The West Haven Youth Soccer travel teams opened up their spring seasons this weekend, taking part in the First Annual “Battle of the Clubs” against Cheshire. All of the West Haven travel teams traveled to Cheshire Saturday and Sunday to play against their counterparts.
In the opening game of the weekend, the West Haven U11 boys took on Cheshire U-11’s, coming out on top, 6-1. The match started with some obvious rust as the boys came out of winter hibernation. Dylan Agvent got the scoreboard going with a nice shot from 18 yards out to put the Westies on top. Gabe Locklear added a pair of goals, while Brian Cruz, Matthew Hunter, and Efe Tatar also scored. Ethan Masoperth and Keifer Tandazo played exceptional, controlling the midfield, setting up scoring opportunities and denying counter attack. Yahzeel Beyley played great in net shutting Cheshire out in his first half work.
The West Haven U-11 Girls Thunder played next against the Cheshire U-12 travel-rec team, and the Westies won, 5-0. Chloe Whelan picked up the first half hat-trick, and Alexandria Nunes and Amyah Kelly added goals. Jasmine Trigueros and Kaitlyn Salgado combined for the shut-out in goal, and Sydney Gayle played well on defense.
The West Haven U-9 boys travel soccer team was forced to face the U-10 West Haven boys team Saturday afternoon to start the season because the Cheshire teams failed to show. Both teams looked good with Nate Charon and Sean Studley playing well on the field for the U-10 boys while Santiago Morales played a great game for the U-9. Charles Sutton and Chase Agvent played a great defensive game for the U-9 boys, allowing only 2 goals against their older opponents.
In the end the U-10 boys took the game with a 2-1 win with Efrain Brown and Leo Mazuroski scoring for U10 and Pablo Feregrino scoring the only goal for U9.
The West Haven U-11 girls Lightning played against Cheshire’s Premier team on Sunday. In a challenging game, the girls fell, 1-0, but went toe to toe with their highly skilled opposition. Kayla Burt and Etta Funke did very well in goal, and Jaelyn Beauvais and Jaylyn Powel played very well in the midfield. Ashlynn Trenchard and Molly Gunning played a great game on the flanks as the Westies pushed for the tying goal.
The U-12 girls travel team also challenged themselves against the U-12 Cheshire premier team on Sunday. The Westies jumped out to a two goal lead, with Abigail Phelan and Brooke Flaherty finding the back of the net. Olivia Trenchard did a fantastic job as the defensive center midfielder, and Camryn Beauvais worked hard all over the field. Cheshire scored two goals late in the game as the Westies ran out of gas, despite the strong efforts of Sofia DeRosa in goal.
The U-10 girls played well in the Battle of the Clubs, coming out on top in a 3-0 win. The team was led with goals by Kaylee Pellino, Alexyia Lucas, and Camilla Murphy. Outstanding defensive play was led by Kayci Gayle and Aarya Mulmi.
The WHYS U-12 boys began the spring season this weekend with a 5-0 win against Cheshire. Michael Luth and LJ Laboy both split time in goal to earn the shutout. Collin Charron, Robert Foley, David Smith, Miguel Torres and Darrell Appiah played strong defensively. Munib Kassem, Sean Callahan, Michael Cardoso, Sebastian Treat, Maurizio Urriola, and Ricardo Azana controlled the midfield throughout the game. Goals came from LJ Laboy, Giancarlo Esquivel, Robert Foley, and making his debut with the U-12 team this season Cameron Cruz-Sharog put the ball in the back of the net twice!
The U-15 boys travel team had its season opener on Saturday against Guilford. In a very cold evening game the boys played well despite a 4-2 loss. Scoring for West Haven was Mark Conchaga and Paul Cardoso.
On Sunday they faced Cheshire in the Battle of the Clubs in a well matched game. West Haven came out on top, 4-1, with goals by Chris Martinez, Donaldo Yanez, and Alan Lopez. Goalkeepers Holden Axlerod and Brian Carew made terrific saves.
The West Haven U-19 girls began their spring season with a nice 6-1 win over Cheshire on Sunday. Sophia Wilson netted 5 goals while Thea Ranelli grabbed one. The defense was led by Selena Izzo, Abby Lozon , Ashley Cardenas, Angela Borelli and Emma Konicki Teresa Tamborra made several key saves in goal to seal the win.