(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.