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WEST HAVEN YOUTH SOCCER 2018
(October 16, 2018) - Although the rain impacted much of the past weekend for the West Haven Youth Soccer League, a travel teams were able to get their games in. The West Haven U11 boys travel team traveled up I95 on Saturday to face Branford in a rematch of the WHIT U11 championship game from the previous weekend. This time the Westies came out on top with a thrilling 3-2 win on a muddy, sloppy Jefferson Field. Sean Studley flicked in the game-winning goal in the closing minutes to cap off the come from behind win for West Haven. The Westies took the lead in the first half on Jovan Lakaj's 20 yard chip over the Branford goalkeeper. Branford tied the game at 1-1 despite the best efforts of Westie goalie Rafi Treat. Treat made all kinds of spectacular saves- diving, leaping, point blank- to keep the Westies in the game in the first half. Branford scored early in the second half before West Haven mounted their comeback. Studely spun in the box and fired to the far post to tie the game at 2-2 midway through the half. Studley then redirected Matt Panton's shot past a diving goalkeeper to ice the win with under two minutes remaining. The West Haven backline of Panton, Nate Charron and Efrain Brown played extremely well throughout the match despite the difficult conditions.
The West Haven U14/U15 boys travel team took to the road for two games this past weekend. The first, Friday night, was a league game under the lights at Breen Field in Naugatuck. The Naugy river ran wild as the hosts outscored the Westies 3-1. The scoreline didn't show the team play and ball possession by the Westies. Naugatuck came out first and scored midway through the first half. The Westies pushed forward and attacked on several occasions. On one attempt, Munib Kassem broke through two central defenders and was taken down inside the penalty box. Kassem capitalized on the ensuing penalty kick and tied the game at 1-1. The Westies had many attempts at goal, but were unable to capitalize and allowed Naugatuck two goals in the second half. On Saturday, the team went up to Madison to play at Salt Meadow Park. Though Madison found the back of the net first, the Westies found strength in the familiar salty air and scored four unanswered goals. Kassem scored first, tying the game at 1-1. Zachary Guy put the Westies ahead with some smooth footwork as he drove past defenders and unleashed a precision shot past the Madison keeper. Collin Charron started the second half in an unfamiliar position at striker. Normally Charron anchors the back line, but his natural athleticism and ball handling skills transferred quickly as he dribbled along the endline and beat the Madison keeper near side to put the Westies up 3-1. Charron was not the only player finding himself in an unfamiliar position. After a solid first half in goal by Mikey Luth, Robert Foley made an impressive return in goal. David Smith, normally a stalwart at the back, found himself at striker, putting in a good showing. Kassem capped off the scoring with a well placed shot from nearly 30 yards out.
The Elite Soccer Camps U14 Girls travel team hosted East Haven late Saturday afternoon. The field was wet and slippery, but the girls survived the rough field conditions to finish the game as 5-1 winners. After going at East Haven hard from the very beginning, the Westies found it hard to find the back of the net early on. The breakthrough came after the 20 minute mark when Emma Walker nailed in a shot and then Julia Tsakonas netted a goal from a great Ariana Izzo through ball that originated with some quick passing and combination play from Olivia Trenchard and Ava Murphy at the holding midfield spot. The Westies kept the pressure on, with Camryn Flaherty and Cynthia Burns looking to make passes forward and get involved in the attack. In the second half, Camryn Beauvais scored off a rebound and Izzo added to the scoreline after dribbling through four East Haven defenders and putting a shot into the upper right corner. Isabelle Nagle, Josephina Lakaj and Abigail Phelan kept the pressure on East Haven's backs late in the game to help secure the win for West Haven.
(October 23, 2018) - The Baybrook Remodelers, Inc U11 Boys Travel team shut-out Wallingford 2-0 Saturday afternoon in a tightly contested game at Veteran's Park in Wallingford. It was a back and forth match in the first half as both teams created opportunities. Maicon Miguel made several saves for the Westies, while Pedro Furtado, Ryan Malone, Leo Mazuroski and Mehmet Aciker controlled the midfield. In the second half, West Haven broke through for the opening goal. Sean Studley flicked Efrain Brown's throw-in over the goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead. Late in the game, Malone's cross was redirected by Pacey Larka and eventually knocked in for an own goal and the 2-0 scoreline. Brown, Nate Charron and Matt Panton were terrific on defense for the Westies. The Stowe's Seafood U14 Boys Travel team hosted Hamden at Duffy Field this past Saturday in their league game. The Westies came out strong with a three goal lead behind goals from Edgar Lopez, Diego Soto and Sebastian Treat. The Westies were unable to defend the lead however, and allowed Hamden to battle their way back into the game. Late fouls, turnovers, and defensive lapses gave way to three unanswered Hamden goals. The game ended in a 3-3 tie, ending the fall league, ending the fall league play with the Westies holding a 2-1-1 record. The U14 Westies will be back in action this weekend in a non-league matchup against Madison. The Elite Soccer Camps West Haven U14 Girls Travel team traveled to Branford Saturday afternoon in an important league match-up. The Westies started the game slowly, falling behind 2-0 early on. The girls found their groove however, and cut the deficit in half by halftime. The second half was a complete turnaround, as the Westies took control of the game, coming from 2-1 down to win 5-2. Julia Tsakonas played well up top, supported in midfield by Brooke Flaherty. Jospehina Lakaj played well on the wing, and Brooke Throm did a superb job at outside back in the win for the Westies.
Sunday afternoon saw the Elite Soccer Camps U12 Girls Lightning Travel team take on the Gunning Law Firm U12 Girls Thunder Travel team in the cold, blistery conditions. The two West Haven teams battled back and forth in the first half, with Sydni Gayle making a number of beautiful diving saves before Jaylyn Powell was able to sneak one past her to give the Lightning the 1-0 lead going into halftime. Taylor Guarino and Isabella Melissano battled each other for midfield dominance, as Ashlynn Trenchard and Amanda Fagnani had their own mini-battle going on at the outside wing. The second half saw the teams trade shots back and forth, with the Thunder almost equalizing from an Amyah Kelly shot that was just save by Llyana Griffith-Waite in the goal for the Lightning. The Lightning soon took control, aided by the strong wind at their back. Alexandria Nunes scored a nice goal with a well placed shot, and Powell found the back of the net again off a one timer from an Nunes cross. The Thunder did score towards the end of the game when Madyson Ortiz found the back of the net, but the Lightning prevailed 5-1.
The Rock House School of Music West Haven U12 Boys had an exciting 2-0 win over Meriden on Saturday. Matthew Hunter played strong offensively while Brian Cruz tapped in West Haven’s first goal of the game. Bobby Severino and Tom Williams kept Meriden at bay with their strong defensive plays. During the second half, Ethan Masoperh fought through the Meriden defense for a second goal, securing the win for West Haven. The Milano & Wanat U10 Girls Travel team shut out all three teams they faced this weekend. On Friday night, under the lights in Naugatuck, the girls won 6-0. Valentina DeMartino was unstoppable in goal. Madison Gargiulo and Amiyah Jones showed great defense. On Saturday, the U10s travel girls faced off with Cheshire at home, for a 6-0 win. Cristel Miguel joined Valentina DeMartino in goal and kept Cheshire from scoring. On Sunday, the team traveled to Madison for a cold and windy afternoon game. With an ending score of 6-0, goals were scored by Camilla Murphy (2), Kayci Gayle, Cristel Miguel, Amiyah Jones and Bella Antonucci. Great defense by Michelle Mora-Cyrus and amazing speed and footskills by Marcy Funke. The U10 Girls Travel team will go into their last weekend of Fall soccer with an 11-0 season.
The Dillman & Dillman Adjusters, LLC Blue Jays won in a close contest against the Cappetta's Italian Imports Killer Bees, coming out on top 11-9. Stella Porto once again lead the offensive attack with multiple goals, while Brooklynn Omara and Julissa Oliveras showed excellent footwork, with Allison Buccheri playing great defense for the Blue Jays. For the Cappetta's Italian Imports Killer Bees Annabelle Fiorillo, Luciana Cappetta, and Kylie McCoart all scored for the Killer Bees. Kai Ruotolo played strong defense. The Lions Club of West Haven Red Lions played Elsie Encarnacion-State Farm Ins, winning 9-7. Bastian Tandazo led the way for the Red Lions with a flurry of goals. Adam Lennon and Jackson Schoeman also both played very well for the Red Lions scoring two goals each. Trent Fagan contributed well to the team with excellent defense.
The CT Pest Elimination Blue Dragons won 6-2 against Lacistrong Gold. Jaire Brus Setzer and Jaxon Cruz scored for the Blue Dragons, Jacob Colón and Olive Payne showed their growing skills by taking some great throw-ins and goal kicks. The Elite Soccer Camps Green Beans won 8-3 against Dillman & Dillman Adjusters, LLC. Ryan Abekah led the scoring for the Green Beans, with Jax Guarino and Ben Trenchard both picking up assists. Trenchard also added a nice goal of his own after he dribbled past three defenders. Christley Lops, Avielle Bernardo and Reagan Kennedy all did well defensively. Seth Empiric and Layla Nesmith worked hard, and Matteo D'Elia added a nice goal for the Green Beans. For Dillman & Dillman, Danna Kodjo, Dzaky Hermawan and Andres Cedillo all played well. The Bohemian Body Art Golden Dragons played Porto Funeral Homes, winning 5-0. Joel Forbes-Wolf, Andrew Loehn and Mason Panton all played great for the Golden Dragons.
The Shoreline Wellness Center U10 Red Devils played a tough game against Cappetta's Italian Imports Green Warriors, ultimately losing 5-1. Jaelyn Clark, Emilia Yavagnilio played strong throughout the game. Vrinda Patel and Viviana Cuevas did a great job playing midfield for the Red Devils. For the Green Warriors, Amiyah Jones and Mariella Cappetta scored, while Haliegh McCarthy was strong in goal. The Oyster River Energy Soccer Rockers tied the Stars Ice Cream Blue Seals 3-3. Julianna Mamcini scored a great goal with a long range shot from just inside the box. Asia Ford had a great game in goal making some key saves. At midfield, Summer Krajcir controlled the pace of the game and got the ball wide to the flanks. For the Blue Seals, Nada El Mouki scored two goals. Carnasia Shabazz, Camille Merritt, and Ezri Ramirez played good defense.
The Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center Pythons won a thriller against Eli's Orange 4-2, scoring two goals in the last two minutes to secure the win. The Mulkerin School of Irish Dancing Mighty Leprechauns tied Seacrest Retirement Center 3-3. Top Hat Dance Academy and Watson Foods Co, LLC both played hard in a scoreless draw, while West Shore Family Dental and the York Business Center also drew 0-0. In the final game of the weekend, the West Haven Italian American Civic Assn beat the WH Professional Firefighters 4-1. Matt Treat picked up three goals, but also helped the other team score after a botched clearance bounced off Chris Petrie and rolled into the goal.
(October 30, 2018) - Even though the rain washed out any chance of playing any games on Saturday, some West Haven Youth Soccer League teams saw action Sunday afternoon.
The U-10 Girls Travel soccer team won their last game of the season on Sunday, away, in Southington, 5-3. Goals were scored by Camilla Murphy, Kayci Gayle and three goals by Isabella Antonucci. Strong defense was played by Amiyah Jones, helping to lead the Westies to an undefeated season.
The Elite Soccer Camps U12 Lightning Girls Travel team traveled to Clinton Sunday afternoon. The Lightning won 8-2 behind a Jaylyn Powell hat-trick, including a "golazzo" scored directly off of a corner kick. Jaelyn Beauvais, Cierra Harp, Alexandria Nunes and Chloe Whelan also scored in the win. Molly Gunning and Aylin Soto were solid in the midfield, playing a strong game and putting their teammates into good positions with well-timed passes.
The Elite Soccer Camps U14 Girls Travel team hosted Orange Sunday afternoon. Although the Westies dominated much of the first half, they could not find the back of the net. The Orange keeper made a great save on a Camryn Beauvais shot, and Ariana Izzo saw a couple of well taken shots just miss the goal. In the second half, the Westies moved the ball better, with Abigail Phelan and Lola DiNuzzo working on the flanks. Melissa Tsakonas provided great support at right back and Camryn Flaherty did the same at left back. Late in the game, a beautiful passing sequence involving Phelan, Olivia Trenchard, Brooke Flaherty and Izzo saw Beauvais through on goal. The goalkeeper fouled Beauvais inside the penalty box, setting up Izzo to take the penalty kick. Izzo calmly put the ball into the side netting to give West Haven the 1-0 lead, which they were able to hold onto until the end of the game.
(November 6, 2018) - On the final weekend of the regular season, the West Haven Youth Soccer League once again had to brave the wet and muddy conditions, but the league was able to get in a full slate of games. In Travel Team action, the Elite Soccer Camps U14 Girls faced Wallingford for the third time this season, this time in league play. Having already beaten their opponents twice, the Westies knew it would be a tough task. The field was slick, but West Haven played well, combining and moving the ball up the field. Julia Tsakonas scored the lone goal to give West Haven the 1-0 win after the goalkeeper mis-hit a clearance. With the ball at her feet, Tsakonas took a touch and buried the ball into the back of the net. Camryn and Brooke Flaherty played great throughout the game, as did Cynthia Burns, Isabelle Nagle and Josephina Lakaj. The Rock House School of Music U11 Boys team hosted undefeated Madison Sunday afternoon, and lost a thrilling 5-4 game. Madison took a 2-0 lead in the first half on the muddy field before the Westies got back in the game. Sean Studley flicked a throw-in to the far post where Ryan Malone jammed it in to cut the Madison lead in half. Madison made it 3-1 before halftime despite multiple saves by Rafi Treat. Early in the second half, Malone took a pass from Studley on the left wing, cut in and fire the ball off the near post and in to make it 3-2. The Westies continued to apply pressure and equalized when Nate Charron leapt in the air and redirected Jovan Lakaj's corner kick past a diving keeper. Madison regained the lead at 4-3, but the Westies kept at it. Studley took a ball out of the air and found Malone streaking down the left side. Malone one touched a pass into Lakaj's path for a breakaway, and he calmly finished to tie the score at 4-4. Maicon Miguel made several saves in the second half for West Haven before Madison again score. One last rally by West Haven came up short in the end. The Elite Soccer Camps U12 Girls Lightning hosted Meriden Saturday afternoon, but they came up short, losing 2-0. The Lightning had the better play, but the field conditions hurt them, as they saw several attacking opportunities stymied by puddles on the field. Alexandria Nunes and Ciara Harp played well at forward, supported in the midfield by Taylor Guarino and Aylin Soto. Ashlynn Trenchard was aggressive on the flank, winning the ball and making some key passes to start Lightning counter-attacks. Kayla Burt was solid in goal. Despite the loss, the Lightning finished runner-ups in a tough division this Fall. The Cappetta's Italian Imports U12 Girls Thunder finished their season up on Saturday as well, hosting North Haven. The Thunder played hard, but field conditions hurt them as well, and even though they had a few good passing sequences, they could not capitalize at the end and found themselves down 2-0 at the half. The girls worked hard to try to get back into the game, but could not find the back of the net. The Thunder showed a lot of growth this Fall, and continue to improve. The West Shore Family Dental U12 Boys had their final game of the season playing league rival Wallingford on Saturday. The boys played with determination in executing the game plan. Playing out of the back field and taking chances going over the top of the defense. Unfortunately it was not enough as Walling went on to win 3-2. Angel Magana scored both goals for the Westies. Also playing well for the Blue Devils was their core defenders Malik Ouro Adei, Bobby Severino, Tom Williams, and Brian Cruz. Another successful season in the books for 2007's both with ups and downs. This team continues to be a force to be reckon with.
In Recreation action, the Baybrook Remodelers Evergreen played Oyster River Energy Soccer Rockers Saturday morning, losing 3-0. Bianca Davila played well defensively, as she developed throughout the season. Imani McDuffe-Edwards started this season as a brand new player, but showed her ever improving skills as she played with confidence this past weekend. For the Soccer Rockers, Yamilette, Magaly and Lilianay Romero were great on the field. The Cornell-Scott Hill Health Center Green Angels lost a close 5-4 game to Dillman & Dillman Adjusters, LLC. Harper Golde played an awesome game, as Karine Davila played aggressively by advancing the ball forward to help create opportunities for her team to score. The Shoreline Wellness Center Red Devils U10 girls played a very good game against Bohemian Body Art Navy, ultimately losing 4-0. Vrinda Patel and Emilia Yavagnilio played strong on the field and showed great hustle. The Elite Soccer Camps Green Beans played their final game of the season Saturday morning against Lacistrong, in what has been termed the "Mud Bowl." The Green Beans came out on top 8-3. Ryan Abekah led the Green Beans in scoring, joined by Ben Trenchard, who picked up a brace and showed some good dribbling, and Matteo D'Elia, Seth Empric and Luca Decresenzo all scored. Jax Guarino played a great game, and Travis Sanders, Brianna Valtierra and Layla Nesmith all showed a lot of hustle.
The Cappetta's Italion Imports Killer Bees played their last game of the season on a muddy Saturday, falling 4-2 to Mulkerin School of Irish Dancing. The girls spent pregame picking worms out of the mud. Olivia Petrie, Luciana Cappetta, and Annabelle Fiorillo played well on both sides of the ball. Giada Jimenez, Kai Ruotolo, and Jacelyn Kenny passed the ball extremely well. Celeste Dinallo was named player of the game and most improved player for the season showing great determination. Making friends and goals the Killer Bees played with pride. Excited to see what is in this teams future.
The Lions Club of West Haven Red Lions played Porto Funeral Homes, winning 4-1. Omar Elnatour displayed excellent footwork, and Mateo Cuevas and Jimmy Clark also played well overall for the Red Lions. Dillman & Dillman Adjusters, LLC, defeated CT Pest Elimination 8-7. Ava Ciccarelli, Michael Natale and Malakai Inahuazo all played well in the win. The Gunning Law Firm lost 3-5 to Elsie Encarnacion State Farm Insurance. Marco Antonucci, Nour El Mouki and Jackson Gabriele showed great hustle and defense, working hard to gain possession of the ball. Anthony Villeda attacked the ball and successfully ran it down the field to score. All the boys showed great team work in the final game of the season. The Milano & Wanat Golden Dragons played Seacrest Retirement Center, taking the 8-7 win thanks to Jaden Abekah, Mason Panton and Joel Forbes-Wolfe. All of the players did great this season for the Golden Dragons.
In the final games of the weekend, Eli's Orange and Stars Ice Cream played to a 4-4 tie, and Stowe's Seafood defeated Watson Foods Company, LLC, 5-4. Top Hat Dance Academy lost a close game to West Haven Italian American Civic Association 3-2, and York Business Center and WH Professional Fire Fighters- IAFF #1198 played a game for the ages in the mud and rain, finishing in a 5-5 tie.
The West Haven Youth Soccer League would like to thank all of it's players, coaches, parents, referees and sponsors for another successful season. We are already looking forward to and planning for the Spring season!
(October 9, 2018) - The West Haven Youth Soccer League hosted the annual West Haven Invitational Tournament, the WHIT, this past weekend. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the West Haven Travel teams all did well this year in their home tournament. The U12 boys played their first game against Branford. The Westies came out strong, dominating possession and putting face goals past their opponents, finishing 5-1. The second game was against Hamden, and again the boys looked great. They moved the ball fluidly, creating scoring chances, and winning 5-0. On Sunday, the boys played their third game of the tournament against Guildford. It was a wet morning and the mud impacted the game. It took the team some time to get going, but when they did, they looked their usual dominant selves, winning 4-2. Going 3-0 put the Westies into the championship game against Wallingford. West Haven came out strong defensively and took advantage of the chances they were given. The Westies won the final 3-0, and repeated as champions.
The Elite Soccer Camps U12 Lightning Girls Travel Team went undefeated at the WHIT this year. They opened up the tournament against a strong and aggressive Naugatuck team. The Lightning won 3-0 behind the strong defense of Annabelle Pascreta, Sophie Mazuroski, Adelicia Parise and Niamh Chesson. The Lightning continued their strong play in their second game on Saturday, defeating Branford 4-0. Ciara Harp and Alexandria Nunes scored, while Aylin Soto and Taylor Guarino added to the attack. In game three on Sunday, the Lightning played their West Haven club mates, the Thunder, with the Lightning winning 5-0. Jaylyn Powell buried the ball into the back of the net, and Etta Funke and Llyanna Griffith-Waite worked hard in the midfield. Going 3-0 matched the Lightning against Milford in the final on Sunday afternoon. The game went back and forth early, with Isabella Eyler just missing the net for Milford. The Lightning went into the half leading 1-0, with the help of the passing and movement off the ball of Ashlynn Trenchard and Molly Gunning. The Lightning scored three more in the second half to take the championship in the 4-0. Tournament MVP's Chloe Whelan and Kayla Burt were stellar the entire weekend at center back (Whelan) and goalie (Burt), making sure the Lightning did not give up a goal the whole weekend.
The U12 Thunder Girls Travel Team overall had a strong tournament performance considering alot of the team are U11s. On Saturday the girls had a very good game against Branford, after being 3-0 down at the half the girls came out fighting and created chances straight from the kick off. Their hard work was rewarded with two well deserved goals. The Thunder had two great chances at the end of the game, but could not find the third goal to tie the game. The second game the girls had a very good game against Milford and went 2-0 down early, but kept playing hard and they were able to shut down Milford the rest of the game. On Sunday the girls had a tough game against West Haven U12 Lightning losing to the eventual champions 5-0, although the game was closer than the scoreline suggested. The final game of the tournament the girls played a hard fought game against Naugatuck, with the first half ending 0-0. Naugatuck came out strong in the second half, scoring an early goal. The Thunder were able to settle down and controlled most of the game after that. With four minutes left in the game, the Thunder were able to find the goal and tied the score at 1-1. Overall the girls had a great tournament that ended on a well deserved tie.
The U10 girls went undefeated this weekend in the WHIT tournament as well. In their first game against North Haven, the Westie’s squeaked by with a 4-3 win. Goals were scored by Amiyah Jones, Madison Gargiulo and Michelle Mora-Cyrus. The winning goal was scored by Lexi Lucas to end the game with the Westies on top. The second game showcased some great defense and kept Southington from scoring. With a 7-0 finish, Madison Gargiulo, Marcy Funke, Kayci Gayle, Lexi Lucas, Amiyah Jones and Lia Powers all scored. The Westies third game saw them take on the West Haven U9 travel team. They had a great battle with their younger teammates. In the final game, the Westies shut out Hamden in a 7-0 win. Goals were scored by Kayci Gayle, Madison Gargiulo, Marcy Funke with two goals each by Camilla Murphy and Kaylee Pellino.
The Elite Soccer Camps U15 Girls Travel team also won their division this year. The girls started off slow, losing to North Haven 1-0 in their opening game Saturday morning. Despite giving up the goal, the defense was solid behind Neveah Swanson, Celia Williams, Camryn Flaherty, Cynthia Burns and Melissa Tsakonas. The girls bounced back in their second game, defeating the other West Haven team in their bracket 5-0. Ariana Izzo and Brooke Flaherty scored, and Ava Murphy and Brooke Throm were solid in the midfield. Sophia Derosa and Cassie Wadeka held the shutout, with Wadeka scoring a goal of her own. On Sunday, the girls took on Cheshire in game 3, winning 6-1. Alyvia Ginsberg, Josephina Lakaj, and Isabelle Nagle all starred. In game 4 on Sunday, the Westies found themselves in a must-win game against Wallingford, with a spot in the finals on the line. The girls came out strong from the get-go, with Brooke Flaherty scoring the opening goal early in the game. Olivia Trenchard broke up a number of Wallingford attacks in the midfield, and passed well to start the counter. Camryn Beauvais also scored, with the Westies winning 3-0 and guaranteeing themselves a trip to the final and eliminating Wallingford. In the final, the girls found themselves in a rematch against North Haven. The game went into double overtime, with the breakthrough coming with only two minutes left in the game when Emma Walker hit a perfectly timed pass to Julia Tsakonas. With only the goalie to beat and time running out, Tsakonas calmly slipped the ball into the lower corner and gave the Westies the win and the Championship.
Despite playing in a U10 bracket, the West Haven U9 Girls Travel team played strong and with confidence. They faced tough competition from Hamden, North Haven and the U10 West Haven team. Throughout all these games the U9's never gave up and won their last game against Southington 1-0. Alivia Reilly and Lulu Sebas played strong in goal, while Jayda Ciilberti, Arianna Throm and Sophia Locklear had a strong defensive presence. Leenie Chesson, Finley Gunning and Sophia Empiric all had goals throughout the weekend. Hailey Dargon and Kylie Gibbons used great foot skills throughout the tournament. The girls had fun and continue to improve.
The U11 Boys Travel team had a successful weekend at the WHIT. The Westies first game was against Amity. They controlled the pace of the game and scored 3 unanswered goals to win the game 3-0. Their second game on Saturday was against Cheshire. West Haven put up 5 goals and goalie Miacon Miguel earned another shutout. On Sunday the Blue Devils played Branford to another shutout winning the game 3-0. The final game of regular tournament play was against Naugatuck. The Westies gave up their first 2 goals of the tournament, but fought back to a 2-2 tie giving the Westies a 3-0-1 first round record with 11 goals for and 2 against. The final game was against the same Branford team from earlier in the day. Branford went up 2 goals in the first half. West Haven scored on a penalty kick. They had several chances but came up short losing in the finals 2-1.
The U15 boys team started off slow but as the tournament went on they picked up steam and never looked back. Their first game was a 5-2 loss to Seymour. The Westies came back a few hours later to play Stratford and won their first game of the tournament, 6-1. Sunday morning the Westies played Cheshire and won to advance into the finals against the same Seymour team from the previous day. The Westies came out flying and pressured the ball from the opening whistle, putting Seymour on their heels. The game was tied until late in the game when Andrew Bello-Medel headed a ball crossed into to the box to give the Westies the lead and the tournament championship beating Seymour when it counted 3-2.
Overall it was a very successful weekend, and a lot of fun for the players and their families. Thank to everyone that participated this year, and a special thank you to the WHIT sponsors.
(October 2, 2018) - The Oyster River Energy West Haven U12 Boys Travel took on Milford Saturday afternoon. West Haven came out strong, keeping control of the game. Milford is a quality team, and battled back, with the two teams taking turns dictating the game. The Westies were able to come out on top in the end, winning 3-2. Ethan Masoperth and Keifer Tandazo scored, and the hard work of the Westies forced Milford to score an own goal as well. The Mulkerin School of Irish Dancing West Haven U14 boys team faced Guilford Saturday. The Westies took hold of the game from the start, going up by two goals, with Munib Kaseem scoring the brace. Ricardo Azana made two outstanding passes to assist both opening goals. In the second half, Guilford started to climb back into the game, and leveled the score. That put some spark back into West Haven, with Edgar Lopez and Diego Soto scoring to give West Haven the 4-2 victory. Sean Callahan played well on defense to help West Haven keep the win.
The Elite Soccer Camps U15 Girls Travel Team played two games this weekend in preparation for next weekend’s West Haven Invitational Tournament, winning both. On Saturday, the girls played against New Haven, winning 4-0. Ava Murphy was solid at center midfield, and Olivia Trenchard picked up an assist on a Brooke Flaherty goal. Emma Walker scored off a well-placed penalty kick, and Brooke Throm, Abigail Phelan and Cynthia Burns all put in a strong effort in the win, helping Cassie Wadeka keep the shut-out in goal. On Sunday, the U15 girls took on a tough Guilford team in a league matchup. Guilford went up early in the game 1-0, but West Haven was able to tie it off a Julia Tsakonas goal. Guilford again went ahead, making the score 2-1, the Westies kept at it, and went ahead 3-2 before the end of the game. Tsakonas scored again, and Ariana Izzo added a goal as well. Lola DiNuzzo and Camryn Beauvais played well at outside mid, and the centerback tandem of Nevaeh Swanson and Celia Williams worked hard to keep the Westies in the game and to keep the pressure on Guilford to close out the win.
The Watson Foods Co West Haven U12 Girls Thunder Travel team had another good game this weekend losing 3-1 against Orange, but the girls were always in the game and kept creating chances until the final whistle. The girls went down 1-0 in the first half, but it did not take long before they were back level from a great run and finish by Isabella Melissanno. The girls continued to play well in the first half and were tied 1-1 at the half. In the second half the girls continued to work hard and withstood a great deal of pressure from Orange. While the girls continued to create chances they could not find the back of the net. Orange kept on the pressure and scored two more goals to make it 3-1. Thunder did not give up and continued to push forward creating three good chances that could have got them back in the game. Katelynn Salgado played well, and Sarahi Cruz put a lot of hustle in throughout the game. The Elite Soccer Camps U12 Lightning Girls Traveled team took the long trip to Watertown this weekend, and came home 3-1 winners. After a scoreless first half, the girls came out strong in the second half, as Ciara Harp found the back of the net to put the Lightning ahead. Watertown tied the game off a penalty kick, despite the best efforts of Kayla Burt to keep the ball out of the net. The teams went back and forth until Jaylyn Powell put a rocket inside the near post after receiving a pass from Aylin Soto. Llyanna Griffith-Waite, Molly Gunning, Adelicia Parise and Annabelle Pasacreta worked hard to help West Haven hold onto the lead, and Powell added the insurance goal off a half-volley from 25 yards out that finished off a passing sequence involving Ashlynn Trenchard and Sophie Mazuroski. Chloe Whelan was solid st centerback in the win.
On Saturday the Milano & Wanat U10 girls won 5-0 against Madison at home. Strong defense was played by Arianna Throm and Kayci Gayle. Madison Gargiulo, Cristel Miguel, Kaylee Pellino, Camilla Murphy and Isabella Antonucci all scored in the win. On Sunday, the U10 girls won 5-1 away to Guilford. Lia Powers and Finley Gunning showed great hustle and Michelle Mora-Cyrus and Amiyah Jones had some powerhouse kicks in defense. Camilla Murphy and Isabella Antonucci each put two in the net and Kayci Gayle put in one. Excellent saves were made by goalie Valentina DeMartino to put the girls at 8-0 for the season.
The Bohemian Body Art Bobcats faced Capetta’s Italian Imports Green Warriors on Saturday, with the Bobcats winning 4-1. Kayci Gayle, Marcy Funke and Lexi Lucas all scored, while Kaylee Pellino had three saves in goal and Jayda Ciliberti showed some great defense. Haleigh McCarthy scored for the Green warriors, while Katarina Oliveira and Amiyah Jones played aggressively, controlling the ball. Rock House School of Music defeated Porto Funeral Homes 4-1. Jackson Murphy and Santiago Morales scored in the win. Aidan Bridges and Tyler Mesquita used great footwork and contributed to the victory. The Cappetta's Italian Imports Killer Bees played a tough game against Top Hat Dance Academy, finishing with an 8-7 loss. Luciana Cappetta, Jocelyn Kenney, and Annabelle Fiorillo scored while Giada Jimenez played a strong defense. Dillman & Dillman Adjusters, LLC won a close game against the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center Green Angels. Stella Porto and Caty Aloi both scored goals to lead the attack. Isabella Kodjo showed great footwork, and Savannah Perez played excellent defense to help secure the win. For the Green Angels, Jillian Crudo used her best footwork to move the ball up the field and Anessa Worrell played defense doing her best to attack and win the ball from the opposing team.
The Gunning Law Firm won against the Lions Club of West Haven Red Lions, 3-2, through great team work and hustle. Great offensive plays and passing were on display by Charlie Gunning, Jackson Gabriele, Colin Whelan, Julius Stokes and Anthony Villeda. Awesome defense was played by Tobias Warcholic, John Thompson, Matthew Duffy and Aiden Slate. Bastian Tandazo led the way for the Red Lions with a goal and an assist. Omar Elnatour and Fernando Valencia played well overall for the Red Lions. The West Haven Professional Firefighters Association Phantom Grapes defeated West Shore Family Dental by a score of 2-0. Goals were scored by Raymond “Lightening” Listorti and great footwork was on display by Evan Lennon. Brandon Buccheri and Coen Cerullo played great defense to close out the win.
In G Division action, the Elite Soccer Camps Green Beans took on CT Pest Elimination Blue Dragons. In the split squad game, one field saw the two teams draw 10-10. For the Blue Dragons, Jacob Rader and Daniel Castillo scored as the team worked hard together. For the Green Beans, Ben Trenchard, Luca Decresenzo, Matteo D’Elia and Ryan Abekah all scored, while Avielle Bernardo put in a lot of hustle. On the other field, the Blue Dragons triumphed 11-6. For the Blue Dragons, Aliany Wyman, Roland Green, Jaire Brruss Setzer, Jaxson Cruz and Jeshrun Polington all scored. For the Green Beans, Jax Guarino and Seth Empric worked hard. Lacistrong and Dillman & Dillman Adjusters, LLC played to a 7-7 tie Saturday morning. Camila Barragan, Camila Llanos, and Julian Conception all played well.
The Stowe’s Seafood Goldfish lost a hard fought battle to Stars Ice Cream 4-2. Omari Knox, Jermaine Monk, Aiden Amaro, Christian Torres and Nico Antonucci all played well and showed good sportsmanship. The Shoreline Wellness Center Red Devils won 6-0 against York Business Center. Isabella Antonucci, Samanta Rivera-Garcia, and Emily Barragan all scored, while Jocelyn Sliber played amazing defense and Lila Poincelot was unstoppable in the goal. The Baybrook Remodelers Evergreen played the Stars Ice Cream Blue Seals on Saturday, and even though they worked hard, Evergreen fell 5-1. Farida Issaka played defense this week with aggression, as she consistently kept up with the opposing team and cleared the ball when needed. Emma Hudson shined by making contact with the ball and used her dribbling to her advantage. For the Blue Seals, Mary Angel Cruz, Candance Hill, Marjorie Hernandez-Fortine, Alexandra Ortiz and Aliana Tepetl all scored. Jade Rivas Resuleu played a good game as well. The Eli’s Orange Golden Dragons took on Elsie Encarnation State Farm Insurance, with the two teams battling to a 7-7 draw. Jayden Abekah, Julien Chacon and Adebanjo Olorunmaiye all scored for the Golden Dragons. The Seacrest Retirement Center and the West Haven Italian American Civic Association both played hard in a dramatic 3-3 tie to end the weekend’s action.
(September 25, 2018) - The Elite Soccer Camps U15 Girls Travel Team opened up the soccer playing weekend with two games. On Saturday, the girls traveled to Wallingford, winning 3-0. Cassie Wadeka kept the shut-out, aided by the strong play on defense from Isabelle Nagle and Cindy Burns. Olivia Trenchard bossed the midfield, breaking up plays and connecting passes. Ariana Izzo buried the first goal from the penalty spot and Julia Tsakonas netted the other two. Brooke Throm, Alyvia Ginsberg and Josephina Lakaj put in a lot of hustle on the flanks. On Sunday, the girls traveled to Madison, and fell 3-1 in a well-played, hard fought game. Nevaeh Swanson, Celia Williams, Melissa Tsakonas and Camryn Flaherty were solid on defense. Emma Walker never stopped working on both sides of the ball, while Brooke Flaherty and Camryn Beauvais provided support on defense and worked hard to get the attack going. The Apple Rehab of West Haven U12 Thunder Girls Travel team traveled to Orange on Saturday. In a nose to nose battle, the Thunder held Orange scoreless in the first half, but eventually fell 2-0. Lea Boguniecki and Madyson Ortiz set-up their teammates with some well-timed passes, and Bellarose Ramirez and Aarya Mulmi put Orange under constant pressure. Jayden Braaker, Michelle Ceja and Isabella Melissano played well for the Thunder as well. The Elite Soccer Camps U12 Lightning Girls Travel team hosted Naugatuck Sunday afternoon, and came out on top 5-1. Jayden Powell opened up the scoring for the Lightning, putting the ball into the back of the off of a free kick. Later in the game, Powell had another free kick saved, but Etta Funke was there to nail in the rebound. Ciara Harp also scored, while Chloe Whelan, Niamh Chesson, and Sophie Mazuroski were all superb on defense. Taylor Guarino pulled off a couple of awesome step overs to get passed defenders, and Jaelyn Beauvais and Ashlynn Trenchard put in a solid day’s work in the midfield for the Lightning. The Milano & Wanat U10 Girls Travel team took down both opponents this weekend, with a 4-2 win over Prospect and a 3-1 win over Milford. Kayci Gayle led the team on Saturday with two goals, followed by Camilla Murphy and Isabella Antonucci with a goal each. At Sunday's games, goals were scored again by Camilla Murphy and Isabella Antonucci, with Madison Gargiulo adding a goal as well. Both Valentina DeMartino and Arianna Throm did well in goal and Amiyah Jones played strong defense and Cristel Miguel showed some great hustle.
In rec action this weekend, the Elite Soccer Camps Green Beans played Saturday morning against Dillman & Dillman Adjusters, LLC, with the Green Beans coming out victors with a 9-3 scoreline. Ryan Abekah and Solomon Benton worked hard, and Christley Lops, Zara Joseph, Layla Nesmith, and Isabelle Ortiz showed their growing soccer skills. Briana Valtierra and Nora Vega-Crocker played good defense, and Jax Guarino and Ben Trenchard showcased their dribbling and goal-scoring abilities in the win for the Green Beans. For Dillman & Dillman Adjusters, Ava Ciccarelli, Burkland Wray, and Malakai Inahuazo all played hard. The Rock House School of Music Blue Rams defeated WH Professional Firefighters 5-0, Quennell Nesmith had an outstanding offensive game and scoring a few, while Chase Agvent and Ali Maula each added a goal in the victory. Great defense was played by Xavier McMillan and Alexander Peralta. The Bohemian Body Art Bobcats defeated the Gunning Law Firm Fireballs 5-2. Goals were scored by Kayci Gayle, Camilla Murphy and Lexi Lucas. Strong show in goal by the Pellino sisters, Kaylee and Ava.
In F Division play, the Cappetta's Italian Imports Killer Bees played an impressive game against Dillman & Dillman Adjusters, with an 11-9 win. Giada Jimenez, Luciana Cappetta, Annabelle Fiorillo, Alyssa Koontz, and Jocelyn Kenny all scored, while Abbey Forsyth picked up an assist. The Gunning Law Firm Grays fell to the West Haven Italian American Civic Association, 11-6. Charlie Gunning, Tobias Warcholic, Julius Stokes, Marco Antonucci all scored, and Aiden Slate and Anthony Villeda showed some great hustle. The Cornell Scott Hill Health Center Green Apples played Top Hat Dance Academy, losing 5-0. Isabella Cooper showed her passion for the game, giving everything she had and playing with her heart and soul. Gianna Natale used her footwork to play aggressively and attack the ball.
Baybrook Remodelers played Stars Ice Cream, and although they tried hard, they lost the game 5-1. Ava Dasilva continually attacked the ball in her defensive position. Cheyenne Sebas scored her first goal this season off a penalty kick. The CT Pest Elimination Blue Dragons Coach Maggie’s won 10-5 against Lacistrong. Goals were scored by Jacob Rader, Folake Olorunmaiye and Bianca Arroyo. Also scoring were Jeshrun Polington, Roland Green and Jaire Brruss Setzer. The Stowe’s Seafood Gold Fish played West Shore Family Dental in a hard-fought battle with the Gold Fish coming up short 5-4. A great goal was scored by Ato Ofosu-Appiah and great field play was shown by Adam Boulguid, Zach Shippy, and Tyler Geer. Junior Salguero did a great job minding the net.
The Stars Ice Cream Blue Seals battled Oyster River Energy Rockers to a 3-3 draw this weekend. The Blue Seals were led by Marjorie Hernandez-Fortune, Nada El Moulin, Caydance Hill, Carnasia Shabazz, and Camille Merritt played good on defense. For the Rockers, Mya Ajanaku scored. Asia Ford stepped up to play goalie for the first time, making several saves that she pushed over the bar, and Lliannay Romero played well in the outside midfield position. The Mulkerin School of Irish Dancing Golden Dragons took on York Business Center and took the win 11-7. Leonidis Dews, Ahmed Hashem and Jayden Prates were the stars this week. The Lions Club of West Haven Red Lions played Seacrest Retirement Center, losing 6-5. Gabriel Nascimento and Jimmy Clark led the way for the Red Lions playing all over the field. Ethan Jacinto and Trent Fagan contributed well for the team playing excellent defense for the Red Lions.
In the final action of the weekend, Watson Foods Co, LLC battled Eli’s Orange to a 4-4 draw, with both teams combining for some great goals. Porto Funeral Homes won a decisive victory over Elsie Encarnation-State Farm Insurance 3-0. Matthew Treat scored the brace and Chris Petrie scored a brilliant goal from a diving header.
(September 18, 2018) - The West Haven Travel teams participated in the Madison Invitational Soccer Tournament (MIST) this weekend. It was a hot weekend out on the fields in Madison, but the Westies represented themselves well. The Bohemian Body Art U12 Boys team opened up the tournament against their rival Madison. Ethan Masoperth scored the only goal of the game. Efe Tatar, Dylan Petrie, and Tom Williams all played well. Game two saw the boys in a match-up against Newington. The Westies came out strong, scoring twice in the first half as Brian Cruz and Masoperth found the back of the net. Fatigue set in during the second half as Newington was able to level the score at 2-2. Playing well against Newington was Evan Amoro and Gabe Locklear. On Sunday, the U12s opened up against Colchester, and they came out with a mission, to defend their goal at all costs. They held Colchester scoreless through the great play of Malik Ouri, Bobby Severino, Dylan Agvent and Matt Hunter. The Westies won that game 2-0. Game Four saw the U12 boys taking on East Lyme for the Championship. East Lyme snuck a goal in early, but West Haven answered late in the first half from a Brian Cruz penalty shot. In the second half, East Lyme found the back of the net again, forcing the Westies to gamble and throw numbers forward. In the end, it did not pay off and the Westies fell 4-1 in the final.
The Elite Soccer Camps U15 girls played very well in the tournament. On Saturday, they went 2-0, defeating Branford 2-0 and Guilford 1-0. Ariana Izzo and Julia Tsakonas both scored, while a defense led by Neveah Swanson and CC Williams helped goalie Cassie Wadeka keep the shut out in goal. Olivia Trenchard, Emma Walker and Ava Murphy were solid in midfield. On Sunday, the U15s opened up the morning against Colchester, winning 2-0. Brooke Flaherty scored, while Camryn Flaherty, Isabelle Nagle, Cynthia Burns, Melissa Tsakonas and Alyvia Ginsberg all played solid defense. The afternoon saw the girls take on Madison for the Championship. Madison was a strong and skilled team, but the Westies held them off for most of the first half. Camryn Beauvais was solid at outside back, with Josephina Lakaj, Abigail Phelan, and Lola DiNuzzo all worked hard on the flanks. The Westies fell 3-0 as the heat and the fatigue from the long weekend caught up to them. The Apple Rehab of West Haven U12 Girls Thunder went 0-1-3 on the weekend, picking up ties against three good teams. Playing well over the course of the weekend was Angelina Messina, Natalie Reed, Ericka Tighe, Amyah Kelly, Sydni Gayle, Amanda Fagnani, and Madden Evangelista.
The Elite Soccer Camps U12 Girls Lightning finished in second this weekend at the MIST. They started off slow on Saturday, losing to Madison 2-1 and tying Meriden 1-1. Ciara Harp and Jaylyn Powell both found the back of the net on Saturday, while Aylin Soto worked hard in the midfield. Kayla Burt made a few great saves to keep her team in the hunt. On Sunday, the girls found their form, beating Valley 5-0 in the first game. Chloe Whelan anchored the center defense, aided by Sophie Mazuroski, Annabelle Pasacreta, Adelicia Parise and Niamh Chesson. Jaelyn Beauvais and Taylor Guarino ran the center of midfield, creating numerous scoring opportunities for their teammates. The last game of the tournament saw the Lightning taking on East Lyme for second place. The girls answered the challenge, winning 5-1. Llyanna Griffith-Waite opened the scoring, and Molly Gunning quickly added to the score off a great one-timer. Alexandria Nunes picked up a hat trick to round out the scoring. Ashlynn Trechard and Etta Funke hustled up and down the flanks as outside mids to provide cover in defense and support in the attack.
Rounding out West Haven participation in the MIST was the West Haven U11 Boys travel team. The Westies played their first four games of the season in two days. First up was a very strong West Hartford team. Despite a bunch of saves by Maicon Miguel, West Hartford scroed 5 goals, but not before the Westies Ryan Malone found the back of the net. Jeffery Walker and Mehmet Aciker had a strong game playing various roles on the field. The Westies took on Canton for game two. The Westies played a better game with a strong defensive play by Nate Charron, Efrain Brown, and Matthew Panton. Pedro Furtado and Leo Mazuroski provided creative midfield play and one resulted in a goal by Sean Studley. Rafi Treat made many key saves, but the Westies lost 3-1. Sunday the Westies played Branford to a 0-0 tie for their first game and then lost to Wallingford 2-0. Pacey Larka, Jovan Lakaj, and Mehmet Aciker provided the Westies with many opportunities throughout the tournament. Jonathan Forbes-Wolfe and Isaac Irizarry played well in their first tournament.
In recreation action, the Elite Soccer Camps Green Beans took on Lacistrong, with the Green Beans coming out on top -9-4. Ben Trenchard and Luca Decrescenzo both scored multiple goals, while Jax Guarino, Travis Sanders, Selma Freire, and Matteo D’Elia all found the back of the net as well. Reagan Kennedy played well in her first game, and Seth Emperic showed off his dribbling moves. The Eli’s of Orange Golden Dragons took on the Lion’s Club of West Haven Red Lions. The Golden Dragons won 9-7, behind the great play of Joel Forbes-Wolf, Alexander Huse and Andrew Loehn. For the Red Lions, Jackson Schoeman scored three goals and Mateo Cuevas and Adam Lennon played great defense. The Stowe’s Seafood Goldfish played to a 3-3 tie against Milano & Wanat. David Christensen and Nour Boulguid scored, and the Christensen triplets; Dave, Stephen and Paul; played a great game in the field. Brandon Paucar and Aiden Mancini were stellar on defense. The Gunning Law Firm Lawyers defeated Watson Foods Co 3-2.
Baybrook Remodelers fell to Oyster River Energy Soccer Rockers 5-0 Saturday morning. Olivia Moretti play well, dribbling and combining passes for Baybrook Remodelers. Camilia Suarez-Caporal stayed in her position well. For the Soccer Rockers, Delaney Jonston scored and the defense was led by asia Ford and Yamilette Romero. The Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center Green Apples fell to the Cappetta’s Italian Imports Killer Bees 5-0. For the Green Apples, Aaliyah Powers showed off her defensive skills and Kiva Inahuazo moved the ball well. For the Killer Bees, Giada Jimenez, Luciana Cappetta, Annabelle Fiorillo and Kylee McCoart all scored, and Celeste DiNallo picked up an assist.
The CT Pest Elimination Blue Dragons won against Dillman & Dillman Adjusters, LLC Red. Jacob Rader, Folake Olorunmaiye, Roland Green, and Jaire Brruss Setzer all scored for the Blue Dragons in the 8-4 win. Tiara Frye did a wonderful job taking throw ins and Jacob Colon took some great goal kicks. For Dillman & Dillman Red, Aaron Azana, Francesca Locklear Gavin Lenihan all played great. Seacrest Retirement Center and Stars Ice Cream played to a 4-4 tie.
The West Haven Professional Firefighters Association Phantom Grapes defeated the West Haven Italian American Civic Association Ballers 4-1. Brendan Spreyer and Raymond Listorti scored, and Nathan Spreyer and Matthew Pasacreta combined to play a great game in goal. Chase Watson was solid in the field, showing great footwork and good passing. Dillman & Dillman Adjusters, LLC Navy battled to a 3-3 tie against Top Hat Dance Academy. Braelyn Roldan and Gianna DePino showed excellent footwork throughout the game, and Emiya Mack and Julissa Oliveras played great defense to keep the game close.
The Elsie Encarnation-State Farm Insurance Tigers defeated the Mulkerin School of Irish Dancing Leperchauns 1-0 in a tough match-up, and the Porto Funeral Homes Pokemon played the Rock House Head Bangers to the same score line. In the final game of the weekend, West Shore Family Dental defeated York Business Center 5-1.
(September 11, 2018) Fall Season - The Elite Soccer Camps Green Beans opened up their Fall season with a 8-6 win over a tough CT Pest Elimination Blue Dragons. Both teams played great, and the game went back and forth. For the Green Beans, Ben Trenchard and Luca DeCrescenzo each netted two goals and picked up an assist, while Matteo D’Elia and Travis Sanders added a to the scoreline. Jax Guarino showed a lot of hustle, and Seth Empric was calm while dribbling the ball. For the Blue Dragons, Jacob Rader, Daniel Castillo and Folake Olorunmaiye all scored, and Roland Green and Jeshrun Polington showed some great defending. Baybrook Remodelers lost their opening game against the Stars Ice Cream Blue Seals 5-0. Despite the score, Alexandria Calvao stayed positive, showed some great leadership, and made some key stops in goal. Lehan Mendoza Castillo played well in her midfield position, helping both offensively and defensively. For the Blue Seals, Marjorie Hernandez-Fortune, Maryangel Crux, Alexandra Ortiz, Nada El Mouki and Haley Colon all played great, while Sarah Montiel was solid in goal.
Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center fell in their first game to Dillman & Dillman Adjusters, LLC, by a score of 7-3. Mollie Germain picked up her first goal, and Joslyn Davila added two as well. For Dillman and Dillman Adjusters, LLC, Stella Porto dominated the game with multiple goals, while Gianna DePino and Cherifa Ouro-Djeri also scored their first goals of the season. Phoebe Dinuzzo displayed excellent footwork.
The WH Professional Firefighters Phantom Grapes dropped their season opener to Milano & Wanat 7-3. Brendan Spreyer and Eddie Fagnani both scored, and Joshua Roman played strong defensive for the Phantom Grapes. The Dillman & Dillman Adjusters Incredibles won their first game of the season 6-3. Liam Lima, Brady Salkins, and Michael Natale all played well for the Incredibles.
The Lions Club of West Haven Red Lions played Elsie Encarnacion-State Farm Insurance, losing 6-5. Bastian Tandazo led the way for the Red Lions with three goals. Jeremy Salas played well overall. Jackson Schoeman played selflessly, with excellent passing and strong defense. Salas and Schoeman each contributed a goal as well.
The Cappetta's Italian Imports Killer Bees had an impressive first game against Top Hat Dance Academy, winning 5-3. Luciana Cappetta, Annabelle Fiorillo and Jocelyn Kenny, all scored for the team, while Kylee McCoart was strong on defense. The Golden Dragons played Porto funeral home, winning 9-4. The team had a great opening game, with Jaden Abekah, Adebanjo Olorunmaiye and Mason Panton all netting goals.
The Oyster River Energy Rockers defeated CDG1 5-2. In net was Sarah Davey, who made several saves on some difficult shots. Mya Ajanaku and Summer Krajcir each scored, while the defense was led by Eveleen Jiang.
The Stowe’s Seafood Gold Fish lost a Great game to CDB1 3-2. Goals were scored by Murtaza Amjad and Justin Gonzalez, with great goalkeeping from Junior Salguero and field play from Brandon Paucar and Nour Boulguid
Gunning Law Firm played Seacrest Retirement Center Saturday morning, with Gunning Law Firm coming out on top 5-4. Great teamwork contributed to the win. Julius Stokes had some amazing footwork that helped the team retain possession. He also did some great passing, as did leading scorer Anthony Villeda. Exceptional defense was played by Nour El Mouki, Marco Antonucci and Jackson Gabriele in the win.
In travel team action, the Elite Soccer Camps U14 girls opened up their Fall season with two games, going 1-1 on the weekend. On Saturday, the girls traveled to Prospect and came home 4-2 winners. Cassie Wadeka and Sophia DeRosa both played well in net, and Ava Murphy and Cecilia Williams dominated the midfield. Julia Tsakonas scored in the win. On Sunday, the U14 girls hosted Milford, and lost a close contest 3-2. Ariana Izzo netted both goals, the second coming from a nice passing combination involving Olivia Trenchard and Emma Walker. Melissa Tsakonas and Camryn Flaherty played hard on defense, and Camryn Beauvais tried to spark the attack late in the game. The Rock House Girls U12 Thunder travel team hosted Milford in their season opener, and lost 6-1. The game was closer than the score shows, as the Thunder missed a few close chances and forced the Milford goalie to make some solid saves. Erika Tighe and Sydni Gayle both recorded some good saves in net, while Isabella Melissano played well on both sides of the ball. The Elite Soccer Camps Girls U12 Lightning also opened this weekend, traveling to Southington Sunday afternoon, falling to the very strong home side 5-1. Alex Nunes scored for the Lightning, and Molly Gunning and Ashlynn Trenchard worked hard late in the game to try and spark the attack. Taylor Guarino worked hard in the midfield throughout the game. Finally, the West Haven Boys U14/15 Travel team began their fall season with their annual game under lights at host Southington Soccer Club at Southington High School. After an early Southington goal, the Westies gained composure by controlling the pace and possession of the game and scored 6 unanswered goals. The game was lead by Mikey Luth in goal making 4 key saves in the second half. The Westies defense was solid from central defenders Collin Charron and David Smith to the outside backs Hamidou Timera, Sean Callahan and Andrew Bello. Diego Soto and Connor Hummel provided key midfield support throughout the game. Munib Kassem scored three goals, Robert Foley scored picked up two, and newly signed. player Zachary Guy added a goal and solid play throughout the game. Giancarlo Esquivel, Sebastian Treat, and Guy provided assists for the Westies in the 6-1 win against Southington. All of our West Haven Travel teams head into the Madison Inivitational Soccer Tournament this coming weekend. Check back next week for game results, and Good Luck Westies!
(June 17, 2018) - The Gunning Law Firm U16 Boys Travel team brought home the championship in the CT Cup on Saturday, after a double overtime effort, the Westies were crowned co-champions as the game ended in a 2-2 draw against Cheshire. The Elite Soccer Camps U12 Girls Travel team had a busy week to end the season, playing three games in four days and going 3-0 on the week. The girls opened up on Wednesday night at home in a league match-up against Madison. The Westies came out on top 4-1, behind the strong play of Sofia DeRosa in goal. Alyvia Ginsberg worked hard in the midfield, as Cynthia Burns and Isabelle Nagle were rocks on defense. On Friday night, the Westies hosted Clinton, winning 3-1. Abigail Phelan was aggressive and connected several passes, one on a nice overlapping run by Ava Murphy that created a quality chance on net. Josephina Lakaj also played well in the midfield, and Jaylyn Powell picked up a goal and an assist in the win. The Westies closed out their season in Wallingford on Saturday, picking up a 5-0 win. DeRosa got the shut-out in goal, and Camryn Beauvais gave the Westies the lead in the first half after she capitalized on a Wallingford goalkeeper error and calmly placed the ball into the back of the net. Olivia Trenchard and Ariana Izzo dominated in the midfield, shutting down Wallingford attacks and connecting passes going forward. Camryn Flaherty was the heart of the defense, while Brooke Flaherty picked up four goals, one from a great play by Brooke Throm. The Elite Soccer Camps U11 Girls Lightning Travel team finished their season on the road, making the trek to Watertown. It was a hot Saturday afternoon game, but the U11 Westies did not let that slow them down, picking up the 4-1 win. Ciara Harp was on fire, scoring for the Westies on keeping Watertown on their heels. Jaylyn Powell used her speed and skill to create chances and shut down Watertown counterattacks, and Aylin Soto played very well in midfield. Ashlynn Trenchard and Molly Gunning worked the flanks, and Kayla Burt put forth a solid job in the net. Chloe Whelan played great on defense to lead West Haven to the win.
The West Shore Family Dental U11 Boys Travel team took on Wallingford for the final, but most decisive, game of the season. The Westies came out flat and went down 1-0 early in the match, and they struggled to find their usual rhythm for the remainder of the first half. The second half was a different story, as the boys started to string together passes and find space. Ethan Masoperh put on an impressive performance as he scored three goals in the second half to lead the Westies to the 3-1 win. The U11 Boys won their league for the second consecutive season with the win. Tom Williams and Evan Amoro were both key in the league securing victory. The Milano & Wanat U10 Boys travel team played Shelton in their last game of the season. The game ended in a 2-2 tie, and was filled with action from end to end. Maicon Miguel played the first half of the game in goal. Miguel made several key saves, especially a key one on the final shot of the first half to keep West Haven up 1-0 from a goal by Sean Studley. Shelton got on the board, but a strong West Haven defensive line led by Nathan Charron, Efrain Brown, Jovan Lakaj, and Matthew Panton limited their chances. Rafi Treat and Jovan Lakaj split time in goal in the second half. Both made some key saves to keep West Haven in the lead until Shelton tied the game. Ramy Mandhouj, Leo Mazuroski, Kenneth Peralta, and Pacy Larka all played well in the midfield throughout the game.
The Stars Ice Cream U12 Boys Travel Team headed to Milford for their final game of the season. Despite the hot temps and having only one substitute on the bench, the team scraped together a 4-4 tie. West Haven was down 3-2 at Halftime. Edgar Lopez's foot skills payed off with a 30-yard rush with the ball that found the back of the net. Robert Foley capitalized on a PK and tied the game 2-2. Lopez found the back of the net twice in the second half. The first was a beautiful shot from the top of the 18 yard box. The fourth goal came from a well-placed pass from Sebastian Treat that split the defenders and found the foot of Lopez for his third goal of the game. West Haven was unable to hold off Milford as they tied the game 4-4. Collin Charron, Sean Callahan, Robert Foley and Maurizio Urriola all played well on defense. Michael Luth played the entire game in net and made some key saves that kept West Haven from a defeat in their final game. Michael Cardosa played a key role in controlling the center of the field throughout the game. David Smith was the Man of the Match. Normally a defender, Smith shifted to play striker as West Haven played the match with only one substitute. Smith used his defensive knowledge to press high and often which resulted in many opportunities during the first half. Miguel Torres was out due to torn ligaments in his arm, but was still at the game, on the bench supporting his team. The Bohemian Body Art U19 Boys Travel team played their final League game in the heat at Oxford High School, managing a close win 2-1. Javier Yanez placed two goals in the net to secure the win, which gave the Westies second place in the league.
In the final weekend of in-town play, the CT Pest Elimination Green Beans played Dillman & Dillman Adjusters, LLC, losing 9-3. Reina Dormevil and Alexzander Jones played particularly well for the Green Beans. Enoch Kehinde led the scoring for the Green Beans while Maxwell Taylor had a great effort overall. The Elite Soccer Camps Red Dragons won their final game of the season against Lacistrong 6-1. Julius Stokes and Charlie Gunning picked up goals as they dribbled through the opposing team, and Benjamin Trenchard and Jax Guarino combined on a number of nice passing plays. Colin Whelan put in a lot of hustle, and Luca Decresenzo also picked up a goal from a Salvatore Castagnetto pass. The Cappetta's Italian Imports Blue Birds played a tough game against Top Hat Dance Academy, despite a 3-0 loss. Linette Castillo Mendoza, Luciana Cappetta, and Annabelle Fiorillo all hustled to take control of the ball up and down the field. Allianna Wilson worked hard in defense. In the final game of the Spring 2018 Season, the West Haven Italian Civic Association Golden Phoenixes played against the Rock House School of Music Rockers in a game that some would call a battle of titans. The first half was a closely contested match that had the teams tied 1-1. Mekayan Fowler tied the score with an 18 yard blast that scorched the back of the net. Playing just as well was Giovanni Ferrucci who was a force all over the field. Urijah Silva and Victor Magana Preciado were the usual stalwarts on defense, while Daniel Davis and Rafael Treat pulled double duty on both the field and as net-minders. Both players made some incredible saves that left the fans wanting for more. The team finished the year strong and will look to build on that for the upcoming season. The York Business Center Orange Crush lost their last game to Baybrook Remodelers Blue Hawks, 5-1. For the Orange Crush, Alana Hendley scored the team’s lone goal and Lia Powers had the assist. Katelyn Mondo played a strong game midfieldIt was an impressive season for the Blue Hawks, ending with the solid win. Natalie Reed, Madden Evangeliste, Isabel Millard, Sarahi Cruz-Cruz and Jada Fowler each scored goals. Katarina Olivera and Adriana Fabian were solid as midfielders while Melissa Valtierra, Madison Jacksics and MacKenzie Jacksics provided strong defense.
The Seacrest Retirement Center Reds finished their impressive season going 9-0-2, finishing with a 4-1 win against Eli’s Orange. The boys played hard and learned how to work together as a team throughout the season. Austin Carr, Edem Dzandzi, Xander Estes, Michael Gianotti, Kyle Guarino, Ricardo Hernandez-Arce, Cadian Jones-Gaywood, Youssef Maula, Aidan Panton, Vincent Perricone, Jr., Peter Prokopis, Marcos Tepetl, Mikey Vargo, Ryan Walsh and Jayden Williams all showed great improvement throughout the season.
Stowe’s Seafood Blue Eels had a very respectable showing Saturday in the West Haven end of the season U14 Co-ed Tournament, as they combined with the Oyster River Energy Soccer Rockers to finish with two wins and one loss. Paul Christensen and Jessie Jain picked up some goals, while David Christensen, David Dougherty, Jostin Gonzlez, Tyler Geer, and played well in the field. Excellent goalkeeping by Aldair Saucedo and Junior Salguero was also on display. Also in the Co-ed Tournament, the Lions Club of West Haven combined with Porto Funeral Homes to defeat the force of Apple Rehab and Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center 5-1. The team-up of Porto Funeral Homes and Watson Foods Co, LLC, defeated the WH Professional Firefighters/Mulkerin School of Irish Dancing 3-2. In the final game of the weekend, the Elsie Encarnation-State Farm Insurance/Dillman & Dillman Adjusters tied the combined might of Stars Ice Cream and Cappetta’s Italian Imports 4-4.
(June 10, 2018) - A number of the boys travel teams competed in the Cheshire Invitational Tournament this weekend, and were very successful. The Milano & Wanat U11 Boys came home as tournament champs, opening up the weekend with a 4-2 win against Branford. Great play from Efe Tatar, Christian Reyes, Tom Williams, and Evan Amaro contributed to the win. In the second game, the Westies took on rival Shelton and they were able to dominate the field with crisp passing, keeping Shelton off guard and on the defensive. The Westies won 4-1. Key contributors were Gabe Locklear, Dylan Agvent, Dylan Petrie and Brian Cruz. The Westies took on Amity on Sunday in a crucial game three. The boys came out strong with several early chances, but met with little success due to the strong goal keeping of Amity’s Owen Hawes. Keeping the game simple and not panicking, the Westies were able to find the back of the net three times to walk away with the 3-0 win. Strong performances from Malik Ouri, Keifer Tandazo, Angel Magana and Antonio Brown helped lead the U11’s to the win. Game four saw the Westies matched up against Manchester, with the winner walking away as tournament champions. The Westies continued their run, and came out strong, going up 3-0 by the half and adding another in the second half to win the final 4-0. Phenomenal play from Bobby Severino, Ethan Masoperth and Matt Hunter led to the win. Also strong throughout the entire tournament was keeper Yahzeel Beyley, who only gave up one goal over the course of the weekend. The Porto Funeral Homes U12 boys travel team also won their bracket in the tournament. The boys went 4-0, winning the crucial final game against Madison 5-1. Sean Callahan played very well defensively over the course of the weekend, also chipping in to the attack with a goal and an assist. Also playing well over throughout the tournament was Darrell Karikari-Appiah, Collin Charron, and Giancarlo Esquivel.
In other travel team games, the Watson Foods Co U16 Boys won their CT Cup semifinal matchup against Guilford 4-1, putting them in the final of the state tournament. The Elite Soccer Camps U12 Girls team traveled to Meriden Saturday afternoon, and came away with a 2-2 draw. After going down 1-0, Ariana Izzo scored from a long range effort to even the score, after combining down the flank with Cynthia Burns. Brooke Flaherty put in the second goal for the Westies off a powerful shot into the roof of the net, after Alyvia Ginsberg and Isabelle Nagle worked to win the ball. Olivia Trenchard worked hard defensively, joined by the outside midfielders Josephina Lakaj and Abigail Phelan. Ava Murphy held strong for the Westies in the goal. The Top Hat Dance Academy U11 Thunder Girls team played Branford, winning 4-1. Alexandra Nunes scored, and Lea Boguniecki and Michelle Ceja both played well. Amanda Fagnani showed some hustle, and Katelynn Salgado never stopped working throughout the match. The Elite Soccer Camps U11 Lightning Girls team hosted Wallingford early Saturday evening. The girls fought hard against a very skilled Wallingford side that is going to the CT Cup Finals, but ultimately fell 4-3. Llyanna Griffith-Waite scored one, while Ciara Harp netted the other two. Adelicia Parise made her comeback after an injury set back, and played well defensively. Annabelle Pasacreta was solid on defense and calm on the ball in the attack, while the central midfield trio of Jaelyn Beauvais, Jaylyn Powell and Aylin Soto worked hard on both sides of the ball. Chloe Whelan did a good job anchoring the defense, and Ashlynn Trenchard and Molly Gunning worked hard on the flanks. The Seacrest Retirement Center U9/U10 Girls had their first loss of the season in Wallingford this past weekend. The girls lost 1-0 against a very aggressive Wallingford team. The team was slow to get moving, but came alive in the second half in a very physical matchup. Marcy Funke and Cristel Miguel helped push the ball forward. Aarya Mulmi and Kayci Gayle worked hard on defense to slow the Wallingford attack. Kaylee Pellino and Camilla Murphy used their footskills to move around the midfield, but unfortunately the team could not get goal they needed for the tie. The team has one more friendly in Orange next weekend to close the season. The Lions Club of West Haven U9 Boys played in Orange this week and played a well fought game from start to finish in a 4-3loss. Santiago Morales made some strong saves in goal. Pablo Feregrino moved the ball well at forward and was part of a couple of goals that came from some solid passing sequences. CJ Sutton had his best travel game of the season and scored a great goal in the bottom right corner off a rebound. RJ Jackson played a solid game on defense, slowing the Orange attack throughout the game.
In recreation action this week, the Elite Soccer Camps Red Dragons and the CT Pest Elimination Green Beans battled in a competitive game Saturday morning, with the Elite Soccer Red Dragons coming out on top 7-4. Charlie Gunning and Julius Stokes led the attack, joined by Colin Whelan who scored off a Benjamin Trenchard assist. Jax Guarino and Nour El Mouki worked hard, joined by Alessia Coletta, Marco Antonucci and Aiden Slater. For the Green Beans, Harper Golde and Jillian Crudo played particularly well, and Nylah O'Gilvie and Seth Empric showed great teamwork and passing in the game. The Bohemian Body Art Irish Green continue to work hard as the season nears the end, winning 2-1 against the Baybrook Remodelers Blue Hawks. Kylie Gibbons scored a great goal off a cross by Camilla Murphy. Arianna Throm earned her first win in goal holding the opponent to just one goal. Lexi Lucas used her speed and great footwork to push the ball forward which resulted in a nice goal by Kayci Gayle. With one game to go the team remains undefeated. For the Baybrook Remodelers Blue Hawks,
Natalie Reed, Madden Evangeliste, Katarina Oliveira, and Sarahi Cruz-Cruz led the offense with solid passing and ball control. Jada Fowler and Melissa Valtierra shut down many advances with strong defense. The Rock House School of Music Rockers earned a 1-1 tie this weekend against a tough Eli’s Orange that was relentlessly attacking the boys down the stretch. Jovan Lakaj made a couple of incredible passes which ended in goals. Chase Agvent played a hard game on defense, along with Xavier McMillan. William Hulse worked hard at forward and provided the team with important minutes. The Gunning Law Firm Red Wolves earned a 3-2 win this week against Elsie-Encarnation State Farm Insurance. In a close game, Finley Gunning and Lynnie Chesson were able to use their footwork to push the ball forward and help involve their teammates. Elina Cordero fought hard for the ball and used her defensive skills to slow the other team. The girls are undefeated heading into their last game. The Mulkerin School of Irish Dance Tigers showed excellent defense and offense which led to a 4-2 victory over the WH Italian-American Civic Association. The defense was led by Rhyon Christie, Elijah Reddick, and Christian Ashong. The offensive side was led by the exceptional footwork by Greg Reddick ,Rida Saanon, Andrew Collazo, and Alex Lima-Cortes.
The Oyster River Energy Soccer Rockers won on Saturday, 4-3 against Stars Ice Cream. The team put together a great game, the goalie made great stops, the defense moved up the field and the midfielders pushed the ball into open space and the forwards shot the ball without hesitation, this was a great team win and they did it together with everyone getting involved in the game. Stowe’s Seafood Blue Eels came out on top, 7-3, this weekend against Dillman & Dillman Adjusters, LLC. Jesse Jain and Ato Ofosu-Appiah each scored two goals, while David Christensen, David Dougherty and Edwin Saucedo added one apiece. Stephen Christensen and Connor Hummel were strong in the field throughout the game. The York Business Center Orange Crush lost to Cappetta’s Italian Imports 3-1. Isabella Antonucci scored the team’s lone goal. All of the girls played well in the close game, showing great improvement throughout the season. The West Haven Professional Firefighters Association Green Machine dropped a close game to West Shore Family Dental, 3-2. Aedan Guarino and Abdelrahman Osman both scored in the loss, with Chase Watson picking up assists on both goals. Lamont Woods played a great game as well.
In the final two games of the weekend, the Lacistrong Predators and the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center Rangers in an offensive battle. The two teams had to settle for a tie after scoring four goals apiece. The Apple Rehab Defenders lost to the Dillman & Dillman Avengers 5-1, with Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth picking up two goals each.
(June 3, 2018) - It was a hot weekend as the players of the West Haven Youth Soccer League continued their seasons, and there was a lot of great action. A number of the Girls Travel Teams took part in the annual Cheshire Quinnipiac Valley Invitational Tournament. The Elite Soccer Camps U11 Lightning went 1-3 in the tournament, but it was not a bad showing as they were forced to play up an age group against some very strong U12 teams. The girls opened the tournament with a 2-0 loss against Shelton Premier. Kayla Burt was solid in goal, and the defense worked well to limit the Premier team’s chances under the guidance of Camryn Flaherty, Chloe Whelan, Niamh Chesson, and Annabelle Pasacreta. The girls bounced back in the second game on Saturday, beating Southington’s U12 girls 4-1. Brooke Flaherty, Alexandria Nunes and Aylin Soto all scored, while Jaylyn Powell was instrumental in the win as she dominated the midfield. On Sunday, the girls lost 3-0 to North Haven’s U12 team, giving up all three goals in the first half. The girls battled and played great in the second half, forcing North Haven’s goalie to make some great saves to keep the Westies off the scoresheet. Ashlynn Trenchard and Sophie Mazuroski showed a lot of grit, matching the aggressiveness of their older opponents, as well as both remaining calm on the ball and connecting some nice passes. In the final game of the tournament, the U11’s lost to eventual tournament champions Prospect. Again going up against a U12 team, the girls showed what they are made of, and even though they lost 4-0, they fought to the last whistle. Molly Gunning, Llyanna Griffith-Waite, and Etta Funke all fought hard for every ball and worked to the very end. The Oyster River Energy U14 girls were runners up at the tournament, going 2-0-2 and only conceding one goal the whole weekend. Nevaeh Swanson, Cori Severino, Cecilia Yanez, Grace Nowak and Celia Williams all played well throughout the weekend. Rounding out the teams taking part in the tournament were the Top Hat Dance Academy U19 girls. The girls faced some stiff competition, falling to Killingly 4-0, Cheshire 3-1, Branford 3-0 and tying Southington 1-1. Mackenzie Gardner, Selena Izzo, Amanda Tsankos, Riley Collins and Angela Borelli all put in a solid effort for the Westies.
The Seacrest Retirement Center U11 Boys Travel team saw their impressive CT Cup run come to an end, playing their third away game in a row, this time in East Hampton for a quarter-final matchup. The Westies came out a little flat as they tried to adjust to a small field, allowing three goals in the first half. Down 3-0 at the half, the boys didn’t hang their heads, showing the Westie spirit as they dug in and fought back. The boys dominated the second half with outstanding play from Malik Ouri, Bobby Severino and Tom Williams. Keifer Tandazo and Ethan Masoperh led the midfield, creating some solid chances on goal. Brian Cruz and Matt Hunter both found the back of the net, making the score 3-2. The boys pushed for the tying goal, but came up short. Even though they bowed out of the cup in the quarters, they have a lot to be proud of! The Lions Club of West Haven U16 Boys Travel team also played in the CT Cup quarterfinals, winning against Newington 5-3. The U16 Westies are making their third trip to the semifinals of the competition.
In other travel team action, the Cornell Scott-Hill Health U9/U10 Girls Travel team earned a 1-0 win against Madison this week in an important league game. Camilla Murphy was able to dribble through the midfield and defense and lace a goal into the bottom right corner. Kayci Gayle and Aarya Mulmi held off the Madison attack on defense. Sarahi Cruz and Melissa Valtierra provided solid minutes off the bench at forward for the team, while Cristel Miguel earned the shut out in goal in her first appearance of the season. The Porto Funeral Homes U9 Boys Travel team hosted Naugatuck and after going down 1-0, battled back for the 2-1 win. Jackson Murphy had a shutout in goal in the second half which helped give the boys a chance to earn the win. Santiago Morales scored two amazing goals in the second half to help solidify the win. Chase Agvent was solid on defense under a relenting Naugatuck attack. Eddie Fagnani provided good minutes on the offensive attack. Overall, all the boys showed great strength as team to get the win. The West Shure Family Dental U10 Boys Developmental Travel team played Naugatuck this Saturday. The WH boys won 2-1. The end of the first half saw the Westies up 1-0 thanks to a left footed volley from Sean Studley off a throw-in from Jovan Lakaj that bounced over a Naugatuck defender. Early on in the second half Naugatuck tied the game 1-1. West Haven’s strong defense provided the game winning assist with a high bouncing clearance from Jovan Lakaj. Lakaj’s clearance found Sean Studley who won the 50-50 ball from the Naugy defender and slotted the ball in the bottom right corner to win the game for the Westies. Rafi Treat played the entire game in goal and had multiple saves throughout the game.
The Elsie Encarnation State Farm Insurance U12 Boys Travel team played two games last weekend and finally got back to their winning ways. On Saturday the Westies hosted Prospect for a league match. Prospect came out and scored an early goal. The Westies countered with a goal from Munib Kassem. The pattern continued another round as Prospect scored and West Haven countered with a second goal by Kassem and then he finished out the game with a hat trick and game winner. Michael Cardoso and Edgar Lopez played well and provided a strong midfield presence that supplied Kassem with all three goals. Sebastian Treat and Cameron Cruz-Sharog played well throughout the game . Mikey Luth played the entire game in goal providing some key saves to keep the Westies ahead until the final whistle with a 3-2 win. On Sunday the Westies travelled to Madison for another league game. The Westies struggled early on defensively and an early foul inside the goal box set up Madison for a PK and the early 1-0 lead. After the early breakdown, the defense tightened up their coverage and played a strong game. The Westies defense was led by Collin Charron, Sean Callahan, David Smith, Miguel Torres, Darryl Appiah, and Maurizio Urriola. Charron provided a solid central defensive play throughout the game. Callahan was calm and confident throughout the game as he shut down many attacks. Smith and Urriola were strong defensively, but also provided offensive support moving the ball through the middle third into the final third. Mikey Luth moved into a midfield position for this game and provided the Westies the second goal and which ultimately proved to be the game winning goal. The Westies attack proved to be too much for Madison as they scored two more goals to win the league match 4-1. One of the best goals of the season came from the foot of Robert Foley as he released a cannon from the right side touch line outside the goal box that sailed to the far upper left corner of the net. LJ Laboy played a solid game in net saving several Madison scoring opportunities. Kassem provided another goal as the Westies moved to into second place with a 2-2-0 record in the U12 A division league play.
In the Recreation Program action this weekend, the Elite Soccer Camps Red Dragons beat Dillman & Dillman Adjusters LLC 6-2. Charlie Gunning, Julius Stokes and Colin Whelan led the way for the Dragons, backed up by Alessia Coletta, Aiden Slater and Ben Trenchard. Also working hard was Salvatore Castagnetto and Luca Decrescenzo. The Bohemian Body Art Irish Green had a great game this week in hot conditions. The team was able to work the ball around the field with good passing and great footwork. Arianna Throm was able to stop all threats that came her way on defense. Marcy Funke provided the team with solid play in the midfield alongside Sophia Empiric and Kylie Gibbons. Finley Gunning and Kayci Gayle scored some amazing goals as they lead the team to the 6-1 win over the York Business Center Orange Crush. For the Crush, Navdaly Garndo played excellent defense and Katelyn Mondo played strong midfield throughout the game. Isabella Antonucci scored the team’s goal. The Rock House School of Music Rockers rebounded this week after suffering a devastating loss the previous week. Pablo Feregrino started the game off with a nice chip over the goalies’ head. Quennel Nesmith played very well in the midfield and got the hat trick. Jason Resaleu worked hard at forward and Jovan Lakaj made some incredible assists to help lift the team to the 6-1 win over the WH Professional Firefighters Green Machine. For the Green Machine, Gabriel Greengas and Raymond Listorti scored. Great defense was played by Damon Presby, and Christopher Glynn had a great overall game.
The Gunning Law Firm Red Wolves fell 3-2 against Cappetta’s Italian Imports Blue Birds. Angelina Torres showed great ball control throughout the game for the Wolves, while Hailey Dargon made some great passes during the game and provided the team with strength on the attack. Lulu Sebas played strong defense which helped spark the attack. For the Blue Birds, Charissa Ashong, Linete Castillo Mendoza, and Luciana Cappetta scored. Annabelle Fiorillo was fierce was aggressive on the field, taking control of the ball several times throughout the game. The CT Pest Elimination Green Beans played Mulkerin School of Irish Dance, winning 6-2. Adam Lennon led the way for the Green Beans with two goals. Angelina Frosolone played great overall, contributing a strong effort. Ethan Jacinto and Enoch Kehinde were exceptional on defense, consistently stopping their opponent’s onslaught. Enoch also chipped in a goal to add to the tally. The Baybrook Remodelers Blue Hawks continued their impressive season with a 3-0 victory over Cappetta’s Italian Imports red. Madden Evangeliste, Jada Fowler and Isabel Millard each scored goals. Natalie Reed and Katarina Oliveira played excellent at midfield. Melissa Valiterra and Sarahi Cruz supported with strong defense while Adriana Fabian provided stellar goaltending.
The WH Italian American Civic Association’s Golden Phoenix faced Milano and Wanat Blue Thunder Saturday at Peterson Field. The Blue Thunder came out on top 6-0. Joey Sperry and Mekayan Hernandez-Tlamintzi both played well and had several opportunities in the offensive half for the Golden Phoenix . Giovanni Ferrucci, Victor Magana Preciado, Urijah Silva all played various positions and did well throughout the game. The Blue Thunder came out strong with Matthew Panton scoring the first goal with a cross from Nathan Charron. Charron assisted on the second goal off a well placed corner kick that found the foot of Ryan Malone. Malone had 3 goals and Charrone had 3 goals. Aaron Abraham and Guillermo Gonzaga both played well in goal for the Blue Thunder. Stowe’s Seafood came out on top 9-4 over Eli’s Orange in a well-played game. Jessie Jain netted six goals, while David Christensen, Ato Ofosu-Appiah and Dave Dougherty added one apiece. Aldair Saucedo was great in goal and Shawn Tarpeh was stellar on defense. In other action, Apple Rehab of West Haven fell to Lacistrong 5-4, and Stars Ice Cream and Watson Foods Co LLC battled to a 3-3 tie.
(May 27, 2018) - This week's action started with a midweek game between the two U11 Girls West Haven Travel teams, the Lacistrong Thunder and the Elite Soccer Camps Lightning. The girls battled in the rainy conditions, with both teams creating chances. Sydni Gayle made some key stops for the Thunder in goal, while her counterpart for the Lightning, Kayla Burt, did as well. Llyanna Griffith-Waite, Andreya Bridges, and Michelle Ceja played well on defense for the Thunder, while Ciara Harp and Amyah Kelly created some key chances on goal and Chloe Whelan scored from the penalty spot. Alexandria Nunes, Jaylyn Powell, and Jaelyn Beauvais scored for the Lightning, while Niamh Chesson, Sophie Mazuroski, and Annabelle Pasacreta were solid on defense. Aylin Soto, Molly Gunning, and Ashlynn Trenchard rounded out the hard work with a solid job in midfield in the win for the Elite Soccer Lightning. The Milano & Wanat U11 Boys Travel team hosted Hamden in a league game Friday night. The Westies came out with a purpose, scoring twice off of crosses from Matt Hunter. Angel Magana, Yahzeel Beyley and Brian Cruz all scored as the Westies went on to win 5-0.
In G Division action, the CT Pest Elimination Green Beans played Eli's Orange, losing 5-2. Harper Golde and Jillian Crudo led the way for the Green Beans working hard throughout the game. Nylah O'Gilvie and Alexzander Jones did well offensively, passing well and working hard to keep the Green Beans in the game. For Eli's Orange, Gavin Lenin played a great game, and Ariel Titus scored five goals, but the whole team contributed to her scoring, proving their is no "I" in team.
The Elite Soccer Camps Red Dragons came out on top against Watson Foods Co, LLC. Colin Whelan, Charlie Gunning, Nour El Mouki and Julius Stokes all scored. Alessia Coletta and Salvatore Castagnetto both played hard, and Ben Trenchard had a nice dribbling sequence. Aiden Slater, Marco Antonucci, Luca Decresenzo and Jax Guarino all put in a lot of hustle in the win for the Elite Soccer Red Dragons.
In F Division Play, Cappetta’s Italian Imports Blue Birds played a fierce game against the Top Hat Dance Academy but came up just short in a 2-1 loss. Jocelyn Kenny was strong and quick, scoring the team’s only goal. Luciana Cappetta hustled and controlled the ball up and down the field while Linette Mendoza Castillo had several great passes to her teammates. The Apple Rehab Blue Dragons came away with a 3-2 in against the Lions Club of West Haven. Jayden Abekah, Nathan Almeida, Diego Oceguera, and Luis Ramirez all did a great job on the field. The Seacrest Retirement Center Scorpions beat the Oyster River Energy Autobots in a tight 2-1 game. In the final game in the F Division, the Dillman & Dillman Adjusters, Dancing Devils defeated the Mulkerin School of Irish Dancing Mighty Leprechauns 4-3.
The Bohemian Body Art Irish Green had a great game this week dominating from start to finish, coming out on top over Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center. The team was led by a massive offensive attack who never let up throughout the game. Valentina Mariconde recorded a shutout in goal. Cristel Miguel started the offensive charge with two goals early and Kayci Gayle held down the defense by herself in the backfield to allow the team to push forward. The Rock House School of Music Rockers suffered their first loss of the season to West Shore Family Dental. They had a strong attack and played well throughout the game, but tired in the second half and their opponents capitalized on this with two goals late in the game. Quennel Nesmith played very well in the midfield. Jovan Lakaj worked hard at striker and recorded the only goal for the team. Xavier McMillan and Chase Agvent played hard on defense under a heavy attack by the opponent. The Gunning Law Firm earned a win in a hard fought game against Porto Funeral Homes. Amidst the heavy heat, the girls were able to squeeze out a win. For both teams defense was an issue due to the heat and every girl on the team played important minutes. Sophia Empiric, Braelynn Elliot and Finley Gunning scored enough goals to lift them to the 5-4 win. The York Business Center Orange Crush played Baybrook Remodelers. They played an amazing game in the first really hot game of the season, but they unfortunately lost 3-1. Lila Poincelot and Leeanna Perez both played wonderful in the goal, and Perez also scored the lone goal for the Orange Crush. Valentina Demartino played an excellent game in midfield, playing strong the entire game! The West Haven Professional Firefighters Green Machine beat the West Haven Italian American Civic Association, 2-1, with goals from Raymond Listorti and Abdelrahman Osman. Matthew Pascreta played a great game on defense, and Jeffery Walker did great in goal.
The Stars Ice Cream Green Strikers defeated Elsie Encarnation State Farm Insurance Monday night, 4-3. The Strikers were led by Nina Reed, Nada El Mouki, amd Madyson Ortiz. Aliana Tepetl and Katherine Garcia-Romero played well in goal. The Strikers were back in action on Saturday, winning 6-2 over Dillman & Dillman Adjusters, LLC. El Mouki and Haley Colon each scored, and they were supported Caydance Hill and Camille Merrity, who both played great defense. The Stowe’s Seafood Blue Eels came up short in a tough loss to Stars Ice Cream in a game that was hot and grueling. Great sportsmanship and effort with the Christensen Triplets, Stephen, David and Paul leading the way and great play on the field by Christian Oceguera and Aiden Mancini. Excellent defense was played by Adalbert Oceguera. Stars Ice Cream was led by Myles Ligon, who scored four goals, while Edward Perez added two and Joseph Lakaj added one. The midfield played great, led by Carlos Freire- Zumba, Andy Toledo, David Collazo Jr, Raul Sanchez and Seon Lora. But it was the defense of Alexander Alfonso, Jonathan Gorman, Santiago Rios, Nikolas Hemmings and goalie Jordan Paulin that put it all together for the team as they continue to improve in all areas of soccer. This helped keep their undefeated season intact going into next week’s game.
(May 20, 2018) - 11 Boys Advance to Cup Quarterfinals -
The weather was uncooperative this past Saturday, forcing the West Haven Youth Soccer League to cancel a good chunk of games. But not all was off, as many of the Travel teams were able to brave the conditions and get some key games in. The Rock House School of Music U11 Boys Travel Team had two key games this weekend.On Friday night, the boys battled a tough Meriden team in an important league matchup. The Westies came out strong, with Antonio Brown and Keifer Tandazo giving the team the 2-0 halftime lead. Meriden made some key adjustments at halftime and in the second half pulled even. With time ticking away, the Westies defense held off a Meriden counterattack, and giving the Westies with possession of the ball. Through the hard work of his team, Ethan Masoperh was set-up for a beautiful shot from 30 yards out that banged into the upper right hand corner, securing the game for West Haven. Tom Williams, Malik Ouro Adei, Dylan Petrie and Bobby Severino were all strong in this key win for West Haven. On less than 24 hours rest, the U11 boys had to travel to New Milford Saturday for their round of 16 game in the Connecticut Cup. The pouring rain did not slow the boys down, as they took the game to their opponents from the opening whistle. Ethan Masoperh led the team with three goals, and following his lead and getting goals of their own were Angel Magana, Dylan Petrie, Brian Cruz, Matt Hunter, Tom Williams and Keifer Tandazo. The Westies advance to the quarter-finals, where they will face a strong East Hampton. The Westies are down to the Elite Eight in a competition that started with 54 teams from all over the state.
The Gunning Law Firm U15 West Haven Boys Travel team played in the 24th Annual Clinton Invitational Tournament this past weekend, and won all four games to advance to the championship. The boys played hard through a rainy Saturday and a sunny and hot Sunday, scoring 20 goals throughout the tournament and allowing only 2 goals against. West Haven faced Branford in the final, coming out on top 2-1 in overtime. Holden Axlerod’s phenomenal goaltending helped lead the Westies to the championship. On the field the boys played well with quick passes and on point shots to the net. Donaldo Yanez, Mark Conchaga, Christopher Martinez, Antonio Guerrero led with scoring, while the defense was led by Wilson Cordova, Diego Soto, John Portillo and Rafael Gazcon. Midfielders Brian Carew, Alan Lopez, Jason Ardito and Bryan Rivas strong support showed what a well rounded team they are. Congratulation to the boys on their championship.
On Saturday, the West Shore Family Dental U9/U10 Girls Travel team played a friendly against Naugatuck in a rain drenched atmosphere at home. With rain heavy and the field filling with water, it became a battle of wills to see who would come out on top. Marcy Funke had the game winning goal to put the Westies up 2-1 with a goal that had to cross through a puddle to reach the back of the net. Arya Mulmi played outstanding defense along with stellar play in the midfield by Bella Rose Ramirez and Madden Evangeliste. On Sunday, the team took to the road, going to Hamden for an afternoon friendly and came away with a 1-1 tie. They had to battle the first heat wave of the season amid humid conditions. Kayci Gayle had the only goal for West Haven, off an assist by Valentina Mariconde. Ericka Tighe played solid in goal, and has become the back bone of the team in net. Michelle Mora and Kaylee Pellino fought hard on the offensive side of the ball. And Camilla Murphy’s late charge at forward almost lifted the Westies to the win, but the team couldn’t capitalize on a late penalty kick. The U9/U10 Girls Travel team remains undefeated in league and friendly play, with only a few games left in the season.
The Elite Soccer Camps U12 Girls Travel team fell at home to a tough Oxford team Saturday afternoon. The Westies jumped out to a 2-0 lead through two Brooke Flaherty goals, but Oxford tied it up before the half was out. Ariana Izzo added a third goal from a well hit shot from outside the 18 yard box, but it was not enough as the rainy conditions and a lack of subs got to the Westies. Oxford took the lead late in the second half and held on for the win. Cynthia Burns had a strong game on defense, while Brooke Throm worked hard at outside mid. Camryn Flaherty was the backbone of the defense, and came up with key plays throughout the game. Camryn Beauvais also showed a lot of hustle in the game for the Elite Soccer Girls Travel team.
The West Haven Youth Soccer League would like to announce tryouts for the 2018-2019 Travel Teams. All soccer players born between 2004 (only those entering 8th grade) and 2008 can tryout for the Travel teams. Tryouts for all girls teams will be held June 6th and 14th, while all boys tryouts will be June 8th and 12th. Rain date for all tryouts is June 18th.
Players are required to attend 1 of 2 tryouts in order to be considered. West Haven Youth Soccer League encourages players to attend both tryouts if possible. Players that aspire to play at a higher level of competition and commitment, both on and off the field are encouraged to tryout. Any player that would like to play high school and/or college soccer someday should be playing travel soccer at the youth level. Most teams practice twice a week, with one or two games on weekends.
In addition, depending on the skill level, teams will take part in the Connecticut Cup Championship and tournaments, both in and out of state. Players must be registered before they are allowed to tryout. If you have any questions or would like more information, please email the West Haven Youth Soccer League Travel Team Director, Matt Petrie, at Competition@whysl.org.
(May 13, 2018) - It was a rain logged Saturday and a cloudy Sunday, but the West Haven Youth Soccer League got in a full slate of games this past weekend. The Milano & Wanat U11 Boys Travel team traveled to Shelton for a second round Connecticut Cup match Saturday afternoon. Shelton came out strong forcing the action and making crisp passes. The Westie defense was able to limit Shelton's shots on goal while their opponent was pressing. Late in the first half Shelton squeezed one by to put the hosts up 1-0 at the half. The Westies did not panic and came out calm and confident in the second half, winning every 50-50 ball and denying Shelton the counter attack. Brian Cruz tied it tor West Haven on a beautiful shot to the opposite top corner, lighting a fire under the Westies as they pushed for a winner. Ethan Masoperth found the goal and West Haven was able to hold off Shelton's late attempts to tie the game, as the Westies came out on top 2-1. Playing great in the win were Antonio Brown and Angel Magana as West Haven advances to the third round of the statewide competition. The Lions Club of West Haven U9/U10 Girls Travel team had a league game against Guilford on Saturday. The team was led with goals by Cristel Miguel and Camilla Murphy who helped lift the team to a 2-2 tie. Arya Mulmi and Kayci Gayle provided strong defense. Lexi Lucas, Madden Evangeliste, and Kaylee Pellino led the attack from the midfield during an up and down battle between the two teams. The team is undefeated in league play so far with a couple more league games and several friendlies left in the season. Coach Murphy said, “playing against older girls all season has made this team stronger and I would take them anywhere in the state against their counterparts knowing the girls will give me a solid effort and battle until the end." The West Shore Family Dental U10 Boys Travel team journeyed up to Middlebury on Saturday and played a tough game to the final whistle despite a tough 3-2 loss. The only thing more persistent than the rain was the Middlebury passing. The Westies scored first as Leo Mazuroski found himself on the end of a beautiful pass from Sean Studley. Mazuroski hit the back of the net to put the Westies up 1-0. Pacey Larka made it 2-0 for the Westies as he used his speed to get past the Middlebury defense. Middlebury quickly regrouped and put together a string of passes that quickly tied the game. Like the rain and cold temps, Middlebury didn’t stop and found the back of the net one last time for a final score of 3-2. Maicon Miguel made some outstanding saves throughout the game keeping the Westies alive. Nate Charron, Jovan Lakaj, and Matthew Panton all played well on defense. The Westies game record now stands at 4-1-1.
In G Division action this weekend, the Elite Soccer Camps Red Dragons took on Lacistrong Polar Bears in the first game Saturday morning. The Red Dragons came away with the win, behind the highlight reel worthy performance of Colin Whelan as he showed his moves, made some great passes, played strong defense and put the ball in the back of the net. Benjamin Trenchard picked up his first career goal, and also scoring were Julius Stokes and Charlie Gunning. Jax Guarino, Marco Antonucci, and Alessia Coletta also had a strong game for the Elite Soccer Red Dragons. For the Lacistrong Polar Bears, Mason Panton, Leonidis Dews, Andrew Loehn and Jacob Rader all scored, and Brooklynn O'Mara and Phoebe DiNuzzo played well, and showing excellent defense was Alexander Hulse and Jayden Prates. The CT Pest Elimination Green Beans lost a heartbreaker to Dillman & Dillman Adjusters, LLC, in the second game of the day. Bastian Tandazo and Reina Dormevil led the way for the Green Beans on offense and defense. Maxwell Taylor also had a great game showing excellent hustle. In the final G Division game, Eli's Orange took on Watson Foods Co, LLC. In a back and worth, well played game, Gavin Lenihan and Marvin Castillo worked hard for Eli's Orange, as did Jacob Warren and Shawn Gilbert for Watson Foods.
The F Girls Division was full of action this past weekend, as Cappetta's Italian Imports played a well-fought game against the Gunning Law Firm. Leila Lancaster and Allianna Wilson scored for the team with spectacular assists from Annabelle Fiorillo and Jocelyn Kenny. Despite a 7-3 loss, the team didn't let the rain get in their way! The Gunning Law Firm showed great heart in this game, with only five players showing up to the game amidst the rainy conditions. Sophia Empiric, Lulu Sebas, Hailey Dargon, Kylie Gibbons, and Lynnie Chesson were given high praise from their coach as they led a massive offensive charge and overpowered their opponents in the win. Without any subs available, they had to dig down deep and not let up from start to finish. Coach Murphy says, “its an exciting time to see these girls playing so well as they get ready to move up to U10 in the fall." Dillman & Dillman Adjustors took on Top Hat Dance Company. For Dillman & Dillman Adjustors, Stella Porto scored four goals and made an endless number of stops, while Caty Aloi did a great job playing a new position. Isabella Kodjo scored her first goal this weekend. Porto Funeral Homes against Seacrest Retirement Center rounded out the action, with Porto Funeral Homes coming out on top 3-1.
The WH Italian American Civic Association’s U10 Boys Golden Phoenix played a tough game at Peterson Field against Rock House School of Music Rockers. The Golden Phoenix played well despite a 2-0 loss and only having one substitute on the bench. The rain didn’t keep those who did play from having fun. Daniel Davis played goal for the first half and made several key saves. Joey Sperry and Mekayan Hernandez-Tlamintzi created several opportunities for each other, but were unable to find the back of the net. Giovanni Ferrucci held off several attacks and played solid in central defense providing many passes through the midfield to Sperry and Tlamintzi. Nicholas Medina Rosero played outstanding in goal the second half. Kenneth Peralta and Hasan Alrawashdeh played a solid game overall. The Rock House School of Music Rockers continued their winning ways in rainy conditions. Due to schedule conflicts, their head coach has not been able to be at most of their games and he gives great credit to the boys and assistants Ken Hulse and Melissa Agvent who have been able to play at a high level without him. Coach Murphy commends their efforts and credits the family like atmosphere that his team has as to the reason why they continue to play so well. Chase Agvent played hard defense and William Hulse led a valiant effort at forward in the win. Pablo Feregrino's great footwork and Jovan Lakaj’s stellar play continue to move the boys forward in the division. The Mulkerin School of Irish Dance Tigers had an outstanding victory against the WH Professional Firefighters-IAFF #1198 Green Machine. Alex Lima-Cortes scored two goals, while Andrew Collazo scored one to make it 3-0. Geovani-Caceres and Omar Flores-Montealegre were vital in moving the ball up the field to the goal scorers. The game was not one-sided, though. Sebastian Ocegera Torres was able to run the field and play defense to stop potential goal scoring shots from getting off. This game might have been the boys best game of the season so far. For the WH Professional Firefighters-IAFF #1198 Green Machine, Nathan Spreyer played a great game in goal. Awesome footwork was on display by Gabriel Greengas and Evan Lannon played great defense.
The Bohemian Body Art Irish Green had another solid game this week, coming out on top over York Business Center. The team was led by goals by Arianna Throm, Finley Gunning, and Ava Pellino. Valentina Mariconde, Camilla Murphy, and Kayci Gayle recorded a shutout in goal. Marcy Funke provided the team with skilled play in the midfield. Coach Murphy said, “this is a fun group to work with. They are all U9’s and they play at a U10 level and continue to exceed expectations." The Baybrook Remodelers Blue Hawks played another exciting game against Cappetta’s Italian Imports Red, which ended in a tie. Natalie Reed orchestrated the offensive attack with support from Madden Evangeliste, Sarahi Cruz-Cruz and Melissa Valiterra. Katarina Oliveira was tremendous in midfield, with Jada Fowler providing solid goaltending to round out the effort. Michelle Mora-Cyrus and Mariella Cappetta put in some solid work for Cappetta's Italian Imports. Apple Rehab of West Haven played the Elsie Encarnation-State Farm Insurance Raiders, with the Raiders surviving the rainy conditions to come out on top 4-2.
In CD action this week, Stowe's Seafood played Stars Ice Cream in a well played, hard fought match that found the Stowe’s Seafood Blue Eels coming out on top 4-2. Edwin Saucedo scored, while great defense was played by Junior Salguero and Jared Saucedo. Adam Boulguid and Ato Ofosu-Appiah added some excellent play on the field. The Cornell-Scott Hill Health Center Leprechauns played against Oyster River Energy in an entertaining tie. Sarah Davey and Isabella Violate-Fletcher played well for Oyster River, and Nada El Mouki was strong for Cornell-Scott Hill Health Center.
West Haven Youth Soccer. Photos courtesy of WHYSL.
West Haven Youth Soccer. Photos courtesy of WHYSL.
West Haven Youth Soccer. Photos courtesy of WHYSL.