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(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.
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