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(October 28, 2019)- The Elite Soccer Camps Golden Dragons ended their season in a tough loss to Nick's Luncheonette, 6-4. Both sides played hard and fought to the very end of the game. Matteo D'Elia showed great ball control and Jax Guarino broke up a few counter attacks. Seth Empiric hustled after the ball and made some good passes, and Ryan Abekah and Luca DeCrescenzo. Jacob Rader showcased his dribbling moves, and Ben Trenchard did a nice pull-back turn under pressure to roll off a defender and create space.
The Top Hat Dance Academy Green Crocodiles took on the WH Federation of Teachers Local 1542 Mini Blueberries. In what was a defensive first half, with the score at the break was 1-1. The Green Crocodiles completed an undefeated season by picking up the scoring in second half winning, getting six for a final score of 7-1. Ariel Titus and Lehanna Philogene were great on offense while Aarohi Jain and Kendall Gilchrist lead the defense. For the Blueberries, Harper Golde pushed the ball forward for her team. Anessa Worrell played aggressively and stole the ball from the opposing team. Isabella Cooper not only helped out in midfield but scored a goal as well. Karine Davila played well defensively blocking shots from finding the net.
The Cappetta's Italian Imports Polar Bears played a tough game against The Gunning Law Firm Blue Hurricanes, finishing with a 5-0 loss. Kiley McCoart played solid defense while Luciana Cappetta had several shots on goal. For the Hurricanes, goals were scored by Lulu Sebas, Kylie Gibbons, Arianna Throm and Sophia Empric. Lynnie Chesson played a strong game at midfield while Alivia Riley helped shut down the opponents on defense. Stella Porto demonstrated excellent foot skills and passing.
The Shoreline Wellness Blue Diamonds won their last game of the season 5-0 over Keenan Funeral Home. Ava Pellino scored all of the goals with a great assist from Allie Powers from the defensive line. Giada Jimenez and Josylyn Davila each played a half in the goal and each contributed to the shut out with some awesome saves. The Blue Diamond team all showed great improvement throughout the season!
The Jason Ranalli Yellow Bees played two outstanding games against West Haven Professional Firefighters Sharks to conclude their season. Curtis Diaz, Kaleb Feliciano and Connor Fitzpatrick teamed up, passed the ball to each other and each scored a goal! Holding up the defense was Adem Gundogdu and Emmett Hemming, who have consistently been key players for their team all season. In their second game, the Bees played the West Haven Police Local 895 Bombers, where Miguel Morales Jr. led the team in both inspirational cheering of his teammates and a fantastic motivational speech to get their final game going. On the field Talla Ndiaye and LeRoy Salvatierra were an unstoppable duo with endless energy. Their play making resulted in two goals for the Bees. Also playing well was Yadiel Rios.
The Milano & Wanat Gold Stars played the Rock House School of Music, winning 5-1. Alanis Nieves played aggressive and made attempts on goal. Madison Jacksics has improved this season and learned how to play her position well. Juliana Crudo made great passes, creating opportunities for her team to score.
The Sweet Relief Catering Blue Thunder came out on top over Stars Ice Cream, 6-1, to stay undefeated for the season. Matt Davis and Stephen Christensen both scored and excellent defense and field play were on display by Paul Christensen, Eric Rivas,and James and Carlos Bazar.
On Friday evening, the Porto Funeral Homes U11 Girls Travel team played in Southington for an away crowd. Southington scored early in the game which put the Westies on alert. As the girls increased their defense, the Westie offense put their first goal in. But the Westies weren't done, with two more goals coming from Madison Gargiulo and Nylah Beyah, which sealed the 3-1 win. On Saturday afternoon, the P & B Express U9 Girls Travel team hosted Shelton, losing 3-0. Josylyn Davila and Olivia Petrie kept several shots away in goal. Stella Porto and Gillian Wynus passed well up and down the field. The Elite Soccer Camps U14 Girls Travel team, went to Meriden Saturday afternoon, falling 2-1. Ariana Izzo picked up the goal, and Jaylyn Powell worked hard to get the ball forward. Molly Gunning made some good passes to get her teammates into scoring positions, and Abigail Phelan showed creativity in the midfield.
In the other weekend action, the Bar Code Warriors overcame a 1-0 deficit at the half to defeat the George Ellis Company Athletics 3-1. Matt Treat picked up the second half hat trick in the win. Oyster River Energy and the WH Italian American Civic Assn battled to a 4-4 draw. Chris Petrie scored the tying goal in the dying seconds of the match as a corner kick banged off him and into the goal.
In the last game of the weekend, West Shore Family Dental Unicorns and the Frank Agvent Plumbing and Heating Chimeras fought it out, with the Unicorns winning 4-0.
(October 21, 2019) - The Elite Soccer Camps Golden Dragons picked up a win in a tough, exciting match Saturday morning, overcoming the Jason Ranalli Grey Ghosts 7-5. Matteo D'Elia showed composure on the ball, dribbling through the Ghosts and scoring a couple of goals. Ben Trenchard also added two goals, as well as using a step-over turn to get out of danger. Jacob Rader, Jax Guarino, and Luca Decresenzo all played well, and Seth Empiris used a number of pull back turns to create space and pass the ball to his teammates.
The Top Hat Dance Academy Green Crocodiles defeated ASH 9-2 with an early goal by Julissa Oliveras, her first of the season. Ariel Titus and Lehanna Philogene both ended up with hat tricks. The Green Crocodiles' defense was led by a strong effort from Kendall Gilchrist and Aarohi Jain.
The Cappetta’s Italian Imports Polar Bears put up a good fight against the Shoreline Wellness Blue Diamonds, losing 2-0. Jocelyn Kenny had some great saves in goal. Samantha Zuk, Luciana Cappetta, and Celeste DiNallo worked well to pass the ball up the field. For the Blue Diamonds, Ava Pellino scored two goals and Josylyn Davila played a great game in the goal. Emiya Mack and Nylah Arthur played strong in the midfield.
The Sweet Relief Catering Blue Thunder played a strong game against Stars Ice Cream, winning 6-1. David Christensen put in a solid defensive effort and scored three goals, and goals were also scored by JR Salguero, Lucas Aronson, and Christian Reyes. Great defense was shown by Matthew Davis and Eric Rivas.
The Porto Funeral Homes Gold Stars played Milano & Wanat, winning 5-1. Jada Turner used her speed to go from defense up the field to create scoring opportunities. Bianca Davila not only played well defensively, but also scored a goal. Olivia Moretti scored for her team increasing their lead. Cheyenne Sebas made a few goals during the game.
The West Haven Federation of Teachers Local 1542 Mini Blueberries played the WH Italian American Civic Assn in a tough matchup, and fell 4-2. Isabella Cooper stole the ball from the opposing team several times. Avielle Bernardo played well defensively, stopping the ball from going into the net. Joelle Dixon aggressively pushed the ball toward the goal. Tyraja Garner used her speed to get to the ball quickly and move it down the field.
The Oyster River Energy Blue Wolves played against Frank Agent Plumbing & Heating, winning 6-1. Malcolm Thompson and Jeremy Salas Chan supported the team by being goalie, while Omar Elnatour and Jackson Schoeman played great offense.
The Gunning Law Firm Blue Hurricanes defeated Keenan Funeral Home 6-0. The Blue Hurricanes got goals from Lynnie Chesson, Kylie Gibbons, Arianna Throm and Sophia Empric. Angelina Torres, Alivia Riley, and Chelsea Hernandez played very strong and Lulu Sebas was excellent in goal.
On Saturday afternoon, the Bar Code U10 Girls Travel team played a well-fought game and tied host Wallingford 1-1. Sophia Empric fond the back of the net for the Westies while Lynnie Chesson and Lulu Sebas shared goalie duties each making tough saves. Jayda Ciliberti and Hailey Dargon had strong games on defense while Sophia Locklear and Haleigh McCarthy played well on the outside, each making excellent passes and showing excellent footwork.
The George Ellis Company U11 Girls travel team played two games away this week. On a very cold Wednesday evening, the Westies faced the South Central Premier U12 girls away in North Branford. The defense was anchored by Amiyah Jones and keeper duties were headed by Kayla Quintanilla. In the first half, Kaylee Pellino put in a goal and in the second, Nylah Beyah. In the end, Westies won 2-1.
In a league game on Saturday, the U11 Westie girls faced Guilford away for a 2-0 win. Cristel Miguel played tough in the net keeping all balls out for the shutout. Some excellent passing in the first half by defender Amiyah Jones, to Katerina Oliveira led to a goal by Nylah Beyah. The girls dominated the game and showed some great endurance, foot skills and passing. Midfield was held down by Katerina Oliveira, Camilla Murphy and Lexi Lucas. Defenders Amiyah Jones, Kayci Gayle and Daniela Bazar kept the ball out of the box with quick moves and strong kicks. Nylah Beyah put a second goal in the net in the second half to put the game away.
Building off the solid play from the tournament last weekend, the P&B Express Lady Westies continued to evolve with a commanding 4-0 win over Madison on Saturday. The offense was sustained throughout the game with Madyson Ortiz and Nada Elmouki both scoring, assisted by Natalie Reed, Aliana Tepetl, and Amyah Kelly. The defense of Bellarose Ramirez, Angelina Messina, Michelle Ceja, Jayden Braacker and Katelynn Salgado completely shut down Madison. In the midfield, Madden Evalgeliste, Jasmine Trigueros, Jade Rivas Resuleu and Sarahi Cruz-Cruz transitioned the ball well out to the wings. Sydney Gayle and Alivia Ginsberg combined goalkeeping duties to complete the shutout.
The Elite Soccer Camps U14 Girls travel team hosted Branford Sunday afternoon, coming out on top by a score of 5-2. The rain impacted the game early as Branford went up 1-0, but West Haven quickly answered. Aylin Soto scored twice off of beautiful free kicks, and Ashynn Trenchard worked hard in midfield to get the ball forward for her teammates. Ericka Tighe and Cashlin O'Neill played well in goal, and Ava Murphy and Molly Gunning helped shut down Branford counter-attacks. The Westies moved the ball well and looked the better team in the win.
The West Shore Family Dental U14 Boys travel team played in the second round of the Connecticut Cup this weekend, visiting rival Southington. In a contentious match, the Westies fought hard, but came up short, losing 2-1.
(October 14, 2019) - The West Haven Youth Soccer League hosted it's 11th Annual West Haven Invitational Tournament, the WHIT, last weekend. It was a beautiful weekend where all of the West Haven travel teams competed against local programs on Saturday and Sunday. The West Haven Youth Soccer League also raised money for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research.
It was an exciting weekend for the U11 Westie girls. West Haven faced both Cheshire U12 and North Haven U12 for two separate games each. On Saturday, the Westies won their first game against Cheshire with a 7-0 final score. Goals were scored by Isabella Antonucci, Lexi Lucas, Katarina Oliveira and Madison Gargiulo. Goalie duties were shared by Cristel Miguel and Valentina DeMartino. The second game was Saturday afternoon against North Haven. In a well fought game, the Westies fell to North Haven 1-0. Cristel Miguel played keeper for the whole game. Sunday brought repeat games against Cheshire and North Haven. On Sunday morning the U11 girls played Cheshire. With a final score of 2-2 the game ended in a tie. Goals were scored by Isabella Antonucci and Katerina Oliveira. Cristel Miguel played as goalie. For the fourth and final game, the Westies took on North Haven and lost 1-0. Valentina DeMartino played the whole game in the goal. Late Sunday afternoon, the U11 girls played in the championship against North Haven. It was a game for the ages. The girls fought hard every minute of the game and it ended 1-1. The lone goal was scored by Lexi Lucas with Cristel Miguel once again in goal. After regulation the Westies played two, 10-minute overtimes and remained tied 1-1. The Westies ended up winning the U12 division in penalty kicks 1-0, with the goal by Camilla Murphy.
The Elite Soccer Camps U14 Girls Travel team played in the U15 division of the tournament. The girls opened up play Saturday afternoon against Ansonia, winning 4-1. Niamh Chesson, Llyanna Griffith-Waite, Cindy Burns, Camryn Flaherty, Chloe Whelan and Annabelle Pasacreta anchored the defense in the opening game. Later Saturday afternoon, the Elite Soccer U14 girls took on Wallingford, winning their second game 4-1. Ariana Izzo, Ava Murphy, Aylin Soto, Jaelyn Beauvais and Jaylyn Powell dominated the midfield and guided their team to the win. Sunday morning, the Elite Soccer U14 girls were back in action, taking on North Haven. After going down 3-0 in the first half, the girls rallied and came out with a 3-3 tie. Brooke Flaherty and Alexandria Nunes led the offense, with Molly Gunning, Camryn Beauvais, and Abigail Phelan working the flanks. In the final game of round robin play, the Elite Soccer U14's needed a win or tie to be sure of advancement to the finals, and they came out strong, getting the 6-0 win against Hamden. Etta Funke and Isabella Eyler played very strong, with Cashlin O'Neill getting the shut-out in goal. Injured players, Olivia Trenchard and Ashlynn Trenchard encouraged their teammates from the bench and showed great leadership. In the finals, the Elie Soccer U14's had a rematch against North Haven. Both teams played well, with regulation ending in a 1-1 draw. North Haven found a way to score in overtime, leaving the Elite Soccer U14 girls to finish in second place. The team worked hard the whole weekend in their successful tournament.
The U9 girls had an impressive weekend at the WHIT, fighting hard in all of their games as the youngest team on the field in the U10 division. On Saturday, they faced off against Wallingford and Branford. Annabelle Fiorillo and Stella Porto controlled the ball well up and down the field against Wallingford. Luciana Cappetta scored as West Haven fell short 3-1. In the Branford game, Gillian Wynus had several strong plays for West Haven and Samantha Zuk scored for West Haven, with a final score of 6-2. On Sunday, Josylyn Davila and Olivia Petrie shared goalie duties fending off North Haven. Aliana Wilson and Kiva Inahuazo worked well to get control of the ball. The U9 girls also faced off against West Haven's U10 girls, holding their own. Josylyn Davila made several great saves as Kai Ruotolo and Jocelyn Kenny had some strong plays. Saturday morning the U10 girls lost to Milford 3-1. Sophia Empric scored the lone goal for West Haven. Lulu Sebas, Arianna Throm, and Sophia Locklear played well at midfield, demonstrating good foot skills. Lynnie Chesson made many excellent save in net to keep the game close. Satruday afternoon the U10 girls tied Wallingford 2-2 in a hard fought contest. Sophia Empric scored both goals for West Haven with strong support coming from Lulu Sebas and Sophia Locklear. Lynnie Chesson played strong in net while Jada Ciliberti and Hailey Dargon were solid on defense. Sunday morning the U10 girls tied Chesire 2-2 . Sophia Locklear and Sophia Empric provided the offense. Lulu Sebas made many excellent saves in goal while Lynnie Chesson, and Chelsea Hernandez helped control the midfield. Jada Cilberti anchored the defense for the Westies. In the afternoon on Sunday, the U10 girls beat the West Haven U9 girls 5-0. Arianna Throm, Lynnie Chesson and Heleigh McCarthy provided the scoring while Alivia Reilly, Angelina Torres, and Chelsea Hernandez all showed excellent footwork and passing.
The West Haven U12 boys soccer team captured the championship with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Madison at Duffy Field on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Devils went 4-1 during the WHIT and completed their fall season with a sparkling overall record of 9-1-0. Jovan Lakaj scored both of the West Haven goals in the championship match. Rafi Treat saved a penalty kick in the first half and then made two outstanding saves in the second half in goal for the Westies. Treat, who finished with nine total saves, was voted Man of the Match as voted on by the Madison team. For his first goal Lakaj won the ball and drove it to the top corner of the penalty box. His beautiful chip floated over the Madison keeper and into the net. After Treat's save of the penalty kick, the Blue Devils regained momentum and made it 2-0. Sean Studley played the ball toward the corner where Lakaj cut it inside and ripped his shot just inside the far post. In the second half Madison applied pressure but the Westies' defense was up to the task. Lakaj was stout in the center along with Matt Panton, while Efrain Brown, Maicon Miguel and Mehmet Aciker controlled the edges. Madison did get one goal back, but Treat denied their last best chance with a leaping tip of a shot sending it over the crossbar. Studley was West Haven's leading scorer in the tournament with three goals and five assists. Ryan Malone also scored three goals with an assist. Lakaj scored three goals and Panton had two. Pacey Larka, Ramy Mandhouj, Pedro Furtado and Miguel all had one goal and one assist. Aciker had one assist. Victor Davila and Treat split time in goal and were both rock solid.
In Saturday's opening game of U12 play the Westies used a strong second half to post a 4-2 win over New Haven. Studley recorded a hat trick and also assisted on Larka's tally. Miguel and Malone had assists. Brown was named Man of the Match for his play at center back. In Saturday's second game the Blue Devils jumped out to a 6-1 lead before winning 6-4 over Stratford. Malone scored twice with the other goals scored by Mandhouj, Miguel, Lakaj and Panton. Studley chipped in with three assists, while Mandhouj, Aciker and Larka also had assists. Studley earned Man of the Match honors.
On Sunday morning, the Westies clinched a spot in the finals with a 3-0 win over Branford. Furtado notched the only goal of the first half. Malone chipped the keeper and Panton headed in Furtado's free kick in the second half. Victor Davila earned the shutout in goal for the Westies. Panton was named Man of the Match.
In Sunday's second match, the Blue Devils dropped a 2-0 decision to Madison in a game that meant nothing to the standings. Both teams knew they would meet again in the final. Not only was it West Haven's only loss of the season, it was the only time West Haven trailed in a match in its ten games.
The P&B Express U14 Lady Westies competed in their first WHIT tournament going 1 and 3 for the weekend where the scores certainly do not reflect the excellent effort and positive momentum of the team.
For the first game on Saturday they fell to North Haven 3-0. Madyson Ortiz and Natalie Reed led the offense assisted by Josephina Lakaj and Aliana Tepetl. In the second game, the Westies returned to their winning ways taking down Hamden 2-0. Nada Elmouki and Alivia Ginsberg both scored assisted by Amanda Fagnani. Amayah Kelly along with Jade Rivas Resuleu added additional offense with many shots on goal. On Sunday the defense and midfielders were the highlight against Ansonia albeit falling 3-0. Jasmine Trigueros and Riley Studley stopped many attacks supported by Madden Evangeliste, Jayden Braacker, Sydni Gayle and Angelina Messina. The final game on Sunday was one of the strongest for the Westies, keeping it close in the first half at 1-0, but they were not able to find the back of the net which resulted in a 3-0 loss. Bellarose Ramirez, Sophie Mazuroski, Katelynn Salgado, Sarahi Cruz-Cruz and Michelle Ceja all contributed well.
The West Haven Youth Soccer League would like to thank all those that helped make the 2019 WHIT a remarkable success!
(October 8, 2019) - The Elite Soccer Camps U14 girls travel team hosted East Haven Sunday afternoon, in a rematch from earlier in the season. The first go around saw the two teams earn a 1-1 draw, but the Westies came out on top 4-1 this time. West Haven went up 1-0 in the first half behind a shot from distance by Ariana Izzo, and then dominated in the second half, with goals from Isabella Eyler, Alexandria Nunes and Aylin Soto. Soto had a strong game, connecting passes and breaking up plays, as did the centerback pairing of Niamh Chesson and Chloe Whelan.
The P&B Express U14 Lady Westies came out strong on Saturday, capturing a 5-1 win against New Haven. Madyson Ortiz and Josephina Lakaj both scored, with assists by Natalie Reed, Nada El Mouki and Aliana Tepetl. Jade Rivas Resuleu, Amanda Fagnani, Madden Evangeliste and Sarahi Cruz-Cruz were solid in midfield. Jayden Braacker, Angelina Messina, Katelynn Salgado and Sydni Gayle provided strong defense throughout, especially combined with Bellarose Ramirez in goal to put up a second half shutout.
On Sunday, the Oyster River Energy West Haven Girls U11 travel team played Clinton in front of a home crowd for a 6-0 win. Strong defense was shown by Amiyah Jones. Kayla Quantanilla and Cristel Miguel shared keeper duties. Goals were scored by Nylah Beyah, Katarina Oliveira, and Kaylee Pellino. A great game was played by the whole team in the win over Clinton.
The Milano & Wanat West Haven U14 boys played in the first round of the Connecticut Cup on Saturday afternoon, overtaking a tough Madison side 2-1. Bobby Severino played a great game, as did Sebastian Treat. Robert Foley was strong in the midfield. The side was back in action Sunday, traveling to Wallingford, and coming home 5-0 winners. Dylan Petrie worked hard, and Evan Amoro played some great passes.
On Saturday, the West Shore Family Dental U10 Girls travel team tied Branford 1-1 in a hard fought contest. Kylie Gibbons scored the tying goal after the Westies went down 1-0. Sophia Locklear and Hailey Dargon played strong defense. Lulu Sebas and Jada Ciliberti held down the midfield. Chelsea Hernandez had several nice passes, and Lynnie Chesson made key saves in goal.
On Sunday, the U10 girls were back in action, but lost to Meriden, 5-4. Goals were scored by Hailey Dargon, Kylie Gibbons, Haleigh McCarthy and Arianna Throm. Sopohia Empric made several nice crossing passes to set up goals. Sophia Locklear showed excellent speed on defense while Angelina Torres showed good determination and footwork with the ball.
The Elite Soccer Camps Golden Dragons played Gunning Law Firm to a 1-1 tie, in a match that saw both sides excel defensively, make good passes, and show quality footskills. Roland Green scored for Gunning Law Firm after his team blocked a shot on goal and the ball rolled out to him to calmly take down the field and put in the back of the net. The Dragons fought back, with Luca DeCrescenzo netting the equalizer off a pass from Jax Guarino as Ben Trenchard's movement off the ball cleared a shooting lane. Jacob Rader and Matteo D'Elia displayed some impressive dribbling in the tie for the Dragons.
Nick's Luncheonette Dragons played the Jason Ranalli Grey Ghosts on Saturday, with the Dragons taking the win 5-4. Dylan Narvaez, Jaxon Cruz and Sammy Gartani were the stars of the day for the Dragons.
The Sweet Relief Catering Blue Thunder came out on top over George Ellis Company, Inc. It was a great back-and-forth game, with the Blue Thunder coming out on top 6-5. A goal was scored by Isaiah Ramsey, while great sportsmanship and field play by David Christensen and Lucas Aronson was on display. Excellent defense was shown by Dylan Soc and Eric Rivas.
The Stars Ice Cream Gold Stars played the Rock House School of Music, with the Gold Stars winning 6-3. Jada and Bianca Davila worked together on defense to stop the opposing team. Alanis used her midfield position to make her way up and down the field to help her team when needed. Cheyenne Sebas and Olivia Morretti both scored goals for their team.
The WH Federation of Teachers Local 1542 Mini Blueberries played Top Hat Dance Academy, with Top Hat coming out on top 6-1. Tyraja Garner scored the only goal for her team. Zara Josephs' touches helped her team get possession of the ball. Harper Golde played aggressively making sure her touches counted.
The Jason Ranalli Bees did an excellent job this week battling the WH Professional Firefighters in an exciting head to head match. Parents cheered as LeRoy Salvatierra and Landon Alling provided leadership on the offense, both scoring goals in the process. Ziyad Traore held the defense strong all game and communicated very well with his teammates. Later on, the boys split to play another exciting match against Frank Agvent Plumbing and Heating, where Joel Batres excelled on offense, along with the fantastic play of Curtis Diaz and Kaleb Feliciano. The trio made for an excellent team of dedicated players who passed, played hard and were cheering each other on.
The Shoreline Wellness Blue Diamonds won against Keenan Funeral Home 2-1. Ava Pellino scored the winning goal in the last five seconds of the game. Eve Montiel scored the first goal with an amazing shot from midfield. Allie Powers and Josylyn Davila played very strong defense throughout the game, while Gianna DePino and Giada Jimenez played goalie for the Diamonds and made some excellent saves to preserve the win.
The Gunning Law Firm Blue Hurricanes defeated Cappetta's Italian Imports 5-0. Goals were scored by Sophia Empric, Ariana Throm and Lynnie Chesson. Lulu Sebas played a strong game while showing good foot skills. Stella Porto showed good quickness and passing skills. Chelseas Hernandez was strong on defense to help with the shutout.
The West Haven Police Local 895 Gray Sharks defeated the WH Italian American Civic Association, 10-7. Jeshrun Polington and Juan Rios scored goals. Nicholas Pratt and Donald Lockery showed off some newly acquired foot skills. The team did very well collectively and demonstrated good listening skills towards the referee and coaches.
The final match of the weekend saw Bar Code take on Porto Funeral Homes, with the two teams battling to a dramatic 3-3 draw.
(October 1, 2019) - The Elite Soccer Camps Golden Dragons played a strong game against the Porto Funeral Homes Navy Sharks, with the Dragons winning 10-5. Ben Trenchard and Matteo D'Elia both picked up a brace, with Jax Guarino adding a goal and Jacob Rader getting a hat trick. Luca DeCrescezno played a strong game in the win for the Dragons.
The Jason Ranalli Yellow Bees played an exciting game against the West Haven Professional Firefighters Sharks this week. In a back to back scoring experience for the boys, Owen Witkins shined on the field. Talla Ndiaye and Yadiel Rios both scored their first goals of their soccer careers.
The P & B Express Blue Wolves won Saturday’s game 5-0 against West Shore Family Dental. Nathan Almeida was a phenomenal goalkeeper and played offense too, Gabriel Quezada played great defense alongside Jayden Williams, and Daimeon Griffin contributed both offensively and defensively.
The Milano & Wanat U10 Girls travel team defeated Orange on Friday evening 4-1. Kylie Gibbons scored a hat trick, and Sophia Empric added the other goal. A strong defensive game was played by Sophia Locklear. Lynnie Chesson, Jayda Ciliberti, and Haleigh McCarthy controlled the midfield.
On Saturday evening the U10 girls travel team lost to North Haven 3-0. Hailey Dargon showed good effort on defense while Lynnie Chesson Arianna Throm, and Lulu Sebas played well at midfield. Spohia Empric and Kylie Gibbons combined for several nice passes and shot opportunities.
The West Haven Police Local 895 U12 boys soccer team continued to dominate their schedule by posting a pair of 7-0 wins over the weekend. Seven different players scored goals for the balanced West Haven attack. The Blue Devils are now undefeated at 5-0-0 on the season.
On Friday night, the Westies traveled to Southington Rec Park to face Southington under the lights. West Haven jumped all over the home team with first half goals by Sean Studley, Pedro Furtado (2), and Pacey Larka. Nate Charron, Ramy Mendhouj, Ryan Malone and Furtado earned assists. In the second half the Blue Devils did not relent. Furtado completed his hat trick early in the half with an assist to Maicon Miguel. Miguel and Charron tallied later with Studley assisting on both goals. Efrain Brown and Matthew Panton controlled play in the back for West Haven while Rafi Treat and Victor Davila earned the shutout splitting time in goal.
On Sunday afternoon at Duffy Field, the Westies hosted Clinton and picked up right where they left off. Studley opened the scoring before Furtado added another. Malone smashed home Furtado's assist and Mendhouj tapped in Studley's flick for a 4-0 half time lead. Furtado's beautiful chip was headed in by Studley to open the second half scoring. Malone added another goal before Miguel capped the scoring with a volley. Jovan Lakaj and Mehmet Aciker were strong for the Westies. Treat and Davila combined for their second shutout of the weekend.
On Saturday, the Oyster River Energy U9 girls travel team played Southington at home, losing 2-0. Celeste DiNallo and Josylyn Davila controlled the ball well up and down the field.
On Sunday, the U9 girls traveled to Shelton, winning 2-1. Luciana Cappetta and Stella Porto scored for West Haven. Gillian Wynus played a solid defense while Annabelle Fiorillo and Ava Pellino were strong winning the ball against Shelton. Olivia Petrie made some great saves in goal.
The Gunning Law Firm Blue Hurricanes defeated Shoreline Wellness 5-0. Goals were scored by Sophia Empric, Stella Porto and Danaangelique Lopez-Salazar. Lynnie Chesson had a strong game in goal while Lulu Sebas, Angelina Torres, and Chelsea Hernandez had strong games on the field.
The Top Hat Academy Green Crocodiles found themselves down early against the WH Italian American Civic Assn. The Crocs were able to bounce back and get the 7-2 win with great effort from Aarohi Jain and Amelia Finek. Julissa Olivera and Kendall Gilchrist were great on defense to help seal the victory.
The Cappetta's Italian Imports Polar Bears played an impressive game against Keenan Funeral Home, winning 4-1. Samantha Zuk and Luciana Cappetta scored while Kiley McCoart played a strong defense. Alianna Wilson was solid in goal.
The Sweet Relief Catering Blue Thunder came away with a 3-2 win over Barcode. It was a well-played game with goals by Caleb Awuah and Ato Appiah, with excellent goalkeeping by Guillermo Gonzaga and great defense by Dylan Soc and Christian Reyes.
The Stars Ice Cream Warriors defeated the Rock House School of Music 7-5. The Warriors were led by Carnasia Shabazz with three goals, and Dulce Poou Giron and Haley Colon each scored two goals. Jazmin Morales and Camila Suarezcaporal played good defense.
Nick's Luncheonette Dragons played Gunning Law Firm to a 4 - 4 draw. The Dragons played hard to take a tie with Jaden Prates and Caleb Redmen doing a great job on defense and Mason Panton on offense.
The WH Federation of Teachers Local 1542 Mini Blueberries played Frank Agvent Plumbing and Heating, winning 5-3. Joelle Dixon made passes to her team helping them move the ball down the field. Tyraja Garner score the first goal of the game. Karine Davila scored points for her team. Isabella Cooper made her second goal of the season. Anessa Worrell helped her team in the win.
The Stars Ice Cream Gold Stars played the George Ellis Company, but came up short 7-2. Juliana Crudo attacked the ball and was able to take some shots on goal. Madison Jacksics used her skills from practice to get some good touches on the ball.
(September 24, 2019) - It was another gorgeous Saturday and Sunday last weekend as the West Haven Youth Soccer League's fall season continued.
The Elite Soccer Camps U14 Girls Travel team took the trip up I-95 to take on host Clinton Sunday afternoon, and won 6-0. Ericka Tighe and Caslin O'Neill combined for the shutout in goal. Aylin Soto picked up a goal from a corner kick play run by Ashlynn Trenchard and Jaylyn Powell, and Powell had a goal of her own, after winning the ball in her own end and driving 80 yards to slip in past the Clinton goalie in a great solo effort. Alex Nunes scored a stunner as she turned off her defender and fired a shot into the goal, and picked up a second after Powell slipped her a through ball to run onto and finish with her weak foot. Ava Murphy played well in the midfield and scored from a long range blast from outside the box. Brooke and Camryn Flaherty also had a strong game in the win, as did Cynthia Burns and Isabella Eyler.
The Oyster River Energy U11 Girls Travel team played two games last week, opening Wednesday night against South Central Premier. In the first half, an early goal by Madison Gargiulo got the scoring started. Kaylee Pellino scored next in a penalty kick from a handball in the box. Goals were also scored by Camilla Murphy, Katarina Oliveira, Amiyah Jones and Kayci Gayle. Nylah Beyah took home a hat trick in the win against South Central Premier. Goalies Kayla Quintanilla and Madison Gargiulo shared keeper duties. Lots of great passing that led to goals and quick footwork was on display by all.
The U11 Girls followed up their midweek win with a big win in the first game of the State Cup against Tolland. In the 8-0 shutout, Nylah Beyah scored her second hat trick of the week. Two great assists by Camilla Murphy led to one of Nylah's goals as well as one by Katerina Oliveira. Goals were also scored by Isabella Antonucci, Mariella Cappetta, Kayci Gayle and Madison Gargiulo. Kayla Quintanilla took first half goalie duties and Kaylee Pellino took second half. Both goalies played well in the net. Strong line of defense was shared by Amiyah Jones, Kayci Gayle, Daniela Bazar, Cristel Miguel and Michelle Mora-Cyrus. The U11 team will meet Trumbull in their next state cup game this week.
The WH Professional Firefighters U12 boys soccer team upped its record to 3-0-0 on the season with an 8-2 rout of Hamden on Sunday afternoon at Duffy Field. The Westies opened the scoring in the first half when Maicon Miguel's throw-in was redirected by Ramy Mendhouj to Sean Studley who jumped and flicked it into the net. West Haven made it 2-0 when Miguel won a ball in the back and pushed it ahead to Mendhouj. He knocked it to Nate Charron who blasted a shot through the goalie's hands where Studley finished it off. Late in the half Matt Panton won a goal kick at midfield toward Studley. Pedro Furtado gathered Studley's through ball and ripped it for a 3-0 lead. Then, in the final seconds before halftime, Jovan Lakaj quickly threw in to Furtado who slid it across the goal mouth where Mehmet Aciker tapped it in the open net for a 4-0 lead. Hamden struck first in the second half but the Blue Devils quickly regained control. Efrain Brown passed to Furtado on a free kick and the crafty forward juked a pair of defenders and cashed in from the top of the box. Pacey Larka then gathered a clearance and found Mendhouj who fed Studley for a breakaway and a hat trick. Studley then returned the favor and fed Larka and Ryan Malone for goals to complete the scoring and cap the 6-2 win. Victor Padilla made six saves in goal for the Westies.
The Milano & Wanat U9 Girls Travel Team put up a good fight in their first game against Orange, falling 6-4. Aliana Wilson made some great saves in goal. Celeste DiNallo was strong on defense. Stella Porto, Luciana Cappetta, and Annabelle Fiorillo all scored.
The P&B Express U14 Lady Westies traveled to New Haven Saturday for their first league game bringing home a 2-0 win. Natalie Reed and Aliana Tepetl both scored with support from Sophie Mazuroski and Amyah Kelly. Adelicia Parise and Alivia Ginsberg contained the attack in the midfield. Jayden Braacker, Bellarose Ramirez and Madden Evangeliste provided solid defense combined with Sydney Gayle in goal for the shut out.
The Elite Soccer Camps Golden Dragons took on Nick's Luncheonette Dragons Saturday morning, with the Golden Dragons picking up a 9-6 win. Jacob Rader impressed with his footskills, and Seth Empiric scored a nice goal. Ben Trenchard and Jax Guarino made some good defensive plays, and Jayden Huang showed some hustle. Matteo D'Elia made some great passes to his teammates and Jesus Rangel was solid throughout the game. For Nick's Luncheonette, Mark Zhuno, Marvin Castillo and Dylan Torres did a great job on the field
The Jason Ranalli Yellow Bees had an action packed two games this weekend. In the first game, the boys played the WH Police Local 895 and did an amazing job together! Miguel Morales, Jr. scored a hat trick while Joel Batres solidified the defense. Kaleb Feliciano did a wonderful job passing to teammates, setting up two plays which resulted in goals for the Bees. Later, the Bees faced the Elite Soccer Camps Blues and did terrific in a back and forth scoring event for both teams. Curtis Dias and Connor Fitzpatrick showed all around fantastic ball skills, while Adem Gundogdu played amazing the entire game.
The Shoreline Wellness Blue Diamonds won 3-0 over Keenan Funeral Home. Ava Pellino scored two goals and Jayda Cillberti scored one. Josylyn Davila played amazing in goal and Eve Montiel, Gillian Wynus, and Allie Powers played hard and strong in the midfield. The Sweet Relief Catering Blue Thunder played a great game winning 5-0 over the George Eliis Company, Inc. Ato Appiah scored twice, and excellent field play was shown by Mathew Davis, Jacob Smalls, and Eric Rivas. James and Carlos Bazar also contributed to the win. The Bar Code Gold Stars played the Rock House School of Music Rockers. The Rockers triumphed 5-3. Alanis Nieves played well in her midfield position and was able to score a goal. Jada Turner supported both the defense and offense. The WH Federation of Teachers Local 1542 Mini Blueberries played the Top Hat Dance Academy Green Crocodiles, with the Cros' winning 7-2. Avielle Bernardo did a great job on defense stopping the ball from going in the net and Tyraja Garner used her speed and aggressive play to go after the ball for the Blueberries. For the Crocs', Kendall Gilchrist made an outstanding goal, her first of the season, while Ariel Titus and Camilla Barragan both finished with Hat Tricks.
The Cappetta's Italian Imports Polar Bears played a tough game against The Gunning Law Firm, losing 9-2. Annabelle Fiorillo had some great passes for the Polar Bears while Samantha Zuk and Luciana Cappetta scored. For Gunning Law Firm, Sophia Empric and Kylie Gibbons scored multiple goals. Lynnie Chesson. Alivia Reilly and Hailey Dargon also found the back of the net. Lulu Sebas played a strong game at midfield while Dana Lopez-Salazar made several nice plays throughout the game.
The CDG4 West Shore Family Dental took on Stars Ice Cream, playing well and winning 6-1. Danyella Lanche played great defense, Sarah Daveys had a first time goal and Nathalie Rivas worked hard. The Porto Funeral Home Navy Sharks. On Saturday played Jason Ranelli, losing 5-4. Ethan Fonseca played well overall for the Navy Sharks. Jimmy Clark played a strong defensive game. Gabriel Nascimento added excellent work for the Navy Sharks up front. In the final match-up of the weekend, the WH Italian American Civic Assn took on Frank Agvent Plumbing and Heating, battling to a 0-0 draw. Both teams worked hard to try and find the back of the net, but were stymied by the excellent goalkeeping of Matt Treat and Chris Petrie.
(September 17, 2019) - George Ellis Company West Haven U11 Girls Travel team took on Naugatuck before a home crowd Friday night. With a final score of 7-1, the ball was put in the net by seven different girls, Katarina Oliveira, Lexi Lucas, Camilla Murphy, Kaylee Pellino, Nylah Beyah, Mariella Cappetta and Valentina DeMartino. Lia Powers and Katerina Oliveira moved the ball up the flanks with ease. Kayla Quintanilla and Madison Garguilo played a solid game in goal. On Saturday afternoon, the girls were back in action, playing their first league game of the season against Prospect. Competition was tight, but the Westies proved too much for Prospect. Kayla Quintanilla was solid in goal providing many saves in both the first and second half. Forwards Kaylee Pellino and Nylah Beyah showed speed and great foot skills to move the ball quickly down the field. In the midfield, Katerina Oliviera, Camilla Murphy and Lexi Lucas passed the ball to the center to allow for some great shots on goal. Defense was on point with Kayci Gayle, Amiyah Jones and Cristel Miguel keeping the ball out of the box. Nylah Beyah scored in the first half for an early 1-0 lead. A shot on goal from the right side by Lexi Lucas missed but was followed up for a score by Kaylee Pellino. After a handball in the box in the second half, Camilla Murphy's penalty shot scored for the Westies in the second half. The Westies beat Prospect 4-2 after Camilla Murphy put another shot in goal to end the game. The Westies are now 4-0 on the season.
The Elite Soccer Camps U14 Girls Travel team had a busy weekend, playing three games and going 1-1-1 on the weekend. On Friday night, the girls played under the lights in Wallingford, falling 3-0 against the experienced Wallingford team. Despite the scoreline, the Westies played a good game, passing the ball out of danger and trying to possess against their kick and run opponents. Cashlin O'Neill had several good saves in net, while Jaylyn Powell and Ava Murphy combined well in the middle of the field. Niamh Chesson and Chloe Whelan anchored the defense and did well to break up several counter attacks. On Saturday, the U14 Westies hosted Hamden, winning 6-1. Alexandria Nunes led the scoring early on, and the Westies never looked back. Ashlynn Trenchard and Molly Gunning did a great job receiving the ball and moving it up the field. Annabelle Pasacreta had several good overlapping runs, and Aylin Soto was solid throughout the game.
On Sunday,, the U14s traveled to East Haven. The weekend caught up with them, as they went down 1-0 early, but battled back for the 1-1 tie. Lllyanna Griffith-Waite played a great game defensively, and Cindy Burns was solid in second half. Ericka Tighe played well in goal, and Abigail Phelan created several good chances from the flank. Ariana Izzo slipped a through ball between two defenders for Isabella Eyler to run onto and finish. Camryn Flaherty was having a good game until injury forced her out early in the second half. The P & B Express U14 Lady Westies took on Prospect Saturday afternoon, falling 1-0 in a close, defensive battle. Natalie Reed, Aliana Tepetl, Amyah Kelly and Josephina Lakaj led the sustained offensive attack, but just could not find the back of the net . Adelicia Parise and Madyson Ortiz supported the midfield with good transition up the field. Solid defense was provided by Angelina Messina, Jayden Braacker, Katelynn Salgado and Jasmine Trigueros with Sydni Gayle and Alivia Ginsberg at goal keeper.
The WH Professional Firefighters U12 Boys Travel team improved to 2-0-0 on the season with a 6-2 win over Meriden on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Devils controlled play throughout the match and moved the ball nicely all afternoon. Nate Charron opened the scoring in the first half when he drew a foul in the box and converted the ensuing penalty kick. After Meriden tied it, Charron intercepted a goal kick and fired a shot off the far post and in to make it 2-1. The Westies continued to apply pressure when Efrain Brown took a shot from the top of the box that deflected to Sean Studley. Studley ripped a shot that was saved but Ryan Malone pounced on the rebound and knocked it in with a feet-first slide. In the second half Ramy Mendhouj passed to Rafi Treat who slid a pass over to Pacey Larka. Larka's initial shot was foiled but he clipped in the rebound for a 4-1 lead. Meriden scored but the Westies went right back to work. Studley, who distributed the ball nicely all day, dropped a nice pass across the box to Jovan Lakaj who roofed a one-timer under the cross bar. Brown capped the scoring when he won the ball at midfield, drove through three defenders and blasted a laser into the upper right corner. Treat and Victor Padilla split the game in goal and were solid. Mehmet Aciker and Maicon Miguel were terrific playing outside defense while Brown was dominant at center back.
The West Shore Family Dental U10 Girls Travel team traveled to Naugatuck on Sunday where they defeated the host team 4-0. Kylie Gibbons led the way with two goals. Sophia Empric and Chelsea Hernandez also contributed to the scoring. Sophia Locklear and Hailey Dargon led a strong defensive effort to help goalies Lynnie Chesson and Lulu Sebas combine for a shutout. Jayda Ciliberti showed speed through the midfield, while Arianna Throm made excellent passes throughout the game.
The West Haven Police Local 895 Yellow Jackets put out a strong effort this weekend, picking up their first win of the season, taking on the Milano and Wanat Blue Flames. Aubrey Pellino led the attack from the midfield and scored off of some great foot skills to get around the defense. Cataleya Williams used her defensive skills to stop several attacks by the navy blue team. Bianca Dinallo used her fancy footwork to dribble and push the ball up the field for the Yellow Jackets. Coumba Ndiaye had some great throw ins that led to goals and veteran Tariya Isaac helped lead her younger teammates on both sides of the ball.
The Nick's Luncheonette Dragons took on Oyster River Energy, with the Dragons taking the win 6-1. Ayebatonye Isaac, Jacob Warren and Sammy Gartani led the way and scored for the Dragons. The Top Hat Dance Academy Green Crocodiles and WH Italian American Civic Assn. battled Saturday morning, with the Crocs coming our on top 6-1. Kendall Gilchrist dominated on defense while Julissa Oliveras was great on both sides of the ball, Avery Linen came close to scoring her first goal but was denied by the post.
The Frank Agvent Plumbing and Heating Blue Thunder defeated the Gold Stars 5-0 on Saturday. Sarah Davey had many key stops as goalie and Amyah Kelly had several carries and passes into open space. Nathalie Rivas played well as a forward, passing and working with her teammates. For the Gold Stars, Anna Sicotte defended the goal well, coming off the line multiple times to stop goals from being made. Tania Garcia Poou stayed in goal the entire second half and played excellent defense.
The Stars Ice Cream Warriors defeated the Rock House School of Music 7-2. Dulce Poou Giron picked up the hat trickgoals, and Natlie Soto and Haley Colon scored two apiece. Allorra Hildebrand played a good game in goal.
The Cappetta's Italian Imports Polar Bears played a tough game against Keenan Funeral Home, coming up short in a 4-2 loss. Luciana Cappetta scored for the Polar Bears, and some great work on the field was on display by Annabelle Fiorello and Celeste DiNallo.
The WH Federation of Teachers Local 1542 Mini Blueberries played FG4. Joelle Dixon improved her game play this week. Anessa Worrell scored a few goals, giving her team the lead early on. It was a close game, but FG4 came out on top 6-5. Sweet Relief Catering Blue Thunder played to a 0-0 tie with Barcode. It was a well played, back and forth game with no score but excellent defense from Isaac Irizzarry,Omari Knox,and Nicolas Rosero. Great field play was shown by Matthew Davis, Jacob Smalls and Eric Rivas.
The Gunning Law Firm U10 Girls defeated Shoreline Wellness 6-0 behind three goals from Sophia Empric. Kylie Gibbons, Chelsea Hernandez and Arianna Throm also scored. Alivia Reilly showed excellent hustle and Stella Porto displayed her foot skills. Hailey Dargon anchored the defensive effort. Lulu Sebas and Lynnie Chesson combined for the shutout in goal. When not in net, Chesson used her speed to help control the midfield.
The Porto Funeral Home-Navy Shark took on Gunning Law Firm, losing 7-6. Ammiel Perez played well in attack and defense for the Navy Sharks. Adam Lennon played tenacious defense and was also a wonder boy on offense, scoring a late goal. Abel Knight Powers also played well, showing determination, foot work, and effort.
The Elite Soccer Camps Golden Dragons took on the Jason Ranalli Warriors Saturday morning in a tough, back and forth game where both teams looked good.
The Elite Soccer Dragons were able to edge by their opponents in the end, winning 8-5. Ben Trenchard picked up two goals, the first off of a corner kick play where Matteo D'Elia picked up the assist. His second goal was a toe poke into the net after Jax Guarino and Seth Empiric broke up a counter attack and got the ball into a dangerous position. Luca Decrescenzo picked up a nice goal, using speed and good footwork to dribble down the field. Ryan Abekah and Jacob Rader rounded out the scoring, each getting multiple goals and working hard both offensively and defensively. Jesus Rangel played a solid game, showing a lot of hustle in the win for the Elite Soccer Dragons.
(May 28, 2019) - The West Haven Youth Soccer League was back in action this weekend, enjoying perfect soccer playing weather. The Gunning Law Firm U10 Girls Travel Team had a great week with wins over Orange, Wallingford and Clinton. The Westies started their week with a home game Wednesday against Orange. With an ending score of 5-0, goals were made by Lexi Lucas, Camilla Murphy and Kaylee Pellino. Murphy dominated the midfield, shutting Orange down and Amiyah Jones had a great defensive game. Goalies Pellino and Valentina DeMartino shut down any shots that came close. On Friday, the Westies faced Wallingford away with a 7-1 win. The offense proved too much for Wallingford. Pellino led the scoring with a hat trick, and Lexi Lucas, Kayci Gayle and Amiyah Jones all scored for the Westies. In the Westies final game of the week, they faced Clinton away. Cristel Miguel, Murphy and Lucas played well in the midfield while Amiyah Jones and Kayci Gayle shut down Clinton's attacks in defense. Valentina DeMartino and Madison Gargiulo both played a solid game in goal. A shot on goal by Lexi Lucas was stopped by Clinton's goalie but rebounded to Isabella Antonucci for the goal. The well fought game was won by the Westies 3-0.
The Elite Soccer Camps Blue Sharks picked up a win this weekend against the Jason Ranelli Grays, 10-5. Ryan Abekah, Jax Guarino, Benjamin Trenchard, Matteo D'Elia, and Seth Empiric all scored, but more importantly showed off their growing passing and dribbling skills. Lorenzo Daniele and Emmet Hemming both had a strong game, as they hustled up and down the field, as did Andrew Hulse and Alex Knuth in the win for the Elite Soccer Sharks. Shoreline Wellness played a tough game Saturday against Keenan Funeral Homes, ultimately losing 5-2. Eve Montiel played excellent in the goal and Valentina DeMartino and Nylah Beyah both scored in the loss. On Thursday, Top Hat Dance Academy CDG4 played the Rock House School of Music, with the Rock House coming out on top 4-3. Isabella Vilante-Fletcher ran the defense. On Saturday, the Top Hat Dance Acdemy was back in action against Stars Ice Cream, with the game ending tied 2-2. Mya Ajanaka picked up both goals, and Joyce Delgado picked up an assist. Asia Ford played well in goal.
The Shoreline Wellness Center Shamrocks fought hard against the Bar Code Polar Bears, but they were defeated, 6-2. Kendall Gilchrist dominated on defense. Olivia Egraca and Alison Maloney were key offensive players. Both had close goals but were blocked by the Polar Bears. Ava Boykin and Julissa Oliveras hustled down the field but could not get past the Polar Bears's defense. The West Haven Federation of Teachers Local 1542 Mini Blueberries played the West Haven Italian American Civic Association. The Mini Blueberries played a great game hanging in there and coming from behind for a 4-3 win. Jillian Crudo, Harper Golde and Jasine Mills all made great touches pushing the ball towards the goal. Karine Davila and Aaliyah Powers both were aggressive and took some close shots on goal. Josylyn Davila improved her defensive skills stopping multiple shots from going in the net. Anessa Worrell, Cyndi Ogman and Mollie Germain all scored.
The West Shore Family Dental Blue Bruisers played the Rock House School of Music. The Blue Bruisers lost 0-3. Olivia Moretti pushed the ball up the field to take shots on goal. Hudanur Sahin continued to clear the ball from her team's defensive line. Ava Dasilva did well and showed endurance in her game time. Alexandria Freeman excelled at a new position in defense. The Blue Bruisers were back in action, playing Stars Ice Cream. The Blue Bruisers lost 5-0. Alexandria Calvao did a great job playing goalie. She stopped multiple shots from going in the net. Anna Sicotte used her size to her advantage to hustle and put pressure on the opposing team in the midfield. Bianca Davila showed growth by leading the defensive line. Confronting the offense stopping them in their tracks, and clearing the ball when necessary.
The Oyster River Energy Golden Dragons dropped a close one to Frank Agvent Plumbing and Heating by a score of 2-1. Chase Watson scored in the loss. Great hustle and footwork was shown by Lamont Williams. A great job in goal was shown by Charles Sutton and Raymond Listorti. The West Haven Police Local #895 Yellow Flash played a competitive against the Professional Firefighters Saturday morning, winning 8-3. Jacob Rader led the team with several passes and goals, and he also displayed outstanding sportsmanship and leadership. Grayson Mccarthy scored two goals and utilized many of his new skills on the field. Collin Gibbons, Jeshrun Polington and Jacob Colón also scored goals in the win. The Nick's Luncheonette Dragons played Porto Funeral Homes, winning 9-4. Andrew Loehn, Dylan Narvaez Ramos, and Mason Panton all played well in the win. Saturday afternoon, Sweet Relief Catering took on the George Ellis Company in an exciting, back-and-forth game, with Sweet Relief coming out on top 3-2. Great field play was shown by Zach Shippy, Aiden Mancini, and Ato Appiah. Also great defense was played by Omari Knox and Aidan Amaro in the win.
The Milano & Wanat U19 boys started their weekend early Saturday away at Cheshire, and quickly went down 2-0 until supersub Jason “JJ” Ardito came on with seven minutes left and scored off an Isaac Osei assist, making the score 2-1. The Westies pushed for the tying goal, but could not find it and fell to Cheshire 2-1. The team was back in action later that day, this time going to Coginchaug. The team picked up two amazing goals by Raady Rahman and Pierrot Muhire, but it was not enough and the boys fell 3-2. Sunday saw the Westies away at Milford. They scored early off with Phillip Smith crossing to Youssoupha Cisse for a rocket finish. Unfortunately, the Westies bobbled a clearance and allowed a bouncing ball to get in for a tying goal. The Westies responded with a relentless offense, outshooting Milford 12 to 1 and dominating play. In the end, they had to settle for a 1-1 tie.
In the final match of the weekend, Cappetta's Italian Imports played a match for the ages, tying P & B Express 5-5.
(May 14, 2019) - The sun was shining on Saturday as the West Haven Youth Soccer League kicked off Week 2 of its Spring season. On Friday night, the Elite Soccer Camps U12 Lightning Travel team played the first of two games, traveling to Southington. The Lightning lost 7-4 against a tough and skilled Southington team, but battled hard. Llyanna Griffith-Waite picked up a second half hat trick, and Annabelle Pasacreta and Sophie Mazuroski played well on defense. Etta Funke worked to keep the pressure on Southington late in the game, and Taylor Guarino and Aylin Soto strung passes together from the midfield. On Saturday, the Lightning hosted Meriden in another physically tough match-up. The two teams traded goals back and forth, with the game ending 2-2. Jaylyn Powell opened the scoring in the first half, with a right-footed rocket from outside the penalty area. Cashlin O'Neill had several stellar saves for the Lightning, and Alex Nunes and Ciara Harp both created several good chances for the Westies in the second half. Chloe Whelan played an excellent game anchoring the defense, aided by the excellent play of Niamh Chesson who shut down her side of the field to Meriden attacks.
The Elite Soccer Camps U14 Girls Travel team hosted Milford Friday night. The Westies were short handed, and had problems holding of the Milford attacks, suffering their first loss of the season, 4-0. Abigail Phelan played a strong game on the wing, as Ariana Izzo forced the Milford goalkeeper to make several big stops. Camryn Flaherty gave everything she had at outside back, getting fouled often by the aggressive play of Milford. Olivia Trenchard, Ava Murphy and Melissa Tsakonas played well in the center of the midfield for West Haven. The U11 Boys Travel team took to the road to face Guilford this past Saturday. It was the teams' first game due to a very rainy start of the season. Guilford got off to an early 1-0 lead with a goal that got past West Haven keeper Rafi Treat. The West Haven defense was still trying to find a good rhythm when Guilford found the back of the net again to make it 2-0. The Westies started to move the ball a little better when Sean Studley found Pedro Furtado through the middle of the field and Furtado released a blistering shot high into the back of the net. Matt Panton, Efrain Brown, and Leo Mazuroski played well defensively, while Johnathan Forbes-Wolfe, Pacey Larka, Nate Charron, and Mahmet Aciker provided support in the midfield. Maicon Miguel played goalie the second half of the game and he made some great saves, but Guilford's passing proved to be the game changer as they netted a few more goals and the Westies dropped their first league game 5-1.
The U14 Boys travel team finally opened the season this past Saturday hosting WHIT rival Seymour in a league game at Duffy Field. The Westies came out on top 6-2. West Haven came out strong and controlled the pace of the game from the start. Sebastian Treat and Collin Charron closed down the middle of the field, only allowing Seymour's offensive attack, led by Justin Zwolinski, a few opportunities to goal. The defensive support gave first time U14 goalkeeper Yahzeel Beyley a relatively quiet game. Beyley was called up from the U12 squad and immediately adjusted well to the bigger pitch and players. West Haven scored first as Bryan Fernandes placed a beautiful cross from Robert Foley in the back of the net. Rafael Gazcon scored West Haven's second goal as Giancarlo Esquivel provided the assist on the goal. Maurizio Urriola finished off the scoring in the first half with an assist from Gazcon. Seymour found the back of the net once in the first half to keep them in the game. The second half was all West Haven as they moved the ball quickly and didn't allow Seymore time and space with the ball. Andrew Bello scored an unassisted goal as West Haven began to pull away with the lead. Zachary Guy scored on a well placed pass from Urriola. Fernandes scored his second goal from a long cross from Esquivel. Michael Luth, Sean Callahan, David Smith and Hamidou Timera all played a great game keeping Seymour's attack from scoring and confidentially playing the ball from the back beginning many of the offensive attacks. The Westies head out to the Clinton Invitational Tournament this weekend. They will be playing Westbrook, Madison and Branford in the first round of the tournament Saturday.On Saturday night at West Haven High School the U19 Boys Travel team played a second round Connecticut Cup game against New Fairfield. The Westies came out on fire scoring four goals in the first twelve minutes of the match. Danny Morales, Holden Axelrod and Derick Meza each scored two, and Shamar Kingston got a hat trick. Brian Rivedera and Ty Reeves provided two assists a piece in the 10-4 win. West Haven now has advanced to the quarterfinals and will see action again on June 1st.
The Keenan Funeral Home Yellow Jackets took home the win Saturday against Shoreline Wellness Green Leafs in a 5-0 final. Madison Gargiulo picked up two goals, while Camilla Murphy, Kayci Gayle and Lexi Lucas each added one. Alivia Reilly and Kaylee Pellino showed a strong game in net, Cristel Miguel played well in the game. For the Green Leafs, Viviana Cuevas played strong in the goal for the second half and didn’t give up any goals and Vrinda Patel played hard and strong in midfield.The Gunning Law Firm Grey Sharks lost to Capetta's Italian Imports 3-0, but a strong game was played by Chelsea Hernandez on defense and Sophia Empric at midfield. Lynnie Chesson played well in goal stopping several tough shots and Lulu Sebas also showed good hustle.
The West Haven Police Local #895 Yellow Flash played WH Professional Fire Fighters Red Alerts, with the Yellow Flash coming out on top 8-3. Jacob Colon picked up his first hat trick, and Jeshrun Polington scored and made some excellent throw ins. Julian Esposito scored as well in the win. The Elite Soccer Camps Blue Sharks won against the Jason Ranalli Grey Ghosts, 10-5. Ben Trenchard, Matteo D'Elia, and Ryan Abekah all picked up multiple goals, while Jax Guarino made some good passes, while Michael and Mikalyah Sierra, Emmet Hemming, Andrew Hulse and Lorenzo Daniele showed their growing skills. The Penguins lost a close game to the Hurricanes, 6-4. Chloe Morris made some good passes, while Emma Shuckerow played strong defense. Keily Apolo had a few good scoring chances and Tariya Issac played a good game.
The P & B Express Green Gators showed strong defense and offense which led to a victory over Milano & Wanat, 3-0. The defense was led by Andrew Collazo and Jan-David Latorre. The offensive side was led by Rida Saanon with one goal and Alex Lima-Cortes, who found the back of the net twice. Gunning Law Firm lost a close game to Frank Agvent Plumbing and Heating, 3-0. Victor Magana Preciado had many nice saves in the game and kept the score close. The George Ellis Company, Inc, tied 2-2 against Sweet Relief Catering. The game was back and forth with both defenses and goalies stopping repeated attacks. George Ellis Company, Inc, took a 1-0 lead with a goal from Aldair Saucedo, but the game was quickly tied afterward. Victor Smith III and Noah Rader stopped repeated shots from the opponent, and midway in the 2nd half Matthew David scored a goal from just inside the box giving George Ellis the lead. The game was quickly tied by Sweet Relief Catering and ended up in a well played 2-2 tie. For Sweet Relief Catering, Junior Saguero played excellent in goal, and great defense was played by Dante Grammatico and Lucas Aronson. Elijah and Gregory Reddick also played well in the field.
Nick's Luncheonette won a good game against Gunning Law Firm, 6-3. Dylan Narvaez Ramos did a great job dribbling, while Mason Panton and Andrew Loehn played strong defense. The Stars Ice Cream Golden Dragons defeated West Shore Family Dental 6-2. Gabe Greengas, Eddie Fagnini, Chase Watson, Ryan Walsh and Charles Sutton all scored, while a great defensive effort was put forth by Christopher Glynn. The Cappetta's Italian Imports Polar Bears fought a tough game against Top Hat Dance Academy, falling 8-5. Kiley McCoart played a strong game on defense. Giada Jimenez, Luciana Cappetta, and Olivia Petrie all scored for the Polar Bears. The Porto Funeral Home Green Dragons played the Oyster River Energy Tidal Waves, winning 5-4. Jeremy Salas played well overall. Jackson Schoeman and Mohammed Lamkhantar played excellent defensively and each had a goal for the Green Dragons.
The WH Federation of Teachers Local 1542 Mini Blueberries lost to the WH Italian American Civic Assn 7-5. The Mini Blueberries came from behind with the help on offense from Harper Golde. Josylyn Davila stopped multiple goals on defense. Anessa Worrell took opportunities to keep pressure on the opposing defenders and found the back of the net. It was a close game as the Blueberries improved this week. The Bar Code Blue Bruisers lost 4-0 to Stars Ice Cream. Hudiner Sahin displayed her skills by playing a strong defense. Eliana Centeno-Galdamez was very versatile, playing offensive and defensive positions to help her team wherever they needed it. Alanis Nieves held her own in midfield despite her smaller physique, showing size doesn't matter as she did well applying pressure to her opponents. The Rock House School of Music Rockers lost a close game this weekend, 4-3. Sarah Davey played keeper in the first half and had a few great saves, Natalie Rivas contributed from left back, getting up field to join the attack, as did Sofia Lora.
(May 8, 2019) - The West Haven Youth Soccer League was finally able to kick-off its season this past weekend, as a full slate of games were able to be played on Saturday as Mother Nature gave us a break from the rain. The players, coaches, and league officials would like to thank Tom McCarthy, the Parks and Rec department, and the Public Works department for all their help and support that allowed the players of West Haven to finally get games in this weekend. The Elite Soccer Camps Blue Sharks opened the action Saturday morning, taking on the WH Professional Fire Fighters Green Machine. The Blue Sharks came out on top 15-9. Luca Decrescenzo, Ryan Abekah, Matteo D'Elia and Ben Trenchard all picked up hat tricks, and Jax Guarino, Matteo D'Elia, and Seth Empiric added goals as well. The Penguins opened up their season with a 5-4 win over the Orange Flowers. Abby Hemming scored a nice goal and Olivia Payne played great defense.
This weekend, the Frank Agvent Plumbing and Heating U19 Boys Travel Team played twice. On Saturday, the team visited Orange. Santiago Moreno opened the scoring with a Penalty Kick after being taken down in the box on a break away. Orange responded almost immediately, making it 1-1. Late in the second half, Youssoupha Cisse clinched it for West Haven with his second goal of the season. Sunday in the rain the Westies hosted Coginchaug. Isaac Osei led a deep drive that found Bernard Ocansey in the box. A quick pass allowed Phillip Smith the opening goal. Ocansey would combine a short time later with Raady Rahman to give West Haven a 2-0 lead. The game finished 3-0, with the last goal scored on a break away by Leandro Ferreira. On Saturday night, the Elite Soccer Camps U14 Girls Travel Team hosted East Haven on the turf at West Haven High School. The game went back and forth early on, but the Westies were able to get two goals before the half. Brooke Flaherty and Ariana Izzo found the back of the net, with Izzo scoring off of a great pass from Abigail Phelan. Flaherty would go to score again in the second half, as did Melissa Tsakonas, as the Westies pulled away making the score 5-0. Olivia Trenchard and Camryn Flaherty played a solid game in central midfield, and Cassie Wadeka picked up another shut-out in the win. The Capetta's Italian Imports U12 Girls Thunder Travel team went to Guilford Saturday, and picked up a win in the first game of their season, defeating the hosts 3-0. Defensively, the team was solid, allowing the Westies to take risks going forward. Those risks paid off as Madyson Ortiz picked up two goals and Amyah Kelly scored one. Natalie Reed and Amanda Fagnani also played well.
The Jason Ranalli Soccer Rockers won 5-1 over Milano & Wanat. The team played well, with goals coming from Mya Ajanaka and Joyce Delgado. Michele Tompkins did a great job stopping many crosses and getting ball to the forwards to create chances. The Cappetta Italian Imports Polar Bears had a strong first game against the WH Italian American Civic Assn. with a 9-4 win. Luciana Cappetta, Annabelle Fiorillo, Kai Ruotolo, and Olivia Petrie all scored while Abbey Forsyth was strong on defense. The Stars Ice Cream Golden Dragons defeated the Rock House School of Music Soccer Rockers 6-2 The Dragons were led by Arielyrs Reyes and Nada El Mouki with 2 goals each, and Caydancce Hill and Maryorie Hernandez-Fortin each scored as well. Sarah Montiel played great in goal in the win for the Dragons.
Sweet Relief Catering played BarCode in the U14 rec opener for both teams. It was a great team effort, with Sweet Relief Catering winning 6-0. The Christensen triplets were outstanding, with Stephen and Paul playing well in the field and David scoring a hat trick. Jostin Rimerez, Caleb Awuah, and Isaiah Ramsey scored in the win as well. The Porto Funeral Homes Green Dragons took on the Nick's Luncheonette Dragons, losing 6-4. The Green Dragons played great despite the loss. Bastian Tandazo led the way with two goals and exceptional dribbling and passing. Mateo Cuevas showed off his speed on offense and defense and Jimmy Clark worked really hard to help the team. Jaden Abekah, Holden Napoletano, and Joel Forbs-Wolfe all played well for the Nick's Luncheonette Dragons.
The WH Federation of Teachers Local 1542 Mini Blueberries lost 5-3 in their opening game to Top Hat Dance Academy. The Mini Blueberries fought their hardest to even up the score, coming from behind led by Mollie Germain, who scored two goals, and Cyndi Ogman, who scored another. Jillian Crudo played great offensively to make more scoring opportunities for her team. The West Haven Police Local #895 Blue Bruisers lost their first game against P & B Express, 8-2. Cheyenne Sebas scored the team's two goals. Alexandria Freeman bravely stepped in the goal for the first time and did her best for her team as she held her opponent to only two goals in the first half. The West Shore Family Dental Golden Dragons picked up a win in their first game of the season against the George Ellis Company, Inc, coming out on top 7-2, as the whole team put on a great display of passing and footwork. Brendan Spreyer, Raymond Listorti and Joshua Roman scored, and Dante Reynoso added to the scoreline as he netted a hat trick.
The Keenan Funeral Home Yellow Jackets faced Gunning Law Firm in their first rec soccer game of the season, winning 13-5. Kayci Gayle had a high energy game, netting five goals. Goals were also scored by Lexi Lucas, Camilla Murphy, Madison Gargiulo and Cristel Miguel. Murphy also played goal in the first half and Aubrey Dion picked up the keeper duties in the second. Keara Douglas and newcomer Perez Rosario both played a solid game, and Jayda Ciliberti showed great overall defense. Shoreline Wellness Center Green Leafs tied in their first game 3-3 against Oyster River Energy. All of the girls played hard and did a great job! Goals were scored by Nylah Beyah, Vrinda Patel, and Lia Powers for the Green Leafs.
WH YOUTH SOCCER 2019
Maicon Miguel. Photo courtesy of West Haven Youth Soccer.
Sebastian Treat. Photo courtesy of West Haven Youth Soccer.
The West Haven U 11 girls team took home the WHIT title, October 13, 2019. Photo courtesy of West Haven Youth Soccer.
Photo courtesy of West Haven Youth Soccer.