Wilton Youth Sports Roundup–Sept. 28-29, 2019: Soccer, Football, Softball

#33 Will Byrnes with help from # 67 Evan Christianson and #10 Emma Van Heyst

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Wilton Soccer Association

CT Cup Win for Boys 2007 Blue Over Westport, 5-0

On a spectacular afternoon for a game, Wilton’s Boys 2007 Blue played at Westport Red in their opening game of the CT Cup.

Wilton’s defensive line of Liam Christ, Tyler Coppola, Warren Hamilton, and Matt Martins set the tone as they controlled possession early on. Or Eisdorfer, Evan Lalor, and Ryan Miller handled the offense while Andrew Mims, Reed O’Neill, Andrew Partenza, and Brian Sallese anchored the midfield. Wilton capitalized on its high pressure approach with goals from Partenza and Eisdorfer in the first ten minutes of play. Wilton’s third goal came after Coppola fed Robbie Prather who fed Miller who put the ball in the back of the net to close the half at 3-0.

The second half saw more of the same as Lalor and Partenza extended the lead further with goals early in the period. Noah Levy earned the shutout turning away all Westport shots including a great save on a late breakaway. The team hopes to see Trevor Wisdom and Daniel Allam return from injuries soon.

With the win, Wilton advances to the next round of the CT Cup and will face Newtown on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 9 a.m. at Lilly Field.

Girls 2007 Blue Advance in CT Cup Play with 2-1 Victory Over Simsbury 

The WSA Girls 2007 Blue team traveled to Simsbury on Saturday to take on the Simsbury Hawks in a CT Cup match and came home with a hard fought 2-1 victory.  The long drive appeared to take its toll on Wilton as Simsbury dominated the first half. Strong goaltending by Addison VonLoeser and defending by Abbey Byrnes, Quincey Burke and Alyssa Karim in the middle and Courtney Allen, Nicole Allers and Anna LaBant on the wings kept the game scoreless in the first half.

Simsbury scored five minutes into the second half, but the goal sparked Wilton as it went on to control play for much of the second half. Strong midfield play by Ellie Chock, Julia Munrow, Ellie Drew and Caroline Cronin set up a Kate Lane free kick a few minutes later, and her cross into the box found the foot of Lia Lombardi who slotted it home past the Simsbury keeper to tie the score.

Forwards Emmy Ash, Anna Coppola, Ainsley Smyth, Lyla Theoharides and Claudia La Orden Oro kept up the pressure as Wilton saw several opportunities with the score tied. The hard work paid off with a strong cross from Munrow that Cronin blasted home from just outside the box for the game winner. Congrats to the girls as they head to the Sweet 16 round of the CT Cup!

Wilton Youth Football

Wilton 6th Grade Warriors Fall to New Canaan Black, 14-28

Coming off a convincing 21-7 win against Ridgefield, the 6th Grade Warriors headed to New Canaan for a showdown with their arch rival, New Canaan Black. The team was happy to welcome back two of its key contributors, Kieran Wiseman and Curtis Jackson. New Canaan started out quickly catching the defense out of synch on a few occasions and went up two touchdowns. As the half progressed, the defense started to find its footing, highlighted by hard tackles by Marco Chila, Jackson, Max Totten, Craig O’Neill, Wiseman, and Charlie Calabrese. The offense also started showing some good signs with a 25-yard pass from Calabrese to Charlie Roy and a 10-yard pass to Theo Satrazemis before the half.

Down 0-21 at the half, the Warriors had their work cut out for them. After a spirited half time speech by the coaches, the team came out rejuvenated and showed why they have been a top team for the past four years. The vaunted offense began to kick into gear. The offensive line started to wear down the New Canaan defense with strong blocking upfront by Totten, Jackson, Evan Christianson, Connor McAndrews, Trevor Galligan, Josh Meltzer, Hunter Lishnoff, Cayden Stevens, and Trevien Goldman. The team engineered a long drive that was capped off by several punishing runs by Calabrese that earned the team its first touch down followed by a successful Mason Behar kick. After a final New Canaan score, the defense seemed to find another gear and shut down the New Canaan offense. Several sacks by Chila shifted the momentum and upfront pressure by Alan Osta, Brendan Morris, McAndrews, Behar, Blake Ongley, and Wiseman was effective. Wilton’s linebacker core of Jake Padilla, Ongley, O’Neill, and Calabrese along with speedy safeties Emma Van Heyst, Cooper Buchichio, and Will Byrnes denied any big gains.

Wilton got the last word with a huge 50-plus yard TD hookup between Calabrese and Padilla followed by a Behar point after. And the Warriors nearly put up a final touch down as time was winding down. Wilton decidedly outplayed its rival in the second half but came up a bit short with a final tally of 14-28. Regardless, Wilton made a strong statement that will not be forgotten should the teams meet again in the playoffs.

#33 Will Byrnes with help from # 67 Evan Christianson and #10 Emma Van Heyst

5th Grade Warriors Roll Over New Canaan Rams, 16-0

The Wilton 5th Grade Warriors entered Fujitani Field on a gorgeous Fall day to face a longtime rival in the New Canaan Rams. The Warrior offense started on fire with blistering runs from Denny Dustin and Nick Skillin behind a stone wall of a line featuring center Michael Lenz, Oliver Sims, Emmett Sommer, Mark Whitman, and Wyatt Hoffstatter, with lead blocks thrown by Liam Pierson and Trey Rivera. Skillin finished the opening drive with a 20-yard touchdown dash followed by a Jaxon Lin conversion, putting the score at Warriors 8, Rams 0. On Defense, Wilton was led with solid tackles from Colin Faherty and Henry Snow, accompanied by the gang tackling of Cooper Rekow, Dylan Flanagan, Michael Duarte, Nico Mercado, Cody Korpan, Ryan Wixtead, Brady Corry, and Charlie Heffernan. Sims also slammed into the Rams’ QB forcing a lame duck pass, and Duarte had a backfield tackle on a fourth down stop. The rest of the first half saw impressive runs from Faherty and Corry, and tackles from Heffernan, Rekow, and Snow with help from Jack Cook. The half ended with the Warriors up 8-zip.

The Warriors started the second half on defense with another fourth down stand and strong tackles from Sommer, Heffernan, Korpan, and Snow.  The Warriors scored quickly on their next drive with Dustin taking off for 70 yards, and finishing the job with a TD run a few plays later, followed by a Lin PAT to bring the final score to 16-0. The remainder of the game’s highlights included a Korpan TD saving tackle, a Duarte sack and a Pierson fumble recovery. The Warriors walked out of Fujitani Stadium still unbeaten!

Wilton 3rd/4th Grade Blue Stays Undefeated with 12-0 Win Over New Canaan Black

The 3rd/4th-grade Warriors continued their gritty play, facing a tough New Canaan Black team on Saturday night under the lights at Fujitani Field. On New Canaan’s first possession, it was clear the Wilton defense came to play. Tackles by Brayden Preisano, Sawyer Fasano, Finn Snyder, and Max Weigold held the Rams on four plays and forced a turnover on downs.

The offensive line of Evan AshBly Christianson, Drew Huntley, Topher Jackson, Cash Kaiser, Oliver Mills, Lawson Onthank, Alex Trichilo, Henry Leary, and Peter Wolff made sure the Warriors capitalized on the good field position by creating great running lanes for the running backs. Fasano made the Rams pay with a touchdown run that put Wilton on the board, 6-0.

New Canaan took the ball and found Wilton’s defense just as tough, forcing a three-and-out with tackles and great hustle by Will Kidd, Kaiser, Matthew Polito, Colton Korpan, Amelia Christianson, Aiden Cocca, Jason Scanlan, and Callum Gemelli.

On the next offensive drive, Wilton moved the ball behind runs from Andrew Sherman, Weigold, Fasano and Snyder, but couldn’t find the end zone.

With just three minutes left in the half, New Canaan took the ball and began its best drive of the day. The Rams drove down the field, but Wilton’s defense held, with great tackling by Liam Brokaw, Taylor Lishnoff, Cocca, Korpan, Snyder, Weigold, and Fasano. With just seconds left on the clock before halftime and the ball on the one-yard line, Wilton’s defense came up with an awesome team tackle by Lishnoff, Korpan, and Gemelli keeping the Rams off the scoreboard.

The second half brought more of the same–solid running behind the offensive line for the Warriors and great team defense. Vin Kelly, George Dubrock, Snyder, Kidd, Polito, Korpan, Preisano, Cocca, Brokaw, and Weigold set the defensive tone in the second half to keep New Canaan off the board.

Wilton 7th Grade Blue Notches Victory Over New Canaan Red, 28-7

Under the lights at New Canaan’s Dunning Stadium, the Wilton 7th grade Warriors came out fast scoring on three of their four first half possessions. On the first drive, the Wilton offensive line of Maja Driscoll, Cole Galante, Jack Huntley, Liam McKiernan, Cole Siegel, Henry Soojian, Jaxon Thomas and CJ Young made it look easy for Jack Schwartz and Cael Dexter as they moved the ball down the field. A 20-yard pass from Liam Snyder to Ryan Luchetta set up the Warriors inside the five-yard line. Two plays later, Dexter punched it in and then added a two-point conversion to put the Warriors up 8-0.

The second drive featured hard runs by Ray Ferranti and Dexter to get the ball down to the one-yard line. Snyder punched it in on the QB sneak to increase the lead to 14-0. A great pass and catch from Dexter to Cole Galante highlighted the next drive, but the Warriors’ offense stalled and turned the ball back over to the Rams. On the first play from scrimmage, Ferranti forced a fumble and the Warriors recovered.  With the ball back and time winding down in the first half, Wilton found the end zone for the third time with Schwartz running it in. Dexter converted the extra point and the Warriors led 21-0 at the half.

The defense frustrated the Rams all day, with excellent tackling by Ethan Bailey, Charlie Keller, Will Cristini, Schwartz, Dexter, Snyder, Huntley, Siegel, Ferranti, Driscoll, and Galante. The Warriors continued to move the ball with runs by Emmett Kane and Ferranti. Wilton got its final touchdown in the second half when Dexter ran it in and Snyder followed with the extra point. The Rams managed one big play in the second half for their only score of the day, leading to a final score of 28-7.

Wilton Softball

Wilton LL Warriors Fall To Milford, 5-7 After Sixth Inning Score

Despite out-hitting Milford 10-6, the Wilton Warriors lost the lead late in a 5-7 defeat on Saturday. Milford was down 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning when they singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs.

The Warriors got things moving in the first inning, when Lauren Davis singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. The girls notched three runs in the second inning. Big bats were led by Lauren Sanfilippo, who smacked a home run, and Davis, with both earning RBIs in the inning. In all, Wilton tallied ten hits, including multiple ones from Grace DiBuono-Krafick, Davis, and Allie Schwartz. DiBuono-Krafick led with four hits followed by Davis, who had three. Abby Seeberger and Poppy Herve each had two bases on balls.

Lucy Thomas started the game for Wilton. She surrendered four runs on three hits over four innings, striking out three. Davis threw two innings out of the bullpen.

Overall a well played game on both sides of the Diamond.

In Walk-Off, Wilton Warriors Lose To Darien, 7-8

It came down to the last play in this back and forth affair but the Wilton Warriors were on the wrong end of a 7-8 defeat to Darien on Sunday. The game was tied at seven with Darien batting in the bottom of the seventh when a run for Darien scored.

The Wilton Warriors’ bats were out in full force, collecting 10 hits; Darien had 13 in the high-scoring affair. Wilton got things moving in the first inning. Abby Seeberger had a screaming line drive for a double to start things off and Grace “all I do is hit” DiBuono-Krafick drove in one when she singled. In the third Allie “Alonso” Schwartz hit a monster drive to deep left field but was stranded on the bases.
Darien followed in the bottom of that inning by scoring four.

With Wilton’s back against the wall Kate Rusin started things off and got on first. With her keen eye, Poppy Herve had a base on balls. Then, with Wilton down by two, Lauren Buchanan hit the first pitch to deep right center field for a two-RBI double as the Wilton faithful cheered her on. The team didn’t stop there, as Annie McMahon took an inside fastball up the middle for a go-ahead base hit.

Darien went ahead again in the bottom of the fourth, scoring four.

In the top of the sixth inning, with the Warriors down by one, the team’s clutch hitters came through again and tied things up at seven, starting with Buchanan, who singled up the middle, and then DiBuono-Krafick, who was as cool as the other side of the pillow, hitting the first pitch of the at bat to the opposite field, scoring one run and tying the game.

DiBuono-Krafick was on the rubber for Wilton Warriors. She went three innings, allowing five runs, striking out two and walking one. Lauren Davis threw three innings in relief, allowing three runs and walking one.

All in all, the Wilton Warriors totaled 10 hits. Buchanan, DiBuono-Krafick, Schwartz, and Seeberger each had multiple hits to lead the team.