Comeback Kids
Late rally propels Westies to draw with SHA
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(September 8, 2018)
 - For 60 minutes, the West Haven girls soccer team did not play to coach Pete Trenchard's liking. The final 20 minutes were a different story. 

Rallying from a two-goal second half deficit, the Westies opened the season with a 2-2 draw with Sacred Heart Academy at West Haven High Saturday evening. 

















West Haven celebrates Cori Severino's goal against Sacred Heart Academy, September 8, 2018. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

"We didn't play to our potential for most of the game, and we made some silly mistakes that led to us falling behind by two," Trenchard said. "We made a few changes and were able to battle back for the tie. I'm proud of how the girls kept their heads up and never gave in."

Trailing 2-0 in the second half, freshman Cori Severino got the Westies within striking distance when she scored off an assist from senior Kelsey Gilmore with 17 minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the game. 

















Mackenzie Gardner makes the save against Sacred Heart Academy, September 8, 2018. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

Less than four minutes later, the game was even. Junior Jessica Robinson sent a feed to junior Alexia Guerrero who found the back of the net to even the game at two with 14 minutes to go. 

​Sophomore Mackenzie Gardner made 5 saves in the game for the Westies. 


Showing Fight
Westies rally to top North Haven 2-1
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(September 11, 2018)
 - Through two games in the 2018 season, one thing is for sure with the West Haven girls soccer team. With plenty of grit, the Westies have shown they are never out of a game. 

After fighting back to play to a draw in the season opener, West Haven again rallied and topped North Haven 2-1 in North Haven Tuesday evening. 

"It was a good win for us," West Haven coach Pete Trenchard said. "We were down 1-0 early, but we were able to battle back and get two goals. North Haven was quick and aggressive and came at us hard. Both teams played tough and it was a very even game, the kind that could have gone either way."
Trailing 1-0, sophomore Kaylie Hollister evened the contest at one before the half off an assist from senior Kelsey Gilmore.

With play going back and forth, the Westies pulled ahead for good in the 73rd minute.

Senior Keegan Riccio scored the go-ahead goal with seven minutes left in the contest off an assist from junior Alexia Guerrero for a 2-1 lead West Haven never relinquished. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Mackenzie gardner made six saves in the win for the Westies.  


Guilford knots Westies
Westies move to 1-0-2 with draw
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(September 15, 2018)
 - The West Haven girls soccer team played to a 1-1 draw against Guilford Saturday in West Haven. With the tie, the Westies moved to 1-0-2 on the year. 

"This was a good result," West Haven coach Pete Trenchard said. "We went toe to toe with a perennial girls soccer power in the SCC. We played strong and aggressive, and limited them to shots from bad angles that Mack (Mackenzie Gardner) was able to save easily."

Jessica Robinson gave West Haven a 1-0 lead when she scored off an assist from Kelsey Gilmore at the three minute mark.

Guilford came right back just under four minutes later when Tatum Meder scored off an assist from Lily Riccio.

Guilford finished with nine shots to West Haven's five. Mackenzie Gardner finished with five saves. . 


​WH falls to Lauralton Hall
Westies drop 2-1 decision
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(September 18, 2018) 
- Looking to pick up its second win of the season, the West Haven girls soccer team traveled to Milford Tuesday afternoon to play Lauralton Hall. 

Unable to get going, the Westies struggled and fell 2-1. With the loss, West Haven dropped to 1-1-2 on the year. 

















Keegan Riccio (17) and the West Haven girls soccer team fell against Lauralton Hall, September 18, 2018. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

"We weren't at our best today," West Haven coach Pete Trenchard said. "Lauralton came at us and we struggled to find a rhythm in the game. We had a few good chances, but we couldn't capitalize. They were the better team on the day."

















Cori Severino (20) and the West Haven girls soccer team fell against Lauralton Hall, September 18, 2018. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
Keegan Riccio scored the lone West Haven goal with an unassisted tally, while Mackenzie Gardner played well and finished with seven saves. 


Hand blanks Westies
West Haven falls 2-0
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(September 20, 2018)
 - After dropping a tough match against Lauralton Hall, the West Haven girls soccer team was looking to rebound. Playing a hard-nosed team in Hand, West Haven could not get on the scoreboard in a 2-0 loss at Ken Strong Stadium Thursday evening. 

















The Westies fight for possession against Hand-Madison, September 20, 2018. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

"We played well against a strong team," West Haven coach Pete Trenchard said. "They got one early on us and the second came as we were pushing for an equalizer. We were organized defensively and created a few quality chances offensively. We were unlucky a few times, but overall we played a good game. "

















Jessica Robinson against Hand-Madison, September 20, 2018. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

The Tigers scored 9 minutes, 47 seconds into the game and that was all they would need, holding West Haven to just five shots in the contest. West Haven played evenly, but Hand capped the game with a goal with 6:20 remaining. 

Mackenzie Gardner made seven saves n the loss. 


Westies blank Lyman Hall
Severino, Gardner lead way in 1-0 victory
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(September 22, 2018) 
- The West Haven girls soccer team snapped its two-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over Lyman Hall Saturday morning in Wallingford. With the win, the Westies improved to 2-2-2 on the season. 

"We played well from start to finish, and kept the play in their half for much of the game," West Haven coach Pete Trenchard said. "We were unlucky not to have three or four goals. If we keep this level going forward, we will be tough to beat."

Freshman Cori Severino scored the lone West Haven goal off an assist from Selena Izzo. 

With the one goal, sophomore Mackenzie Gardner did the rest, stopping all three shots she faced for the shutout. 


​Gardner, Gilmore lead WH past Easties Westies top EH 1-0
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(September 26, 2018) 
- The West Haven girls soccer team improved to 3-2-2 with a 1-0 victory over East Haven Wednesday evening at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven.

Playing solid defensively for the second straight contest, the Westies posted their second straight shutout. Mackenzie Gardner made three saves, posting her second straight shutout, in another solid effort. 

















Mackenzie Gardner posted her second straight shutout in a win over East Haven, September 26, 2018. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

"It was an important win for us," West Haven coach Pete Trenchard said. "East Haven was compact and tough to break down, but Kelsey scored a great goal from a nice passing sequence, capped off by Cori playing a great through ball. They kept a lot of pressure on us until the very end, but we were able to hold them off and get the win."

















West Haven again had a solid defensive effort against East Haven, September 26, 2018. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

With the defense not allowing a goal, West Haven was able to convert in the second half as the result of nice passing.

Freshman Cori Severino capped the attack with a perfect through ball to senior Kelsey Gilmore, who finished to give West Haven a 1-0 lead at the 36:04 mark of the second half. 

Gilmore's goal was all West Haven needed as a solid defensive effort yet again paved the way to the win. 


Defensive

Westies post 3rd straight shutout in win over Foran
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(September 27, 2018) 
- West Haven coach Pete Trenchard constantly reminds his players the importance of defense. The teacher is no doubt getting through to the students. 

Playing tough once again, the Westies posted their third consecutive shutout victory with a 1-0 win over Foran Thursday evening in Milford. The victory allowed the Westies to improve to 4-2-2 on the season.

















Julia Walker (8) against Foran, September 27, 2018. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

"It was nice to get the win away from home," Trenchard said. "We weren't at our best, but we were able to grind it out and get the result. Being 4-2-2 at the midway point of the season puts us in good shape. Every game is a grind, but the team is getting results and working hard."

















Emily Merola (11) against Foran, September 27, 2018. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

After a scoreless first half, West Haven scored the only goal of the contest in the second half at the 49:30 mark.

Set up with a corner kick, West Haven and Foran had a scramble in the box. Sophomore Selena Izzo came up with the loose ball and deposited a shot in the back of the goal for the only goal the Westies would need. 

The defense and goalkeeper Mackenzie Gardner did the rest. Foran was held to seven shots in the game with Gardner turning aside all seven.   

The Westies finished with six shots in the contest. 











All Knotted Up
Late rally propels Westies to draw with SHA
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(October 5, 2018) 
- After being shut out by Sacred Heart Academy, t
he West Haven girls soccer team was looking to get in the win column against North Haven Friday evening. Jumping out to an early lead, the Westies were in good position to do so.

Unfortunately for the Westies, they could not hold on. With a late goal, the Indians were able to come away with a 1-1 tie
“North Haven was a tough team that kept us under a lot of pressure,” West Haven coach Pete Trenchard said. “We went up early through a Kelsey Gilmore goal, but North Haven was able to tie it midway through the second half. Overall, a tie was a fair result.”

​West Haven's lone goal came off the foot of Kelsey Gilmore. Mackenzie Gardner made six saves in the draw. 


Guilford tops Westies
WH winless in last three contests
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(October 9, 2018)
 - The West Haven girls soccer is winless in its last three games after dropping a 3-0 decision in Guilford Tuesday evening. The loss dropped West Haven to 4-4-3 on the season. 

"We didn't play poorly, but three mistakes cost us three goals," West Haven coach Pete Trenchard said. "We played hard to the end, and forced their goalie to make some good saves. I'm upset with the result, but not the effort."

Mackenzie Gardner made six saves in the loss. 


Lauralton blanks Westies
Winless streak reaches four
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(October 12, 2018) -
 Sometimes the better team does not always win. Just ask the West Haven girls soccer team. 

Despite playing extremely well offensive, defensively and in goal, the Westies were unable to come away with a victory Friday night. 

Using a late goal. Lauralton Hall nipped the Westies 1-0 at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. The loss extended West Haven's losing streak to two games and their winless streak to four games as it fell to 4-5-3 on the year. 

"That is the bad thing about our game," West Have coach Pete Trenchard said. "The better team doesn't always win. We outplayed a good team tonight, but they we able to sneak a late goal in against us. I am very proud of the team tonight and how hard they played. It's tough, but I'm upset with the result, definitely not with the effort."

Mackenzie Gardner made six saves in the loss. 

All-State players - Carlin Guarneri '96; Danielle Lacroix '99; Rebecca Sampara '07; Nicole Pacapelli '09; Gabriella Reis '11; Marisa Pacapelli '13; Marisa Pacapelli '14; Gabi Prisco '16
Retired numbers - Carlin Guarneri (Class of 1997) #1

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