Wilton Youth Sports Roundup, Oct. 28-31
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Boys Soccer U-9 Blue Falls to Bridgeport, 1-5
Despite several nice saves on goal by Brad Mallory, the Wilton Boys U9 Blue team lost to Bridgeport this past Sunday, Oct. 30. In the first half, Harrison DeStefano and Liam Joy had several shots on goal but to no avail. Brendan Morris, Jimmy Dineen and Nolan Milhoua added to the offense by making nice decisions and solid passes.
The second half began with an excellent save by Eamonn Zadourian in goal, followed by an outstanding cross by Nicolas Marini allowing Joy to score. Jake Padilla, Cooper Buchichio and Blake Ongley proved to be strong defensively by stopping many of Bridgeport’s breakaways. Wilton Blue worked incredibly hard throughout this fast paced game on the turf. Unfortunately, Bridgeport’s continued pressure resulted in a final score of 1-5.
Hard-Fought 5-6 Loss for Wilton 2002/3 Girls Blue Soccer Against New Fairfield
The Wilton 2002/3 Girls Blue Fury Soccer team played an exciting game against the New Fairfield Rebels on the Sunday afternoon (Oct. 30) before Halloween. The Rebels scored first on a free kick placed just over Wilton keeper Grace Cahill’s reach. New Fairfield scored again on corner kick. Wilton Blue Warriors were not discouraged, and after a great chance by Maggie Rowe, Kira Howard passed to Ashley Carbonier, who put it in the net for Wilton’s first goal.
Strong defense by Alexis Castaldi, Brielle Flavin and Sam Nichols kept the Rebels at bay until once again New Fairfield scored on a free kick. Wilton struck back with a nicely executed drive started by midfielders Hailey Smith and Lilly Byrnes, culminating with a pass by Rachel Slater to Lindsey Grandolfo, for Wilton’s second goal just before halftime, leaving Wilton down 2-3.
In the second half, Wilton’s defense of Mairead Kehoe and Peyton Gildersleeve and saves by Cahill kept the game close, allowing Wilton to tie the game when Carbonier this time found Alessia Cawley in front of the goal to tie the game at 3-3. The momentum shifted toward New Fairfield as the Rebels scored three unanswered goals.
The Blue Fury was down, but not out, as Howard placed a hard shot past the Rebel goalie. Then another well-executed goal by Wilton’s Riley Milhoua, brought the Blue Fury within a goal. The skies darkened and rain began as time ran out, leaving Wilton with a 5-6 hard fought loss.
Wilton Boys U13 Defeated by Newtown, 1-3
It was a rainy, dreary Sunday afternoon (Oct. 30) in Newtown as the Wilton Boys U13 team battled the Newtown team. Wilton had a notable offensive push towards the Newtown goal throughout the game with impressive teamwork from Luke Medalla, Jack Dodman, Ryan Leung, Luke Barbieri, Robbie Ballentine, Luke Pacheco, Christian Marroquin, Connor Morneau and Declan Healy. The Warriors dominated possession of the ball in both halves thanks to the spectacular work of Wilton’s defensive line consisting of Scott Mills, Matt Tabet, RJ Bartels, Luke Eberhart, Matt Tully and Thomas Welch. Connor Lillis had a strong showing as goalie in the first half and Healy had some key saves as goalie in the second half. Despite their excellent efforts and the skilled ball maneuvering by the Wilton defensive and offensive lines, Newtown had scored two goals by the half. As the second half started, Wilton came on strong with a spectacular 50-yard run to goal by Ryan Leung. Unfortunately Newtown scored one more time leaving the final score at 1-3.
Wilton Boys U11 Blue Goes 4-0 in Tournament Play
Wilton Boys U11 Blue went 4-0 for the tournament win on a beautiful Sunday (Oct. 30) in South Windsor. After playing well all day, the boys faced their toughest challenge and a must-win game against a formidable team from Avon. Jamie Whittaker, Griffin Palmer, Connor Buchichio, Tucker Farrell, Luke Ginsberg and Matthew Stepnowsky, who were impressive on offense all day, took an early lead in the fourth game and with stellar Wilton defensive play the team never relinquished it. Anchored by Charlie Clune in goal, Wilton’s defense of Henry Roy, Cameron Royle, Finn Kaeyer, and Andrew Ryan held Avon at bay for the game and tournament win.
Wilton 4th Grade Blue Wins First Playoff Game Against Aspetuck, 20-13
Wilton 4th Grade Blue’s offense came out strong on Saturday evening, Oct. 29, scoring 20 unanswered points in the first half and then holding on for the win. The first touchdown came on a beautiful pass from Cael Dexter to a wide open Luke Ginsburg, who ran away from the defenders for the score. Ginsburg followed with a successful kick, for the two-point conversion. On their next possession, the Warriors took just two plays to get on the scoreboard again when Will Cristini scrambled 40-yards up the sideline for a touchdown, behind great blocking from Liam McKiernan, Ryan Meenan, Henry Soojian, Connor Boland and Cole Galante. The next possession looked almost identical, this time with Nate Jackson taking the handoff and racing 40-yards for the touchdown. The defense was solid all game with great tackles by Cole Siegel, Liam Snyder, Ryan Stocker, Jaxon Thomas, CJ Young, Jack Huntley, Ryan Luchetta and Liam Murphy. The ground game came through in the second half to control the clock, with strong running from Charlie Keller, Ray Ferranti and Jack Schwartz. Aspetuck got on the scoreboard late, but the Warriors held on for the win, 20-13.
Wilton 3rd Grade Continues Undefeated Winning Streak, Beating Westport 26-20 in First Playoff Round
Saturday afternoon, Oct. 29 saw yet another win by the undefeated 3rd Grade Tackle Football team over the Westport Wreckers. In the first playoff game of the 2016 season, a strong offensive line–including Max Totten, Quint Furman, Hunter Lishnoff and Curtis Jackson–allowed quarterback Charlie Calabrese to start the Warriors off with a huge run to score an early first touchdown. With the ball in Westport’s hands, Marco Chila, assisted by Will Byrnes, Blake Ongley and Josh Meltzer, combined to form a tackling machine for an overall yardage loss by the Wreckers, with Kieran Wiseman then causing a fumble recovered by Wilton.
With Wilton back on offense, Craig O’Neill had a big run to the end zone with a 2-point conversion added on for good measure, bringing the score to Wilton 14, Westport 0. The second quarter saw Westport score an early touchdown but the Wreckers were stopped from adding the additional two points by Emma Van Heyst’s excellent defense. With the ball inching towards Wilton’s end zone, Grant Stein made a big tackle to turn the ball back to Wilton on downs. A huge pass by Calabrese caught by Theo Satrazemis ended the half with a score of 14-6.
Jake Padilla started the Warriors off strong in the second half with two big runs, resulting in yet another touchdown for Wilton. 20-6. The half continued with more running action by Trevien Goldman and Mason Behar and a crucial catch and run by Charlie Roy to bring the ball to the Wrecker’s 10-yard line. Calabrese faked a pass and ran the ball into the Wrecker’s end zone yet again bringing the score to 26-6 at the end of the 3rd quarter. As Wilton entered the 4th quarter with a huge lead, Westport made an additional touchdown but the strong Wilton defense–including Evan Christianson, Phillip Mouracade, William McDonald and Lincoln Jones–stopped the extra point, ending in a game score of 26-20.
Wilton 8th Grade White Defeats Darien Blue in Opening Playoff Round, 24-12
The Wilton 8 White football squad opened the 2016 playoffs with a decisive victory at home on Saturday evening, Oct. 29. Wilton’s offense started with the ball and relied on a punishing ground game to wear down Darien’s defense. Running backs Sean Sullivan, Mack Kepner and Trevor Martines took turns clipping off 5-plus yards per carry behind the blocking of Michael Coffey, Evan Kauh and Michael Burton, with quarterback John Stanley running the option to perfection. Stanley finished the drive on a QB sneak for a touchdown. Ryan vanHyest made the extra point to complete a drive the lasted almost the entire first quarter.
Darien’s hope of answering on the next drive was quickly crushed when Kepner intercepted a pass and five plays later Martines put the ball in the end zone with a nifty 15-yard run. Darien’s next offensive possession was a quick three-and-out thanks to Matt Gulbin’s tackles for loss on both first and third downs. The ensuing possession for Wilton featured Stanley’s fearless running and a laser of a throw on fourth down to Jimmy McKiernan to keep the drive alive. Sullivan finished the drive on a powerful 10-yard touchdown scamper. VanHyest was good on all three extra points of the half to make the score 24-0. VanHyest also contributed on defense with an incredible over the shoulder interception to end the half.
The second half did see some scoring from Darien, but Wilton’s defense continued to dictate the flow of the game with Andre Long playing tough run defense and defensive end EJ Fasano pressuring the QB for several tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Ryan Witty was a force in the middle of the defensive line filling up gaps and moving along the line to make tackles on sweep plays. As has been the case all year, this was a full team effort with Will Rath making a touchdown saving tackle and Nolan Graham blanking the Darien receivers. Quinn O’Connor played tough minutes along the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and was a factor in several long runs by the Warriors. Max Greenberg opened huge holes on the offensive line against Darien players much bigger than him and receiver Mattias Onnerud provided several key downfield blocks.
With the 24-12 victory, Wilton moves on to face New Canaan Black on Saturday, Nov. 5 in its seemingly inevitable playoff match-up.
Wilton 5/6 Blue Comes Through Jamboree Unscathed–2 Wins, 1 Tie
The Wilton 5/6 Blue team closed their season on a high note with an undefeated performance at an 8-team jamboree in Westport. The weather wasn’t the only thing cool on Saturday. Wilton 5/6 Blue played in tune with the season and showed their cool by taking on some tough opponents and coming home with a two wins and one tie. The players showed how hard they have worked as a team and played their most complete games of the season with crisp passing, relentless offensive surges and aggressive defense.
In game one against Trumbull, Elizabeth Kendra started the day’s scoring with a hard shot into the net. The offense surged behind forwards Eva Filipponi, Caroline Yoon, Katherine Costanzo and Isabella Mouracade. Madeline Levi, Carly Russell and Hannah Fitzgerald owned the middle and kept momentum continuously moving forward.
Game two was a tight contest the entire time. Working up front were Violet Smith, Marianna Ramirez and Lily Abud. The game remained scoreless until Wilton came through with a last minute goal to take the win against Westport. Annika Aronson, Mela Rutkowski and Aimee Rovere played aggressive in the middle by challenging all drives which came their way.
In game three against Darien, the offense was even stronger. Fitzgerald opened the scoring for Wilton with an early goal. The defense was solid, as Ella Mancuso, Poppy Herve, Katie Brandt, Grace Bernardini, Virginia Hastings and Grace Dibuono-Krafick pushed back every Darien attempt to get a drive going. Kendra added a second goal to ice the game for Wilton while the few shot attempts that Darien took were all turned away by Avery Schestag.
Despite being undefeated, Wilton was edged out in the tie breaker by point count and took third place. The entire team improved each game and ended the season very strong.
Wilton 7B White Shuts Out Darien
Wilton 7B White Field Hockey girls had a fantastic end of season game against Darien. In the first half, the team got off to a slow start. Mia Cawley tired for a shot on goal in the first half but came up short. In the second half the girls were hungry for the ball. All the girls on the team were fast on their feet and had great stick work. The offense, lead by Annabelle Pennino and Ria Raniwala, were stronger than ever. The girls showed their speed on the field and their strong passing skills. Lucy Corry was the first to score and give the Wilton warrior girls the momentum they needed.
From there the team was unstoppable. Sammy Slough scored two additional goals followed by another score from Charlotte Casiraghi, who has been fearless all season. Lillie Shipman made a beautiful goal with just minutes left on the clock to give Wilton the victory of the game. Goalie Maggie Palma in the second half played a fantastic game making sure to keep Darien from scoring. Lets not forget our strong defense players Emma Fanelli, Elizabeth Vermeulen, Samira Ayoub and our sweeper Sinead Roche–without these girls we could not have stopped Darien, enabling 7B White to close the season with a shut out game against Darien.