Westhill boys soccer wins season opener over Wilton
WILTON — The temperature was unseasonably warm Friday, but most of heat being generated at Kristine Lilly Field in Wilton was coming from the Westhill boys soccer team.
The Vikings stormed out of the gate, taking the game to Wilton from the outset on its way to a 4-1 win on opening day of the FCIAC season.
Westhill coach Joe Andrews said his teams locked in approach was due to his four senior captains — Charlie Teeter, Frank Dente, Mateusz Dzieman and Max Mojica — who Andrews said did all the motivational work for him pregame.
“I was really happy with their approach and the win was a bonus,” Andrews said. “From the moment they got off the bus and stepped on the field, they were ready to play. This year our leadership has been great. It is the first time I have had four captains but they each have their own role and everyone is working together. Getting that early goal help a lot. It kind of helped get the momentum and helped us build a nice little lead.”
Less than 10 minutes into the game, Luca Mastrogiacomo picked up a ball cleared after a Wilton corner kick, picking it up at midfield and dribbling in alone and beating the Wilton keeper on his right side.
“There was a corner and I was waiting up top and they booted it up and I was through and dribbled all the way in and placed it in the corner. Easy goal,” Mastrogiacomo said. “Coming off last season, we didn’t have the best season and this year we wanted to come out harder and come out more as a team and we showed that today.”
Westhill added another goal eight minutes later with Oscar Funes finishing in the box of an assist from Dzieman.
The Vikings would built the lead to 3-0 at halftime with another breakaway goal, this time off a throw-in by Dente to Dylan Sparks. The forward got behind the defense on the left side, beating the keeper without much resistance.
Westhill won nearly every 50-50 ball, took the ball away from Wilton seemingly at will and controlled the flow of play throughout the first half.
Wilton coach Jim Lewicki said his team got beaten in every facet of the game.
“I couldn’t believe what I saw out there,” Lewicki said. “I know the things we worked on during practice and we didn’t apply them today. They beat us to the 50-50 balls, they looked like they had better fitness than us, which embarrassed me. There is a lot of things we need to work on and it doesn’t get any easier Monday against Norwalk.”
Wilton got a second-half goal from Ryan McNamara who converted a 25-yard direct kick after a foul and yellow card on Westhill.
Mastrogiacomo capped the scoring with his second tally with 7:30 reaming, again playing in wide open space near the goal.
WESTHILL 4, WILTON 1
WESTHILL 3 1 — 4
WILTON 0 1 — 1
Records: WE — 1-0; WI 0-1
Goals: WE — Luca Mastrogiacomo 2 g; Dylan Sparks 1g; Oscar Funes 1g; Frank Dente, 1a WI— Ryan McNamara 1g
Goalies: WE—Adrian Wilks Chung 4 saves; WI—Charles Hess 12 saves