The Elite Soccer Camps U-12 girls travel team hosted Southington Saturday afternoon, and the Westies came out on top by a 5-0 score. Sofia DeRosa kept the shutout, while Cynthia Burns and Josephina Lakaj worked the ball well on the flanks. Ava Murphy and Isabelle Nagle were solid on defense, and Olivia Trenchard patrolled the defensive central midfield spot, shutting down Southington attacks and sparking the offense for the Westies. Camryn Beauvais and Ariana Izzo both had nice goals in the win.
The West Haven Family Dental U-11 girls Thunder travel team traveled to Coginchaug this weekend, and came away with an exciting 5-5 tie. Katelynn Salgado and Amanda Fagnani played well on the outside, getting up and down the field, while Lea Boguniecki was strong in the middle. Jayden Braacker and Sydni Gayle made some good saves in the net, and Andreya Bridges had a solid overall game.
The other U-11 girls travel team, the Elite Soccer Camps Lightning, hosted Madison in a thrilling back-and-forth 5-4 win. Ashlynn Trenchard had a nice pull back turn and rolled off a defender to get a cross into the box late in the game, as Etta Funke and Molly Gunning ran the flanks to put pressure on Madison. Alexandria Nunes scored a nice goal from an Aylin Soto through ball. Jaelyn Beauvais and Jaylyn Powell both worked hard in the midfield.
The Stars Ice Cream U-11 boys travel team hosted Farmington in the first round of the State Cup tournament Saturday. West Haven put early pressure on Farmington, keeping them pinned in their defensive end. The Westies opening goal came from Brian Cruz converting a penalty kick, as did the second goal when Ethan Masoperth did the same. The second half was much the same as West Haven kept the pressure on, resulting in an Antonio Brown goal to put his team up, 3-0. Masoperth netted a second goal to finish the Westies scoring as the game finished, 4-1. Bobby Severino, Malik Ouri, and Tom Williams played great defense in the win, and Yahzeel Beyley was outstanding in goal. On Sunday the boys traveled to Tolland and started the game sluggish, allowing two quick goals, but worked to turn it around and create a few opportunities. Beyley was able to find the back of the net for the Westies lone goal. Evan Amoro and Gabe Locklear worked hard in the loss.
The Lions Club of West Haven U-9/U-10 girls travel team had an important 2-0 league game win at Waterford on Saturday. Madden Evangeliste and Kayci Gayle had two great goals to help lift the team to the win. Bella Rose Ramirez and Kaylee Pellino played a solid game with the team shorthanded in hot conditions. So far the team is undefeated in the A division. Later in the day, the girls were back in action and were able to hold off Seymour in a friendly game at home with a 2-1 win. For some it was their third game of the day and they really had to work hard for the win. Camilla Murphy logged important minutes on defense to slow Seymour down. Sarahi Cruz and Melissa Valtierra played hard in the midfield. Ericka Tighe made some amazing saves in goal to hold off the Seymour attack.
The Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center U-10 boys travel team won two more games this past weekend and are undefeated at 4-0-1 on the season. On Friday night the team traveled to Wallingford for a game “under the lights.” Leo Mazuroski beat the Wallingford goalie with a hard shot to put the Westies on the scoreboard first. Sean Studley then followed with a pair of goals to give West Haven a 3-0 advantage at half time. Wallingford scored twice in the second half but the Blue Devil defense was able to hold on for the 3-2 win. Rafi Treat and Maicon Miguel were both solid in goal for West Haven. On Saturday afternoon the Westies hosted Shelton for a very evenly contested match at Peterson Field. Midway through the first half, Mazuroski cleared a corner kick out of the box to Ibraham Bello in the midfield. Bello beat a defender and centered the ball back to the speedy Mazuroski who raced all the way up back up the field. Mazuroski’s shot beat a diving goalie to give West Haven a 1-0 lead. Just before half time Jovan Lakaj made it 2-0 with a strong strike inside the near post. The West Haven defense, led by Matthew Panton, Nate Charron and Ephrain Brown, kept Shelton in check in the second half to preserve the 2-0 shutout.
The Eli’s Orange U-12 boys travel team played two games last weekend. On Saturday they hosted Stamford in the first round of the State Cup. The Westies came out strong in the first 12 minutes of the first half. Michael Cardoso and Edgar Lopez provided early offensive pressure. However, Stamford capitalized on turnovers and scored two goals by the end of the first half. Although West Haven had some fantastic opportunities, one by Giancarlo Esquival’s direct kick that hit the crossbar, Stamford’s acrobatic goaltender and quick attack proved to be one step faster than the Westies defensive efforts. Stamford netted three more goals in the second half and advanced to the second round of the cup. Michael Luth never gave up in goal stopping many one-on-one opportunities. Collin Charron, Robert Foley and Miguel Torres played a strong game. On Sunday, the team travelled up scenic Route 8 to face Watertown in their first league game of the season. The match began similar to Saturday’s game against Stamford with West Haven letting up two goals in the first half. However, the Westies were not about to go scoreless in this match. Munib Kassem opened up the scoring for the Westies with some creative foot skills through two defenders and a blistering shot past a towering Watertown goalie. Watertown scored one more time before the end of the first half that pushed their lead to 3-1. In the second half. Kassem kept up his goal scoring streak and netted two quick goals to tie the game 3-3. Watertown wouldn’t give up taking the lead again 4-3, but Edgar Lopez found the back of the net on a loose ball in the 18-yard box, tying the game again, 4-4. The same pattern repeated as Watertown scored to take the lead, 5-4, and once again the Westies tied it up with a goal by Robert Foley as he picked up a cross and found the back of the net on a tight angle inside the 6-yard box, making the game 5-5. Watertown once again continued their strong attack scoring on a header off a corner kick making it 6-5. The Westies once again tied the game with another goal by Lopez. In the end, Watertown found the back of the net for the final time in the last few minutes of the game. Time ran out for the Westies as they dropped their first league match, 7-6, in an exciting game from start to finish. Sebastian Treat, Ricardo Azanna, and Michael Cardoso provided strong offensive pressure. Sean Callahan and Maurizio Urriola both played strong defensive games stopping many Watertown opportunities. LJ Laboy made his debut in goal for this spring, and despite the loss, Laboy made many great saves and provided quick distributions from the goal that helped on a couple of the Westie goals.
The Elite Soccer Camps Red Dragons played the CT Pest Elimination Green Beans Saturday in a close, back-and-forth game. Nour El Mouki, Charlie Gunning and Colin Whelan led the scoring for the Red Dragons. Gunning and Aidan Slater showed off their growing confidence on the ball by using pull back turns and shoulder fakes to get past defenders. Jax Guarino, Luca Decrescenzo, and Ben Trenchard all showed a lot of hustle. For the Green Beans, Adam Lennon and Enoch Kehinde led the way with great play overall. Seth Empric contributed a goal and strong teamwork. Ethan Jacinto gave tireless efforts to help the team.
The Bohemian Body Art Irish Green had a solid game against Cappetta’s Italian Imports on Saturday with the 2-0 win. Valentina Mariconde was solid in the net recording a shutout. Braelynn Elliot led the charge at forward and Cristel Miguel netted a nice goal to the right corner to seal the win. The Rock House School of Music Rockers got a big win on Saturday against Milano & Wanat. The boys won, 4-3, with solid defense by Xavier McMillan and great midfield play by Alexander Peralta. Santiago Morales and Jovan Lakaj were solid in net against a late surge by Milano & Wanat.
The Baybrook Remodelers Blue Hawks continued their impressive season defeating York Business Center, 5-0. Natalie Reed, Madden Evangeliste, Isabel Millard, Sarahi Cruz-Cruz and Jada Fowler each scored goals. Katarina Oliveira, was great as midfielder while and Melissa Valtierra, supplied rock solid defense.
The Mulkerin School of Irish Dance Tigers showed excellent defense and offense which led to a victory over the West Haven Italian-American Civic Association Golden Phoenixes. The defense was led by Rhyon Christie, Elijah Reddick, and Christian Ashong. The offensive side was led by Rida Saanon, Andrew Collazo, and Alex Lima-Cortes. For the West Haven Italian Civic Association Golden Phoenixes, Mekayan Fowler led the way with his hustle and field play. Daniel Davis and Samir Stitou played goal for the first time and played amazing. Ken Peralta and Josue Hernandez-Tlamintzi played outstanding defense.
Lacistrong Red Rangers defeated Top Hat Dance Academy, 2-1, this past weekend, and the Top Hat Dance Company beat the Seacrest Retirement Center Green Goblins by the same score. The Gunning Law Firm kept up with their winning ways on Saturday against Dillman and Dillman Adjusters. Kylie Gibbons and Finley Gunning each recorded a hat trick in the win. Elina Cordero played aggressively in the mid field alongside Mina Zaccariello. The Apple Rehab Blue Dragons took the win over Elsie-Encarnation State Farm Insurance, 4-2. Sebastion Castillo-Cruz, Tahjir Gray, Sercan Ilitli, and Luis Ramirez all did a great job on the field. The West Haven Professional Firefighters Green Machine lost, 5-1 to the West Shore Family Dental. The goal was scored by Charles Sutton. Good defense was supplied by Aidan Amaro and Christopher Glynn and some great footwork was on show by Raymond Listorti.
The Stars Ice Cream Green Strikers defeated Watson Foods Co, LLC. 5-0. The Strikers were led by Nada El Mouki with two goals, also scoring were Mary Angel Cruz, Madyson Ortiz and Nina Reed. Maryorie Hernandez Fortin and Julie Cruz played great in goal. Stowe’s Seafood Blue Eels took a hard fought loss against Porto Funeral Homes, 5-2. Aldair Saucedo played great in goal, supported by great defense from Mussie Abraham and great field play by Zach Shippy, Jostin Gonzlez, and Nourish Boulguid. The Lions Club of West Haven team defeated the Oyster River Energy Soccer Rockers, 3-1. Keara Chiong had several saves in net! Anahi Cruz played a strong offensive game and Mayssam Mandhouj had two assists. For the Oyster River Energy Soccer Rockers, Madeleine McCarthy scored her first goal, which was assisted by Mya Ajanaku. Both Asia Ford and Sofia Lora played well on defense and were able to stop multiple players from taking shots on goal.