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Rolling in the Season
Westies thump Career/Hillhouse
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(September 12, 2019) 
- Always looking to start the season the right foot, the West Haven girls soccer team did exactly that Thursday afternoon in New Haven. With nine different players recording at least one point, West Haven cruised to a 7-1 victory over Career/Hillhouse in the season opener for both teams. 

Taylor Nowak and Cori Severino each led the offense with two goals and one assist, Emily Merola and Jessica Robinson each had a goal and an assist, and Selena Izzo added a pair of assists.   

















Riley Severino (5) and the Westies opened the 2019 season with a 7-1 victory over Career/Hillhouse, September 12, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

"It was a good opening effort from us," West Haven coach Pete Trenchard said. "We did a great job moving the ball and creating scoring chances. We had five different girls score, and everyone contributed on the field. I'm proud of the effort and the result. But, now we have to refocus and prepare for some tougher challenges."

The Westies took a 3-0 lead to the half and never looked back. Emily Merola scored with the help of Tomalyn Williams and Robinson at the 11 minute mark for a 1-0 lead. 

Just 4:38 later, Nowak's first of the game, with Severino and Izzo helping, gave the Westies a 2-0 advantage. Severino capped the first half scoring with her first tally of the game off a helper from Merola at the 39 minute mark.

Nowak opened the second half scoring for a 4-0 lead with Madison Lentine and Izzo helping, before Riley Severino set up Cori Severino for a 5-0 lead at the 46:24 mark. 

Robinson scored off a free kick at the 51 minute mark for a 6-0 advantage, and Emma Walker scored off an assist from Nowak for the final West Haven goal. 

The Westies held a 14-3 shot advantage in the game with junior Mackenzie Gardner and freshman Kassidy Carrano each making one save. 


SHA tops Westies
Westies thump Career/Hillhouse
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(September 14, 2019)
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The West Haven girls soccer team was looking to build off a solid start of the season when the Westies returned to Ken Strong Stadium for the home opener against Sacred Heart Academy Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately for the Westies, they could not keep the momentum going. The Sharks scored twice in the first nine minutes and never looked back in a 3-1 victory over West Haven.

















Emily Merola (11) looks to make a play against Sacred Heart Academy, September 14, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
“We came out flat and Sacred Heart punished us for it,” West Haven coach Pete Trenchard said. “We were not focused and found ourselves down two goals in the opening ten minutes. We had to chase the game from there. We were better in the second half, put some shots on target. We had a nice goal where freshmen Mya Bermudez drew a foul, and then Emma Walker played a nice ball for Julia Tsakonas to bury in the back of the net. Our final freshman, Kassidy Carrano played a solid second half in goal, keeping Sacred Heart off the score sheet."
The Sharks attacked from the start as Paige Johnson scored 5:01 in, and Lia Prato scored 4:04 later. When Chloe Falls scored at the 31:59 mark, Sacred Heart had a comfortable 3-0 advantage.
The Westies finally got on the scoreboard at the 65:22 mark when Emma Walker set a nice ball for Julia Tsakonas who scored West Haven’s lone tally of the game.

Ava King made two saves in the win for the Sharks, while Mackenzie Gardner and Kassidy Carrano each made three saves in the loss for West Haven.


Westies fall to Indians
Indians top WH 4-2
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(September 17, 2019) 
For the West Haven girls soccer team, it has not been home sweet home thus far in the 2019 season. With a 4-2 loss against North Haven Tuesday evening, the Westies fell to 1-2 overall on the year, and 0-2 at Ken Strong Stadium.
















Selena Izzo (4) fights for a loose ball against North Haven, September 17, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
The Indians scored three times in the first half and another early in the second to go up by four goals, before West Haven finally got going.
"We were flat in the first half tonight,” West Haven coach Pete Trenchard said. “The second half was better. We played with more intensity and more heart. If we had put that effort in for the entire match, it would have been a different story. We need to find a way to play like that from start to finish.”
Trailing by four goals, West Haven finally got in gear in the second half when senior Taylor Nowak scored off assists from freshmen Julia Tsakonas and Emma Walker with 11 minutes, 47 seconds to go in the contest.
Just 49 seconds later, West Haven was at it again. Senior Alexia Guerrero scored with help coming from sophomore Cori Severino and Tsakonas to get the Westies within a pair of goals. West Haven never got closer as North Haven held on for the win.
Junior Mackenzie Gardner made six saves and freshman Kassidy Carrano made four in the loss for West Haven. 

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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
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