On Saturday, the U-12 boys travel team played host to Southington. These teams have been playing each other for a few seasons, but this game was a was a little more special. The teams played at The Paul Duffy Soccer Complex, named in honor of Duffy after his passing in 2011. Anyone that has been involved with West Haven Youth Soccer knows the Duffy family and remember his ever-present smile and presence on the soccer pitch. What made this game special was Duffy’s grandson Aidan Burns, son of Diane Duffy Burns, plays for Southington.
West Haven took an early lead on a penalty kick that was scored by Munib Kassim. Maurizio Urriola netted the second goal and Southington scored shortly after to narrow the lead to 2-1. Kassim scored his second goal to pull West Haven ahead to a final score of 3-1. Both teams exhibited positive sportsmanship that the friendly rivalry has come to expect.
The Elite Soccer Camps U-12 girls travel team traveled to Madison Saturday afternoon and came away with a 3-0 win. Ava Murphy held the shut out in goal, and Ariana Izzo had an assist on a Brooke Flaherty goal and added two goals of her own. Camryn Flaherty, Isabelle Nagle, and Camryn Beauvais anchored the defense, while Alyvia Ginsberg, Brooke Throm and Josephina Lakaj did well in the midfield in the win for the Westies.
The Top Hat Dance Academy girls U-10 team played to a 1-1 tie in Shelton on Saturday. Shelton had won the Fall division so this was a big game for the girls and a 1-1 draw was a good result for the team. Madden Evangeliste and Marcy Funke held down the midfield playing valuable minutes for the team, while Cristel Miguel led the charge forward with intense energy. Kayci Gayle scored the goal with a nice shot into the back corner of the net.
The Elite Soccer Camps U-11 girls travel Thunder lost a close game to Branford on Sunday, 4-3. Alexandria Nunes and Amyah Kelly each scored, while Ciara Harp had an assist. Sydni Gayle did a good job in goal for the Elite Soccer Thunder.
The Porto Funeral Home U-14 girls travel team beat Orange on Sunday. Cecilia Yanez scored the winning goal on a time shot off an Elena Petrie throw-in. Madison Lentine scored a looping shot over the goalie on Saturday for the Westies in their game against New Haven.
The Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center U-11 boys traveled to Shelton on Saturday. West Haven struggled to match Shelton’s speed and positioning, but fought hard and held a lead almost the whole game. Shelton landed a couple of tough shots to pull ahead, 5-4, late in game. West Haven goals were scored by Ethan Masoperth and Matt Hunter.
On Sunday the U-11 boys took on Wallingford. The Westies had to play with only eight players, but that proved to be all they needed as they won, 7-1. Dylan Petrie played great in net using every piece of his body to save any shot that came his way. Bobby Severino and Tom Williams played great controlling the defense. Goals were scored by Ethan Masoperth, Matt Hunter, Christian Reyes, Malik Ouri-Adei, Angel Magana.
The CT Pest Elimination Green Beans played Eli’s Orange Bumblebees Saturday morning, winning, 6-3. Enoch Kehinde led the way with a hat trick. Seth Empric and Jillian Crudo contributed with great play overall for the CT Pest Elimination Green Beans.
The Elite Soccer Camps Red Dragons played Watson Foods Company, LLC, and came out on top, 7-4. Marco Antonucci and Salvatore Castagnetto showed a lot of hustle for the Elite Soccer Red Dragons, while Alessia Coletta, Nour El Mouki, Aiden Slater and Tori Smith all worked hard in the win against Watson Foods. The Lacistrong Polar Bears played a very fun game against Dillman & Dillman Adjusters, LLC, coming away with a 5-3 win. Scoring for the Polar Bears were Jacob Radar, Peyton-Rose Reid and Phoebe Dinuzzo. Mason Panton and Brooklynn O’Mara assisted on helping their teammates on the field.
The Oyster River Energy Soccer Rockers played against CDG2, with the final score being 1-0. Joyce Delgado of the Rockers scored the only goal of the game, while Sarah Davey had an excellent first game as Oyster River Energy’s new goalkeeper, coming up with several saves. Eveleen Jiang played strong defense on the back line.
The CDG1 Rock House Rockers won, 4-2, against Stars Ice Cream. Akilatu Ayinla did amazing in goal during the second half and Nadia Piroli scored a hat trick. Abbegail Walker played a great defensive game for Rock House.
The Baybrook Remodelers Blue Hawks played an exciting game that ended against Cappetta’s Italian Imports. Madden Evangeliste, Katarina Oliveira, and Sarahi Cruz-Cruz, peppered the goal with 10 shots. Adriana Fabian and Melissa Valtierra provided strong defense that supported with Jada Fowler’s stellar goaltending. The Stowe’s Seafood Blue Eels lost a hard fought back and forth battle against Seacrest Retirement Center, 6-4. Conner Hummel, Jair Saucedo and Adrian Bello all scored, and Shawn Tarpeh added some great field play.
The WH Professional Firefighters Green Machine dropped, 2-1. decision to the WH Italian-American Civic Association. The Green Machine’s loan goal was scored by Charles Sutton, while Matthew Pascreta played great defense. Aidan Guarino displayed excellent, and Jeffrey Walker put forth a great effort in goal. York Business Center Orange Crush lost a tough one to Bohemian Body Art, 5-0. Lia Powers and Jocelyn Sliber played great defense for York Business Center. The Apple Rehab of West Haven Blue Dragons had a big win over the Lion’s Club of West Haven, 4-0. Jayden Abekah, Holden Napoletano, Diego Oceguera ,Mateo Santillan-Briceno were the big scorers.
Cappetta’s Italian Imports had a hard fought game on Saturday against and older and bigger Gunning Law Firm team. They fell to a score of 9-3 but had fun and showed improvement. Scoring for the Blue Birds was Charissa Ashong, Luciana Cappetta, and Leila Lancaster. Also playing well was Kai Ruotolo and Giada Jimenez.
In other action, the Mulkerin School of Irish Dancing Leperchauns won a close game against Milano & Wanat Warriors, 2-1. Also, Elsie Encarnation-State Farm Insurance came up short against West haven Family Dental in a 5-3 game.
The WH Italian American Civic Association Golden Phoenixes played their second game this week and the Golden Phoenixes rose from the ashes after last week’s tough opening season loss. They were led in goal by Samir Stitou. Mekayan Hernandez-Tlamintzi and Jordan White provided many great passes. Joey Sperry took advantage of one of those passes and put the ball in the back of the net to give his team a 1-0 lead at the half. Victor Magana Preciado played the second half in net. He had two stunning saves, and only allowed one goal as The WH Professional Firefighters tied the game midway through the second half. Nick Medina Rosero, Kenneth Peralta, and Hasan Alrawashdeh provided a solid defensive effort. Rafael Treat dribbled through the middle past two defenders to score the game winning goal for the Golden Phoenixes.