The West Haven Youth Soccer League was back in action this weekend, enjoying perfect soccer playing weather. The Gunning Law Firm U-10 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, 3-0. 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.
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 U-19 boys started their weekend early Saturday away at Cheshire, and quickly went down, 2-0, until super-sub 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 12-1 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.