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Wilton Boys U11 White, SCOR Tournament Division Winners
Congrats to the Wilton Boys U11 White team for winning their division at the annual SCOR Columbus Day Tournament.
Going into their fourth and final game of the day, the boys were undefeated in their previous three games (3-1, 2-0, 8-1), but the final opponent would prove to be a tough one. Weston U11 had soundly defeated this same Wilton squad 6-2 just two weeks earlier.
Defenders Matthew Whitman, Vihan Jayawardhane, Cameron Bear and Thomas Welch consistently cleared the box, moving the ball down to midfielders Jack Michael, Tyler Goncalves, Aidan McCarthy, Charles Fleckenstein, Gavin Lapore and Geir Magnusson. Strikers Luke Yerrall, AJ Goncalves and Lucas Rodrigues shouldered their way through defenders to put the ball on net multiple times.
While Weston quickly took the lead 2-1, coach for the second year running, Ritesh Mistry, told the boys at halftime, “It’s yours if you want it,” spurring the critical tie goal and inspiring a defense that denied Weston’s formidable players more goals for the day.
Also contributing to the victory, were the solidly performing goalkeepers Brendan Morrissy, Luke Yerrall and Jack Michael, who allowed just four goals combined in four games. Wilton U11 White next plays the Trumbull Terminators this Saturday.
Wilton 5-Blue 14, Ridgefield 14
Wilton 5-Blue traveled to the swamps of Ridgefield’s East Ridge Middle School to play a physical Ridgefield team this past Saturday, Oct. 10.
Wilton’s Defensive line set the tone early with several 3-and-outs and their best game of the year. Nicholas Walden and Jamie Cristini each had multiple tackles from the defensive line. Walden’s biggest tackle of the day came when he beat a double team block and stuffed the Ridgefield runner on a critical extra point run.
Linebackers Xander Petrides and Griffin Turner also had very solid games.
Wilton’s offense was methodical and controlled the clock and the line of scrimmage for most of the game. Wilton’s offensive line of Tristen Burke, Luke Totten, Merrick Snyder, Jake Enman, Cristini and Colin Randol allowed Wilton to drive the ball inside the tackles and score on a Petrides power run.
A two-point conversion and a score by Ridgefield on a “Hail Mary” pass on the last play of the half made the score 8-6. Two turnovers in the second half ended successful Wilton drives, one leading to a second Ridgefield score and additional two-point conversion late in the game, giving Wilton its first deficit of the game at 8-14.
With 01:50 left in in the game, Wilton’s two-minute offense was able to drive 70 yds. in seven plays and score the tying touchdown on a Spencer Liston run. Unfortunately Wilton’s attempt to score the game winning extra point came up short.