Each week, GOOD Morning Wilton will run news of weekend results and scores from Wilton youth sports teams. Please send all stories and updates, along with a photo, to editor@goodmorningwilton.com by noon on Monday of each week. Stories received after the deadline may not be included. Result write-ups will be grouped by sport and published in the order they are received.

Field Hockey

Wilton 5/6 Blue Rides Pink Wave to Victory Over Westport, 2-0

Wilton 5/6 Blue showed that wearing pink and playing tough go hand in hand. Saturday, Oct. 15 was the annual Play for Pink game and Team 5/6 athletes wore their pink uniforms in their game against Westport to show their unity in the Fight for a Cure.

Virginia Hastings started the scoring early in the first half and 5/6 Blue never looked back. Joining the strong front line attack were Mela Rutkowski, Madeline Levy, Katherine Costanzo, Grace Bernardini, Grace DiBuono-Krafick and Poppy Herve. The middies for Wilton kept up the pressure on Westport. Caroline Yoon, Katie Brandt, Aimee Rovere and Ella Mancuso kept pushing the play forward all game. The scoring continued as Elizabeth Kendra added another first half goal for Wilton. That was all they would need to secure the win. The defense of Carly Russell, Avery Schestag, Eva Filipponi and Violet Smith shut down Westport while Hannah Fitzgerald blocked every shot in goal. The team looks to keep up the momentum as they travel to Danbury next Saturday.

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Wilton Youth Field Hockey is proud of their Play for Pink tradition, with 100-percent of the funds raised from the sale of its t-shirts going directly to the Norwalk and Stamford foundations that support breast cancer screening and research dedicated to finding a cure.

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Soccer

Wilton Boys U11 Blue Dominate Shelton, 6-2

On a beautiful autumn day, Wilton BU11 Blue dominated their opponents from Shelton from the outset. A speedy first goal by Connor Buchichio was quickly followed by a powerful second goal by Declan Zadourian. A solid defense made up of Henry Roy, Cam Royle and Finn Kaeyer kept Shelton at bay while Charlie Clune was impenetrable in goal. Mac McGovern, Luke Ginsburg and Andrew Ryan kept moving the ball up the field and Tucker Farrell found the back of the net from a rebound which cemented a comfortable 3-0 lead at the end of first half.

The second half was even more aggressively played. Shelton scored, then Buchichio got his second goal assisted by Jamie Whittaker. Ryan and Farrell each did a great job in goal. A penalty resulted in a second goal for Shelton, which was quickly answered by an impressive leftie goal by Ginsburg, followed by a well-struck volley into the roof of Shelton’s net by Whittaker. The final score was 6-2 to Wilton’s boys.

Wilton Girls U10 White Soccer Fight Hard but Lose 1-2 to Westport

It was a beautiful Sunday morning when Wilton Girls U10 White played home against Westport. The Wilton girls had a spirited offensive attack throughout the game with Abbey Phelan, Sophia Partola, Julia Munrow, Grace Ratcliffe, Ellie Drew, Mia Sommer, Caroline Cronin and Ashley O’Donnell. Wilton made the first score of the game by Ratcliffe from a nice pass by Cronin. Chloe Flatt, Elizabeth Crocitto and Quincey Burke played a strong defense throughout. Sommer, Crocitto and Phelan had many great saves at goalie in the first and second half of the game. Wilton had some great runs and strikes and kept the pressure on Westport but ended in a 1-2 loss.

Wilton Girls U11 Gold Blanks Greenwich, 6-0

Wilton GU11 Gold was unstoppable on Sunday against Greenwich Freedom. They dominated the play early with strong offensive performances by Maddy Gillespie and Mia Robustelli. Anisa Burrows scored several goals in the first few minutes of play including one off an assist from Megan Dodman. Sasha Langholm scored off an assist from Maddie Phelan, who then found the net twice herself. Julia Steenbock scored the final goal of the game. Wilton had an impressive wall of defense anchored by Caroline Luce, Grace Biondo and Macy Tiche. Abigail Schmitt had another perfect game in goal.

Undefeated Wilton 2007 Boys Blue Rack Up Another Win, Defeating Westport, 6-0

The Wilton Blue 2007 Boys team continued its winning ways Sunday afternoon with a solid, 6-0 win on the road against the formidable and physical Westport White team. Playing with confidence, tenacity and a lot of smiles on a gorgeous fall afternoon, the boys dominated the game on both sides of the pitch.

Charlie Roy and Maddox Backman each scored two goals, with Roy narrowly missing a hat trick late in the game and Backman scoring late in the game on a pretty set piece on a free kick taken by Steph CrossAlessandro Ochoa and Luke Perna each added nice-looking, well-executed goals. Throughout the game, Matt DeMasi, Evan Lalor, Amit Solomon and Will Soucy battled their Westport counterparts with speed and grit and helped maintain consistent ball pressure. DeMasi also notched two assists, with Finn Burke adding another.

Jack Barker, Burke and Backman (with a style of play befitting a swarm of “B’s,”) anchored the team’s usual dominating defense, helping to close the door and frustrate one Westport advance after another. Both Roy and Soucy played aggressive, strong shutout halves in goal.

Overall the team had a great deal of fun Sunday and remains undefeated in regular season play. The team looks to continue their winning ways next Sunday at home against Fairfield.

Wilton 2007 Boys White Tie Fairfield, 2-2

Wilton 2007 Boys White battled to a 2-2 tie against Fairfield. Fairfield scored on a breakaway quickly followed by a goal from Tyler Coppola off a rocket shot from Dominick Cliento. Strong performances in the first half were turned in by Toby Plowright and Jack Vermeulen in defense and Evan Arghirescu in goal. In the second half, Fairfield scored on a penalty kick. Andrew Partenza scored quickly after an excellent pass from Nathaniel Kalter. The team also saw strong performances from Liam Christ, Kenji Sahay, Conor Toohill and Matt Martins.

Wilton’s Boys U11 Blue Narrowly Miss Win Against Stamford, 4-5

Wilton’s Boys U11 Blue faced off against the Stamford Hurricanes. In the first half, Charlie Clune had a great show as goalkeeper, giving up one goal to the Hurricanes, aided by great defensive play by Andrew Ryan and Finn KaeyerMac McGovern scored two goals, with great offense by Luke Ginsberg, Connor Buchichio, Jamie Whittaker, Griffin Palmer and Tucker FarrellHenry Roy also scored two goals, bringing the score to 4-1 at the half. In the second half, the Hurricanes mounted a comeback, scoring three goals to tie the game with five seconds left. On a last-second goal, Stamford won leaving the Warriors with a heartbreaking 4-5 loss.

Wilton Boys U10 Gold Play Hard but Fall to Greenwich, 2-3

It was a beautiful fall day on Sunday when the Wilton 2007 Boys U10 Gold soccer team traveled down to Greenwich to take on the Greenwich Milan 07 team. The game kicked off with Ryan Miller in goal, and he together with excellent defensive efforts by Reed O’Neill, Brian Sallese and Ronan O’Halloran only allowed in one goal during the first half. Or Eisdorfer made some great plays on forward and Mason Behar had a fantastic goal on a breakaway to tie it up by halftime.

The second half started with Nick Eberhart in goal. Billy Stofega and Theo Satrazemis did an excellent job moving the ball up the field and dropping back to play defense. Greenwich was able to score two more goals, but the Warriors never gave up. Off of a nice, quick throw-in, Andrew Mims scored the second and final goal of the day for Wilton. While the game ended 2-3, Wilton had a spirited comeback and played hard as a team together.

Wilton 2008 Girls U9 Blue Defeat Trumbull, 7-2

Wilton Girls Blue U9 played a strong game on a crisp Sunday afternoon and came up victorious over Trumbull United Jaguars with a final score of 7-2.

Wilton’s offense was relentless with goals by Kelly Mancuso (3), Rose Mallory (2), Arden Taubin (1) and Lilliana Todd (1). Ella Loughran, Schuyler Groves and Keira Rafferty supported the offensive onslaught with a number of assists.

The defense, anchored by Charlotte Mannix and Rose Bilella, kept the ball out of Wilton’s half for the majority of the game. Maia Andjelkovic and Kerry Dodman were near perfect in net over the course of the game.

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Wilton Boys U9 Blue Lose to Fairfield, 4-6

Wilton U9 Boys Blue team faced a tough challenge from Fairfield last Sunday losing 4-6. Blake Ongley played tough and scored first. Liam Joy made skilled runs and followed with the second and fourth goals. On a beautiful run Cooper Buchichio scored goal number three.

Brendan Morris and Nicolas Marini hustled and made great supporting runs throughout the game. Jake Padilla and Nolan Milhoua played solid defense and stopped many of Fairfield’s break-a-ways. Eamonn Zadourian and Jimmy Dineen did great jobs in goal, but Fairfield capitalized on a couple of mistakes to net three goals in each half. Harrison DeStefano and Brad Mallory were out with illness and injury. Despite the loss, it was a great team effort.

Wilton 2002-03 Girls Blue Victorious Over Southington, 4-1

The Wilton 2002-03 Girls Blue soccer team travelled upstate to Southington for a Connecticut Cup game and they came home with a 4-1 victory. Wilton played aggressively from the start and their play was rewarded 15 minutes into the game when Kira Howard scored the game’s first goal.

With the game tied at the half, Wilton started the second half strongly. Soon after play began, Ellen Chiappetta broke the tie with a strong scoring shot. A few minutes later, Alessia Cawley broke the game open with Wilton’s third goal. Ashley Carbonier scored the game’s final goal, converting a beautiful through-ball from Hailey Smith. Grace Cahill had another stellar performance in goal for Wilton, which moves on to play its quarterfinal game this Saturday.

Wilton Boys U9 White Falls to Greenwich for First Loss of the Season, 4-8

The Wilton Boys U9 White team played hard but fell to Greenwich Roma on Sunday afternoon for their first regular season loss. Playing on a short field, the boys adjusted and attacked quickly. Dalton Lee and Michael DiLullo keyed the attack with some quick bursts forward from the midfield. Jack McMenamey played great in goal with several saves from point blank range. Mick Hamilton and Wyatt Lee got Wilton on the board with first half goals.

The pace quickened in the second half and the boys held the score close until late in the game. Bar Eisdorfer pressed the action on a few occasions and Greg Bocchino made some big runs upfield. Peter Braid and Anthony Palumbo helped control pace in the midfield and created opportunities for their teammates. Jack Cunningham played the second half in goal and helped minimize the damage from opposing attack. McMenamey and Robbie Baronowski added in second half goals to complete the scoring for Wilton as they ultimately fell 4 – 8. The boys will look to get back on the winning track this Sunday at home against Trumbull.

Football

Wilton 7th Grade Blue Locks in First Place, Shutting Out New Canaan 20-0

The undefeated New Canaan Red 7th grade team came into Warrior territory looking to extend their first place position Saturday under the lights. The Wilton Blue 7th grade “buffalo warrior” squad sent them back home in second place with a dominating 20-0 win. Wilton now sits atop their division in first place and a chance to win home field advantage throughout the playoffs with another win next weekend. The Warriors have rallied five straight wins with a variety of offensive sets, an aggressive defense, and a full team effort each week.

The Warriors drove down the field on the opening possession of the game with a 9-minute drive as Kevin Hyzy took a quarterback sneak in from the 1-foot line on fourth down to go up 7-0 (Dylan Smith kicked the extra point). Jake Sommer, Matthew Claps, Sean Wisemen and Ben Calabrese took turns running inside the tackles and executing crosses on the 13-play drive against a tough and blitzing Ram defense. The offensive line led by Connor Robertson, Dylan Smith, Eddie Keller, Quinn Kiss and Michael Breen controlled the line of scrimmage throughout the drive which wore down the New Canaan defense before Hyzy snuck in for the first score.

New Canaan tried to run their PowerStack on their first drive of the game but the Warrior defense–led by Matthew Giller and Craig Hyzy at ends plus George DiRicco, Keller, Sommer, Claps and K. Hyzy at linebackers–stuffed the Rams, forcing a punt. After a shifty run back by Mikey Longo, the Warriors drove to the Ram 40 with great drive blocking by Nevin Belanger, Calabrese, Daniel Doran, Ciara Garcia and Michael Munrow, but New Canaan picked off a deflected pass to take over just before the half. Once again, Wilton’s aggressive defense dominated the line of scrimmage with Michael Whitman, Giller, C. Hyzy, Robertson, Joe Schiavone and Smith stopping the Rams’ drive. At the half, Wilton led 7-0.

The Rams punted again in their opening drive of the second half and the Warriors made them pay. With New Canaan clogging the middle, Sommer took a sweep around the left side and after three stiff arms he galloped into the end zone for a 60 yard run, bringing Wilton to 14-0 (and Smith kicking the extra point again).

With New Canaan down by two scores and only one quarter left they took to the air. But with the rush of Robertson and Keller, plus defensive back play from Wisemen, Longo, Belanger and DiRocco (who intercepted another pass this weekend), the boys refused to allow the Rams into Warrior territory. Wilton closed out the scoring with a few minutes to go in the fourth quarter as Sommer took another sweep to the right following a pancake block by Claps and snuck in by the cone to make it 20-0 and seal the victory and first place.

Wilton plays the combined Weston-Aspetuck next Saturday to close out the regular season.

Wilton 4th Grade Blue Suffers Tough Loss to Ridgefield, 8-20

The 4th Grade Blue game on Saturday was a lot closer than the final score would indicate. Big plays by Ridgefield made the difference, but the rest of the contest was evenly matched. Defense dominated the game, with the first four possessions of the game–for both teams–going three-and-out. On the next drive, however, Ridgefield broke through with a long touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage to go up 0-7.

The rest of the first half was back to tough defense on both sides, with Wilton getting tremendous stops from Cole Siegel, Liam Snyder, Luke Ginsburg, Liam Murphy and Nate Jackson.

Wilton came out of halftime strong, scoring on their first possession on a 60-yard touchdown run by Cael Dexter, who benefitted from great downfield blocking from his backfield mate, Jack Schwartz, and linemen, Cole Galante, Jack Huntley and Liam McKiernan. Ginsburg put the Warriors up 8-7 with a perfect PAT. Wilton continued to play tough defense, with solid tackling by CJ Young, Maja Driscoll, Ryan Luchetta, Henry Soojian, Ryan Meenan, Ryan Stocker, Jaxon Thomas, Connor Boland, and Ray Ferranti. Despite solid running from Charlie Keller, Will Cristini, Jackson, Schwartz and Ginsburg, the Warriors struggled to get back to the end zone. In the end, it was two more big plays from the Ridgefield offense that ended the Warriors’ chances for victory.

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Cael Dexter’s 60-yd. touchdown run

Wilton 3rd Grade Warriors Continue Undefeated Run with Win Over New Canaan, 14-8

Wilton 3rd Grade continued its undefeated season with a hard-fought victory at home over New Canaan, improving its record to an impressive 6-0.

New Canaan started the first quarter strong, marching the ball down field with precision. Despite powerful penetration from Wilton’s defensive line and tough tackling from the backfield, New Canaan’s eight-minute drive ended with a touchdown and a field goal.

Wilton immediately battled back with quarterback Charlie Calabrese, putting the ball in the hands of Craig O’Neill, Jake Padilla, Kieran Wiseman and Emma VanHeyst. Behind a strong offensive line led by Hunter Lishnoff, Grant Stein, Max Totten, Lincoln Jones, Josh Meltzer, Evan Christianson, Theo Satrazemis and Phillip Mouracade, Wilton was able to power their way up field with a series of first downs before they were forced to punt.

The Wilton defense proved why they are a force to be reckoned with, shutting New Canaan down with powerful pass defense and dominating tackles by Marco Chila, Charlie Roy, Calabrese, Quint Furman and Blake Ongley.

Quarterback Calabrese once again took charge of the situation, handing the ball off to O’Neill who broke through three tackles before finding daylight, sprinting 80 yards into the end zone making the score 8-6.

Unfortunately, Wilton was not able to convert the extra point.

New Canaan’s offense tried to expand their lead going into halftime, but Wilton’s defense was once again unrelenting, thanks to the strong play of Chila, Mason Behar and Will Byrnes.

Wilton started the second half with the ball as the offensive line continued to give Calabrese and the running backs room to work. After a few rushes for small gains, Calabrese launched a 22-yard pass connecting with Roy for a Wilton touchdown. Calabrese followed this up by running in the two-point conversion, making the score 14-8.

Pressure by Wilton’s defensive line, including William McDonald, Lishnoff, Stein and Totten, as well as tackles by Wiseman, Trepan Goldman, O’ Neill and Padilla, plus a crucial quarterback sack by Chila and Calabrese, helped keep New Canaan from scoring in the fourth quarter, solidifying Wilton’s win.

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Wilton 6 Blue Dominates Darien Wave, 19-8

Wilton 6 Blue played Darien Wave Saturday night under a full moon in a game that was dominated by Wilton. The Warriors’ defense held Darien to negative yardage in the first half. Defensive line pressure from Jamie Cristini, Andrew Kress, Will Soojian, Bobby Dipalma, Jake MacIntyre and James Flynn kept Darien on their heels. Defensive ends Nick Walden and Colin Randol pressured from the edge while Wilton’s backers swooped in for the tackles. On offense Wilton’s offensive line of William Drew, Luke Totten, Griffen Turner, Alexander Dempster, Jamie Cristini, Andrew Kress and Christian Kaczynski dominated the line of scrimmage.

Wilton scored three touchdowns in the evening giving them a 19-0 lead late into the game. The first touchdown was on a Charlie Guglielmo run on Wilton’ sixth play of their first drive. Several long runs by Spencer Liston and Charlie Rath put Wilton in scoring position. The second touchdown came on a 55-yard pass from Andrew Acosta-Rua to Caleb Rath on the second offensive series of the game. Liston added the third touchdown of the game on a 35-yard run and Xander Petrides ran in the point after. Other notable plays in the game were a sack by Soojian and an interception by Liston.

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Andrew Acosta-Rua (#3) throws deep in Saturday night’s game

Wilton 8th Grade Blue Ties Darien, 14-14

Despite a terrific defensive performance throughout the game, Wilton 8 Blue gave up two big plays including a long touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to tie Darien Blue 14-14 in FCFL action at Darien High School on Sunday.

Wilton’s defensive line of Ryan MacDougall, Brian Cipri, Christian Theoharides, Kyle Jordan, Brad Barker and Jack Carroll brought immense pressure to the Darien offense from the outset, with Barker stopping the ball carrier for no gain on the game’s first play.

After a punt, the Warriors took over on their own 27 yard line but after one first down were forced to punt themselves, resulting in a 79-yard return touchdown and a 7-0 lead for the Blue Wave late in the first quarter.

Things looked bleak for the Warriors when an interception was returned to the Wilton five. However, a huge stop for a 4-yard loss by Jordan, another tackle for loss by Carroll, and great pass defense by Max Mannino gave the ball to the Warriors on downs.

The defense remained tough on Darien’s next possession, forcing a punt that resulted in a spectacular return. Matt Goldstein fielded the kick at the Darien 21 and then handed to Kiel Polito, who broke several tackles on his way to a 35-yard return to the Darien 46, where the offense began to gain traction. With the offensive line of Cipri, Barker, Jordan, Carroll and Trey Dexter opening holes and providing excellent pass protection, the Warriors drove down the field. Tough running by Goldstein and Jermaine Vincent was mixed with two pass receptions by Polito to get Wilton to the Darien 17. With time waning in the half, Everett Andersen’s pass was snagged by Mannino on the left sideline and taken in to the end zone for a game-tying touchdown.

It is said that the best defense is a good offense, which the Warriors proved in the second half. With Vincent, MacDougall and Polito churning out yards on the ground, Wilton embarked on a 16-play, 11-minute 24-second drive that consumed the entire third quarter. Connor Healey’s highlight reel, 22-yard reception of an Andersen pass and two fourth down conversions kept the drive alive. Vincent’s 4-yard plunge and MacDougall’s kick put the Warriors up 14-7.

Wilton’s swarming defense, including Robert Rios, completely stopped the run, forcing Darien to the air where they had more success, until Vincent tipped a pass which Mannino intercepted.

On their next possession, with just 2:15 remaining, Darien completed a 41-yard catch and run touchdown pass to tie the game at 14 apiece.

Running the two minute drill, Andersen marched the Warriors all the way to the Darien 21 via the pass where the drive and the game ended with an interception.