Wilton Youth Sports Roundup: Sept. 29-30
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Wilton Youth Soccer
Wilton 2009 Boys Gold Defeats Shelton, 2-1
Wilton’s Boys U10 Gold, led by coach Jaime Ocampo, played a great team game on Sunday versus Shelton. Wilton’s offense applied pressure all game with solid passing and shots from Jaxon Lin, Tristen Albright, Kai Yuschuk, Nathan Partenza, Matthew Fogarty and Callum Gemelli. Kai Yuschuk netted both goals. Oscar Wayland did a great job in goal all game. Wilton’s defense thwarted Shelton ongoing with solid play by Caden Colineri, Luke Adams, James Ryan, Dylan Yuschuk and Carter Burkhart.
Wilton 2007 Boys White Stumble Against Division’s #1 Team
Wilton 2007 Boys White came out strong against the top team in their division, NJSA U12 White. Trevor Wisdom, Noah Levy, and Ronan O’Halloran were solid on defense. Midfielders Ryan Miller, Matthew Martins, Hirsh Iyer, and Reed O’Neill were aggressive keeping the ball on the attacking half. Forwards Brian Sallese, Phineas Wayland and Robert Prather took many shots on goal, and it finally paid off when Prather scored.
In the second half, Ali Afroz, Daniel Allam, and Or Eisdorfer were tough against a very determined Norwalk team. As the Wilton Team tired through the second, Trevor Galligan kept working hard in goal with a total of 16 saves for the entire game. Although they lost a tough game, the boys never gave up.
Wilton 2008 Girls White Rolls Through New Canaan Black, 5-3
The Wilton Girls 2008 White team won on the road at New Canaan, 5-3. Wilton got off to a fast start with a goal in the first few minutes by Claire Rosolen and a goal from the penalty spot by Kerry Dodman. Midfielders Preethi Vijay, Charlotte Mannix, Lilah Crispino, and Nitya Pandit did a great job of fighting for possession all game. New Canaan’s offense came to life late in the first half, but goalkeeper Grace Johnson was able to keep Wilton in the game, and the score was tied 2-2 at the half.
Wilton’s defense stood tall in the second half with outstanding performances from Ava Ray and Keira Rafferty, and a few key saves from goalkeeper Kara Mobyed. Rosolen and Dodman both scored again, as did forward Kelly Mancuso with a skillful assist from Rachel Phippen.
Wilton U10 Girls White Ties Easton, 1-1
Wilton U10 Girls White faced off against Easton on a perfect fall afternoon at Merwin Meadows. The Wilton girls started off with early pressure as attackers Mia Timnev and Taryn Czick, fed by wings Abby Savage and Katie Contention, stressed Easton’s defense.
On the other side of the ball, Wilton’s defense was stout. Gabby Torres consistently cut off Easton’s attacks, and Caitlyn Tsai captured multiple loose balls and expertly reversed the field to set up a new Wilton attack.
Harper Crawford and Naomi Cronley continued attempts at the goal, but Easton’s goalie was up to the task. Despite peppering the Easton zone with quality attacks, Wilton ended the half trailing 0-1.
The second half opened with more balanced play as both teams exchanged possession in the midfield. Abby Philippon and Kate Mesh had multiple runs up the wings that were frustrated by Easton’s defense. Coach Spencer Overbeeke continued to stress from the sidelines that the girls focus on doing the little things well. Trailing by a goal, Wilton finally broke through with seconds on the clock as Madison Pendergast received a pass in the box and slammed the ball past the Easton goalie to secure a 1-1 tie.
Boys U9 Gold (2010) Falls to Shelton, 0-6
The Sunday, September 30, matchup between Wilton 2010 Boys Gold and Shelton’s FC U9 Boys White resulted in a hard-fought loss for the Wilton team. In the first half Alex Shiue had several key saves in goal, with the assistance of Andrew DeMasi providing solid defensive stops. Kevin Garcia and Topher Jackson both contributed several key steals, along with John Mannix providing a solid stop in front of goal, all of which helped hold Shelton to a 0-1 lead at the half.
During the second half, Rohan Saini took over in goal and had several saves as well. Evan Ash consistently contributed to Wilton’s offensive stance. Throughout the second half solid defensive support was provided by Ben Cannavino and Sean Unruh. In the end, Wilton gave it their all but ultimately fell to Shelton 0-6.
Wilton Youth Football
Warriors 7th Grade Blue Overpowers Darien, 20-0
On Saturday, Sept. 29, Wilton Warriors 7 Blue dominated and defeated Darien, the Blue Wave on Fujitani Field in Wilton.
Lead by captains, Liam Kiernan, ToddWoodring, and Jack Williams, the Warriors started off strong as they marched down the field within minutes of the start of the game, with solid yards gained in runs by Harry Polito, Woodring and Luke DiRocco. Wilton worked as a team into the end zone for their first touchdown of the game. Woodring executed the extra point kick as Wilton put 7 points on the scoreboard. On Darien’s drive forward Ethan Gallo, DiRocco, Lorenzo Caratozzolo, and Polito had major stops along with the entire Warrior defense to shut down the blue wave.
During the second quarter, the Warriors dominated with a solid run by Jack Costello. The powerful Warrior defense crippled Darien with a major shut down by George Papakosmas, Brody Hess, and Dylan Long. Into the quarter, DiRocco threw a beautiful pass to Caratozzolo for a completion into the end zone and more points on the board. With 2:40 left on the clock in the quarter, the warriors still were deep into the red zone, and with a pass from DiRocco to Nate Rath the Warriors put their third touchdown on the board and headed into halftime with a 20-0 lead.
In the third quarter, Wilton continued to dominate with highlight plays from Carter Stephenson, who had an exceptional tackle and major stop, and Caratozzolo, who sacked the Darien quarterback. Once the Warriors’ offense had the ball, the team went to work with strong runs from DiRocco, Stephenson, and Polito. Rath had a thrilling interception, and towards the end of the quarter the Warrior offense had great runs by Woodring, DiRocco, and Costello and an excellent catch by Polito.
The Warriors continued to play hard through the fourth quarter with solid power by the team’s defense and solid runs by Jack Kelly and Hess.
At the end, Wilton won with the final score of 20-0.
Wilton 6th Grade Blue Defeats New Canaan Red for Second Time This Season, 22-7
Under the lights at Fujitani Field on Saturday night, the 6th Grade Warriors had their hands full with New Canaan Red, in their second meeting of the season. The Rams were clearly well prepared and ready to play.
Wilton got the ball first and used their power running game, behind great blocking from Maja Driscoll, Cole Galante, Jack Huntley, Ryan Luchetta, Liam McKiernan, Ryan Meenan, Jack Santosky, Cole Siegel, Henry Soojian, Jaxon Thomas, and CJ Young to march 70-yards down the field for the team’s first touchdown. Jack Schwartz, Luke Ginsburg and Cael Dexter combined for 58 yards on the ground before Liam Snyder connected with Ray Ferranti on a 12-yard touchdown pass. Ginsburg connected on the live extra point to put the Warriors up 8-0 early.
Wilton used the same formula for their second touchdown, moving the ball on the ground for most of the drive with impressive running by Charlie Keller, Luke Perna, Ryan Stocker, and Ferranti. The Warriors finished the drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Snyder to Dexter. No one was more excited than Will Cristini, who was sidelined with an injury but there for his teammates.
The defense was outstanding for 10 of the 11 New Canaan drives, holding the Rams on those 10 drives to just two first downs. Wilton’s defense consistently harassed the Rams’ in the backfield, with Dexter, Ginsburg, Schwartz, Meenan, Driscoll, Snyder, and Siegel all recording tackles for a loss. The Warriors forced three turnovers for the second game in a row, with interceptions by Schwartz and Ferranti and a fumble caused by Santosky and recovered by Snyder. A fourth turnover–an interception by Perna–was called back because of a penalty.
New Canaan’s only score came on a drive highlighted by several Warrior penalties and one big play for the Rams. With the game at 14-7, the tightest game the 6th grade team has faced this year, the Warriors showed their heart and determination on their next possession. They used strong running by Schwartz, Dexter and Ginsburg and a big reception by Ferranti on a pass from Snyder to get the ball to the 10-yard line. Schwartz (pictured above, main image) punched it in from there for the final touchdown of the game. The live extra point by Ginsburg made it 22-7 and gave Wilton 6th grade their fifth win of the 2018 season.
Wilton 5th Grade Blue Routs Darien Blue, 16-0
Wilton 5th Grade continued their winning streak, with a 16-0 win over Darien Blue on Sunday. Great teamwork by both the defense and offensive as enabled Wilton 5 Blue to hold their opponents scoreless this season.
Wilton 4th Grade Falls Against New Canaan White, 6-20
The Wilton 4th Grade Football team lost a tough game to New Canaan White on Saturday night by a score of 6-20. This was the 4th consecutive week of games against a very strong New Canaan program, and despite a disappointing 1-3 record over those games, the team can now set its sights on the remaining opponents on the schedule.
Wilton’s rushing attack was led by Colin Faherty, Nick Skillin and Liam Pierson, who scored Wilton’s lone touchdown on a 30-yard scamper in the 4th Quarter. Wilton’s blockers, including Bly Christianson, August Furman, Colton Korpan, Jack Condon, Mathew Fogarty, Cole Herbst, Charlie Heffernan, Finn Snyder, Michael Lenz, Jaxon Lin and Cooper Rekow, did their best to contain a strong NC defensive line, allowing the Wilton running game to have a few nice plays on the day.
Defensively, a few long plays were the difference in the game, with New Canaan scoring three long TD’s in the first half. The defense included Michael Duarte, Henry Snow, Brady Corry, Cody Korpan, Wyatt Kreter, Trey Rivera, Emmett Sommer, Mark Whitman, Denny Dustin and Dylan Flanagan.
Wilton’s next game is Saturday morning against a tough Ridgefield team; hopefully the young Warrior team can bounce back and end its season strong!