Trumbull United Soccer Club U11 Boy’ Pride and U11 Girls’ Wildcats each played for a berth in the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association championship games this past weekend.

The U11 Wildcats took on Norwalk. The winner would advance to the championship game in Simsbury. Last fall, the Wildcats lost on penalty kicks to Manchester which went on to win the CT Cup.

This time, Trumbull had the advantage of playing in front of a home crowd in the confines of Indian Ledge. Kate Mumbach put Trumbull up 1-0 In the first half with a brilliantly placed ball into left netting.

The game stayed that way early into second half, as Trumbull midfielders Julia Kantor-Register, Natalia Latorre and Alex Riehl kept Norwalk on its heels.

Shortly after the mid-point of the second half, Natalie Kenhley took a ball off the right side of the field a hit a left-footed shot into back of net to increase Trumbull lead to 2-0.

While Norwalk looked to push numbers forward after conceding the second goal, Jane Shannon, Mia Lafaille, Mila Biasuz and goalkeeper Mackenzie Vano had the final third of the field under control.

Erin Brennan, Laren Yakowicz, Leah Greco, Linsey Munoz and Michaela Diamond all had great contributions.

“I’m very proud of this team and our club,” coach Jaime Jorge said. “I know that this must be an amazing feeling for all these girls and the families and friends who showed up to support Trumbull United Soccer. This will be my third time back in the CT Cup final. if you’re lucky these opportunities only happen once in a lifetime, so I consider myself extremely lucky.

“Overall the team played an awesome game, they played together, they were always looking to create chances on the right side of the field and their determination and grit got them through the sixty minutes without conceding a goal. I’m really looking forward playing Manchester United Soccer Club. They have some great players and have a fantastic team. I couldn’t think of a better way to end our season.”

The Trumbull United U11 boys played Shelton FC in the semifinals match at Capewell Park in Shelton. In a spirited high-scoring game going down to the final minutes, Shelton did just enough to beat Trumbull 5-4.

“We knew Shelton had home field and I felt it was vital for us to keep the score close in that first half,” coach Jorge said. “I feel Evan Ambrosia had one of his best halves in goal, he made some key saves in that first half that allowed us to stay in the game.

“Once we were able to shake off the nerves at halftime — and change some of our in-game strategy — that allowed our ballers to take over in better parts of the field. Jaden Lima (team captain), Dean Jackson, Luca Solustri, C.J. Lenzen, Rayyan Khan and James Kantor-Register came out in the second half and created so many quality opportunities, just missing wide or hitting the post on many.”

“The defense played like men today,” coach Tyler Jorge said. “I couldn’t be happier about how those boys held Shelton’s high-powered offense at bay. Also, Nick Niles and Peter Ryan had some huge minutes in the game. Especially in the second half when it was import for Pride to keep the high pace and pressure on Shelton.

“While this may sting a bit today, understand that we have moved mountains as a team this season. Today you represented our town and the Trumbull United Soccer Program with class and dignity. Congrats and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for all of us.”