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Wilton Youth Soccer

Wilton 2009 Boys Blue Team Falls in Home Opener

Wilton Blue 2009 Boys fell 1-4 in their opening home game after starting with confidence and energy on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The team couldn’t find the back of the net in the first half, despite several scorching runs from Gavin Levenherz, Caio Thakur and Jacob Albanese that kept possession in the opponent’s half. Darien eventually fought back and put pressure on Wilton. Persistent effort on defense by Mario Coppola, Joshua Comiskey and Ryan Vermeulen in front of tidy goaltending from Conor Filip kept the game close at half.

Wilton started strong again in the second half, with pressure up the sides applied by Jack Mulfinger and Giacomo De Paola, leading to a goal by Liam Backman on an assist from Sean Kaliski. The team continued battling, trying to keep the momentum and score an equalizer, but fell short at the end of a hard-fought game.

Wilton U10 Blue Boys Soccer Team Splits Four Games, Takes 3rd in Invitational Tournament

Wilton U10 Blue placed third in the Madison Invitational Soccer Tournament, splitting four games.

In the first contest, Wilton handily defeated hosts Madison, 5-0. Great ball control by forwards Nicholas Marini and Blake Ongley allowed Wilton to maintain possession. Scoring was led by Liam Joy (3) and Boden Davi (2), while keepers Michael DiLullo and Cooper Buchichio secured the shutout.

Wilton conceded the second match to a strong East Lyme team, 0-3. Defenders Greg Bocchino, Mick Hamilton, Joy and Marini showed tremendous composure under constant pressure. Despite strong midfield play by DiLullo and Brendan Morris to apply offensive pressure, Wilton could not capitalize.

The third match found Wilton evenly matched against a talented West Hartford squad. Harrison DeStefano had multiple shots on goal, but Wilton was unable to score until Brad Mallory deftly deflected a shot by Buchichio. The defense, anchored by Davi and Hamilton, supported Peter Braid, who was outstanding in goal, tallying 14 saves. Though the final result favored the opponent 1-3, Wilton showed great poise and a tremendous effort throughout the game.

Wilton offense came out strong for the 4th game against Ledyard. Early attempts to score by Morris were unsuccessful, but kept Ledyard on the defensive. The pace of the game favored a speedy Wilton team, with DeStefano scoring two goals, quickly followed by two more from Mallory. Defender Ongley and keeper Bocchino faced a hungry Ledyard team in the second half, but the strong footwork of Braid and the rest of the team resulted in a win for Wilton, 4-3.

Wilton 2007 Boys Blue Beat Greenwich Barcelona, 3-2

The Wilton U11 Boys Blue team earned a close but dominating 3-2 win over Greenwich Barcelona on Sunday.  Greenwich pressed early, but Wilton quickly turned the momentum with numerous chances from the front of Finn Burke, Jack Crossen, Matt DeMasi, Alessandro Ochoa, Andrew Partenza, Luke Perna and Amit Solomon. Partenza opened up the scoring with a pair of back-to-back goals on a lead pass from Crossen and a strong cross pass from DeMasi. Two late goals by Greenwich evened the score 2 – 2 at half.

The second half continued with Wilton’s dominance of ball possession and relentless pressure.  A late substitution showed promise when Maddox Backman scored the go ahead goal on a combination pass from Stefano Cross and DeMasi. Over the course of the match, Wilton’s stout backline of Cross, Jack Barker, and Jack Vermeulen allowed few opportunities and was a huge factor in the team’s transitional attack. Will Soucy had another solid game in goal, showing great decision-making to give Wilton the well-deserved 3-2 win.

In First-Ever Tournament, Wilton Girls U9 2010’s Win 2, Lose 1

Wilton Girls U9 2010’s had a long weekend full of soccer in just their second week together as a team. They started off competing in their first-ever tourney finishing second place in their bracket, with two convincing wins and one loss. They were led on offense by Katerina Cross, Jacquelyn Coppola and Olivia Edwards, with strong support from Audrey Burton, Juliet DeStefano, Ria Kurien and Abigail Deane all providing good ball movement and assisting in scoring. Defensively the strong play of Savannah Quick, Harper Pattillo and Brynn Grosso produced two shutouts in both wins.

In Sunday’s game, the U9 2010 girls showed their youth as they lost 0-6 to a very strong Fairfield team that the previous week scored 8 goals against their opponent.

The girls almost scored several goals on solid attempts from Grosso, Kurien, Emma Rodrigues, Edwards, Deane, Burton, Quick, Cross and Coppola. Pattillo and DeStefano shined once again with several key breakups in the defensive backfield and created several scoring chances for their teammates, to no avail.

Wilton Youth Football

Wilton Blue 3rd Grade Keeps Darien Scoreless, 7-0

The Warriors’ Blue third grade tackle football team faced a tough opponent, Darien, on a balmy day this past Saturday at Fujitani Field. The tone was set early by the Warriors’ defense, with Keegan Kazan making two tackles on a three-and-out Darien drive, followed by a fumble recovery on the next drive. On offense, led by the cool hand of quarterback Colin Faherty, the Warriors scored on a big touchdown run from Nick Skillin. The offensive line, anchored by center Michael Lenz, along with linemen Matthew Fogarty, August Furman, Noah Patania, Trey Hall, Michael Duarte and Wyatt Hoffstatter provided solid blocking all day long.

Those same players on offense also were the backbone of a defense along with Sawyer Fasano, Hayden Leitten and Kazan that allowed zero points the entire game. Denny Dustin and Skillin had a fumble recovery each as the game progressed.

The Warriors showed toughness and versatility on both sides of the ball; Dustin, Emmett Sommer, and Hall all contributed powerful runs late in the game to kill the clock to cement a 7-0 victory.

Wilton 4 Blue Steamrolls Fairfield, 26-0

In first quarter of the Wilton 4 Blue showdown with Fairfield, Blake Ongley ran one in for a touchdown behind great blocking from the offensive line–Charlie Roy, Max Totten, Hunter Lishnoff, Quint Furman, Grant Stein and Ellie Smith. Later in the first quarter, Charlie Calabrese ran it 25 yards for the Warriors’ second touchdown. The first quarter ended with Jake Padilla making a big interception. In the second quarter more great defensive play from Evan Christianson, Cayden Stevens, Mason Behar, Michael Butler and the rest of the defense helped to create another Fairfield fumble, which was recovered by Emma vanHeyst. On the following drive Wilton scored their third touchdown of the half on a 20-yard pass play from Calabrese to Theo Satrazemis.

In the second half Kieran Wiseman made a big 15-yard run on 4th down to keep a drive alive. Then on another 20-yard pass play, Calabrese connected with Craig O’Neill to put the Warriors up 26-0. The Wilton D continued to shine in the half with great play from Marco Chila, Trevien Goldman, Josh Meltzer, Jack Bernard, Grant Santosky and Will Byrnes. There were a number of big plays on defense that racked up big losses for Fairfield. The game ended with a fumble recovery by Jack McMenamey.

Wilton 7 Blue Stomps Ridgefield, 14-6

Wilton 7 Blue traveled to Ridgefield last Saturday morning to play on the historic East Ridge Middle School grass fields. The game was an extremely physical defensive battle. Wilton’s offensive line of Luke Totten, Connor Sweeney, Alexander Dempster, Jamie Cristini and Andrew Kress did a commendable job battling the massive and very physical Ridgefield defensive front. After a scoreless first quarter where Wilton’s defense was able to hold Ridgefield to no first downs, Wilton took the ball at midfield and put together the first scoring drive of the game. Power running by Quinn Stengrim and Xander Petrides and a pass from Andrew Acosta-Rua to Christopher Capone put Wilton in a scoring position. A power run by Stengrim put the first six points on the board. Wilton added the point after to go up 7-0. A strip by Nick Walden and fumble recovery by Caleb Rath gave Wilton favorable field position in Ridgefield territory but they were not able to take advantage of it.

Wilton started the third quarter with a successful drive, only to see it stall out because of untimely of penalties. Fortunately Wilton’s defense once again came up strong and was unable to let Ridgefield get anything started. On the second play of the 4th quarter, Stengrim broke a 62-yard run up the middle to score the second touchdown of the day. Charlie Guglielmo added the point after to bring the score to 14-0. Ridgefield scored on a broken play but could not convert the point after making the final score 14-6. Defensive standouts for Wilton were Jake Enman, who made numerous tackles–many of them for losses–and Michael Colavecchio, who played three different positions on defense and also had multiple tackles.

Wilton 5th Grade Blue gets Third Win of Season Over New Canaan Black, 16-0

Under the lights at Fujitani Field on Saturday night, the Wilton 5th Grade team played their best game of the season. They showed maturity on both sides of the ball, with every man contributing and doing his job. New Canaan Black came out fast with a gain of 50 yards on the first play of the game, but from there, the Wilton defense took over. The interior defensive line of Maja Driscoll, Cole Siegel, Jaxon Thomas, Vito Banner, David Schubkegel and Liam Murphy pushed back the Rams’ offensive line all game, giving them no chance to run up the middle. The ends, linebackers and defensive backs–Cael Dexter, Luke Ginsburg, Ryan Luchetta, Liam Snyder, Jack Schwartz, Nate Jackson, Ray Ferranti, James Jackowski, Charlie Keller, Ryan Stocker and Will Cristini–played disciplined assignment football, limiting New Canaan’s trademark sweeps to just two plays of more than 10 yards and no touchdowns. Wilton’s offensive line–Jack Huntley, Cole Galante, Liam McKiernan, Ryan Meenan, Jack Santosky, Siegel, Murphy, Thomas, CJ Young, and Henry Soojian dominated the line of scrimmage, opening up running room up the middle for the running backs throughout the game. On their first drive of the game, the Warriors showed versatility with Schwartz pounding the ball up the middle, Dexter and Ferranti making big gains on the edges, and Snyder running the option for the first time this season. Dexter finished the drive with a 20-yard touchdown run. Schwartz scored the second touchdown of the game on a tough run from 7 yards out. Ginsburg hit both of the extra point tries, staying perfect on the season, to make the final score Wilton over New Canaan Black, 16-0.

Wilton 6 Blue Triumphs Over Ridgefield, 20-0

Wilton 6 Blue came out slow in the first quarter, but then opened up and never looked back. The second possession took 16 plays to go 75 yards and ended with a Todd Woodring touchdown. The drive averaged 6 yards a play behind the line push from Dylan Long, Eli Meltzer and Ethan Gallo, and set the tempo for the rest of the game. Defense followed up with no mercy, holding Ridgefield to only one first down in the first half. George Papakosmas dominated the middle all game, allowing Quinn Silva, Barrett Leary and Colin Gilmore to force pressure from the D-line.

The second half opened with Wilton on defense again. Solid positioning by Meltzer, Max Roberge and Charlie Caporrino forced three tackles for a loss and the punt. Wilton’s offense continued to move down the field with strong solid runs by Harry Polito and Carter Stephenson. Quarterback Luke DiRocco connected with Henry Roy to score the second TD. Woodring intercepted the ball to give possession back to the Warriors. The Wilton offense continued to play tough and Jack Costello scored a TD to seal the victory for Wilton. (Thomas McDonald and Lorenzo Caratozzolo were unable to play)

Wilton 8 White Conquers New Canaan, 14-0

Wilton 8 White improved to 2-1 on the season following a decisive victory over New Canaan Black at Fujitani Field on Sunday. Wilton won the toss and scored on their third play from scrimmage when QB Grant Masterson hit receiver Parker Woodring on a 66-yard touchdown pass, one that was sprung by a tremendous downfield block by receiver Matthew Giller. Masterson had ample time to throw due to the well-executed pass blocking of Michael Breen, Jimmy Luce, Ryan Farrar, Joe Schiavone, Andrew Pellicano and Danny Doran. It was Woodring’s third long TD reception in as many games. Woodring also added the point after kick conversion. Wilton’s defense, not to be outdone on the day, took the ball away from New Canaan on their next possession when Pellicano recovered a fumble. Wilton’s defense relied on their bend but don’t break scheme which saw 3 sacks by Joe deGrasse, an interception by Woodring, and multiple pressures by Schiavone, Farrar, Luce and Charlie Fischer. The defensive backfield of Giller, Jackson Luther and Woodring came up to minimize receptions, while linebackers Max Silva, Masterson and Wade Steffens were all over the field making tackles. Ryan Jackson was also key filling in on multiple positions on the offensive line and special teams in the true team victory. The highlight of the game for the Warriors however, was a 13-play, 66-yard drive that took up the majority of the 2nd quarter. The “Warrior “personnel” grouping of Ciara Garcia, Ben Pond, Schiavone, Farrar, Luce, Doran, Chris Calderone, Christian Bazarian and deGrasse simply ground down the New Canaan defense. The biggest play of the drive was a 24-yard pass completion from Masterson to deGrasse, and some tough running by deGrasse and Giller. Masterson punched it in from 1 yard out for the score. Again, Woodring kicked the point after attempt to put them up for good, 14-0.

Wilton Warriors White Grade 6 Hosts Fairfield Black Grade 6, but Falls 13-19

This past Sunday, Sept. 17, the Wilton Warriors White Grade 6 hosted the Fairfield Wildcats Grade 6 Black for their 3rd game of the season. It was a beautiful morning for football on Wilton’s very own Fujitani Field, filled with passionate fans and the hope for victory as the boys stormed onto the turf. From the start of the first play, both sides knew this was going to be a competitive game. After the first six minutes, Fairfield’s offense penetrated the Wilton defense for a 50-yard rush that led to the game’s first touchdown. After completing the extra-point, Wilton’s defensive lineman Liam Kiernan, Jack Lauricella, Flynn Shipman, Jack Butler, Owen Theoharides and Jai Satsangi held Fairfield for the rest of the quarter, enabling Wilton’s offense to start the second quarter with confidence.

Wilton’s offense, led by QB Ryan Smith, primary running backs Theoharides and Peter Reyes, along with offensive flex attack players Jason Costa, Conner Flanagan, Will Fischer, Cole Stevenson, Gavin Pierson, Nate Rath and Colin O’Neill dominated the opening seven minutes of play in the second quarter. On 1st-and-10, Costa kicked off the momentum with a 13-yard drive, followed by relentless carries by Theoharides, which led to a final touchdown carry and drive by Reyes with only three minutes remaining. Unfortunately with Wilton’s missed extra point, Fairfield quickly answered with a breakthrough carry/touchdown, which put the Wildcats ahead 13-6. Upon attempting an extra-point, the Warriors’ Shipman completed a fierce tackle on one of the Wildcat’s running backs, holding them to just a 6-point TD.

The third quarter was an intense showcase of strength and perseverance. The anxiety rose throughout Fujitani Field, with both sides holding each other scoreless for the entire quarter. With six minutes remaining, Theoharides, Satsangi and Shipman presented a fearless wall that prohibited the Wildcats from gaining any yardage, and forced them to punt. After a share of possessions, the last offensive drive of the quarter was is in the hands of Fairfield. However, their final attempt was stopped by Fischer, which contributed to a 5-yard loss for Fairfield, and forced the quarter to an end.

In the final quarter, Wilton dominated Fairfield 7-6, answering another Fairfield touchdown with a 70-yard run by Reyes. After completing the extra-point, Wilton worked hard, completing a sack (by Rath) with just 3:45 remaining. During the final possession, Wilton’s offensive assault brought everything they had, with strong efforts by all–Butler, Jack Kelly, Connor Wentzel and the rest of the aforementioned players. The final score resulted in a 13-19 loss for the Wilton Warriors, although their perseverance and passion left all the fans with a strong sense of pride and eagerness to step out onto the field next Saturday against Fairfield Blue.