke Medalla and Matt Tabet, with Declan Healy starting in the net, and having to deal with that strong breeze coming right at him.

Despite the assist from Mother Nature, Monroe struggled to break through, with the midfielders repeatedly stopping the attack at the 50-yard line, and the defense playing high to cut off the occasional run. For 30 minutes, Wilton was able to keep Monroe from launching a single shot on goal, while Dodman, Lillis and Pacheco were all able take a crack at the opposing goalkeeper. Both Matt Tully and R.J. Bartels also had a chance to contribute to a mid-field fight which featured a lot of snappy passing. Finally, at around the 31-minute mark, a Monroe forward lofted a near miss off the crossbar, and Monroe came up with a corner in the scramble that followed. Monroe was able to score on that kick, and Wilton went out for the half trailing by 1-0.

The second half opened with the wind now at the back of the Wilton team, and some changes in the lines. Tabet, who had gone out injured at the 15-minute mark, was back in on offense. Healy and Dhruv Rokkam were also up front with Marroquin, Ballentine and Barbieri in the middle; Lowell, Mills, Medalla and Welch at back; and Lillis now in goal. Monroe came out strong and created an opportunity around five minutes into the second half, taking the score to 2-0. At that point, the Wilton squad found their second wind, and pressured hard. With Healy and Rokkam working the left side and Tabet and Pacheco on the right, they were able to work around the Monroe defenders until Tabet tapped in a roller around the 62-minute mark. Not five minutes later, Pacheco was able to take a strong pass from Rokkam and score again, now tying the game at 2-2 with a little less than twenty minutes to play.

The final twenty minutes saw Wilton pressure the Monroe defense almost constantly, with Lowell, Medalla, Welch and Mills bottling up any and all efforts by the Monroe offense to cross the midfield. Despite repeated shots on goal, however, the Wilton forwards could not quite hit the back of the net. When the final whistle sounded, the U13 Boys left the field happy with their second half rally, and a satisfying fall season.

Before leaving the field, the boys credited coach Luis Arroyave and managers Anastasia and Kevin Tabet with sticking by them through some challenging situations, and vowed to come back in the Spring with an even more successful campaign.

Wilton 2007 Girls White Bests Newtown, 6-3

Wilton 2007 Girls White won their game against Newtown 6-3 in a hotly contested game Sunday, Nov. 6. Wilton was scoreless and down by two before scoring six unanswered goals.

Julia Munrow scored twice, as did Mia Sommer. Grace Ratcliffe scored a goal fulfilling a promise to her parents for their anniversary. Ashley O’Donnell scored a goal for the team as well.

Along with the strong burst of offense, Abby Phelan played solid goal in the second half. Chloe Flatt, Quincey Burke and Sophia Partola played stellar defense. Caroline Cronin and Ellie Drew played amazing in the mid-field. Wilton is now 5-3 on the season.

Wilton 2007 Boys White Blanks Ridgefield, 1-0

Wilton 2007 Boys White took home a solid win over Ridgefield on Saturday, Nov. 5. Quinn Minozzi provided solid goal tending in the first half, setting the stage for a shut out. Toby Plowright, Dominic Cilento, Liam Christ, Matt Martins and Evan Arghirescu proved strong defensively, heading off Ridgefield’s offense. Andrew Partenza, Conor Toohill and Jack Vermeulen provided persistent offensive pressure, but were unable to score.

Partenza took over the goal in the second half, preventing Ridgefield from scoring for the duration. Nathaniel Kalter and Kenji Sahay continued the offensive pressure and Tyler Coppola made a clutch pass to Minozzi, who made the winning shot.