Boys soccer: Timetable differs for town rivals
There was one goal with separate agendas being played out when the Trumbull High boys soccer team paid a visit to town rival St. Joseph for their FCIAC match last Saturday.
The Eagles met their first objective after posting a 6-0 decision, as Jason Weinstein had three goals for coach Sebastian Gangemi’s Eagles (7-3-0), whose sights are set on winning an FCIAC championship, a title they shared a year ago.
Cadet coach Carlos Reinoso focus is on building a program, and doing so while playing established teams.
Trumbull made its statement in the second half, as it never took its foot off the proverbial pedal in extending its 2-0 lead.
St. Joseph, meanwhile, took a breathe after each Eagle tally and kept competing.
“It is their turn (on the field) and they want to show what they can do,” Gangemi said of trying to harness his talented second-liners. “It is soccer, you can’t take the air out of the ball. My guys played well in the second half. St. Joseph had the better play in the first half. They didn’t quit.”
Trumbull’s Tiago Frazao, Matheus Santiago and Andrew Restrepo had one goal each. Anthony Barreira and Connor Bluestein each had two assists. Howard Quan added an assist.
Reinoso encouraged his team to distribute the ball quicker. He expressed to his players on each substitution how important it was to give one hundred percent effort. His Cadets didn’t disappoint.
Sawyer Meehan, Skylar Furlong, Josh Harper and Rob Razzaia put pressure on the Trumbull back line of Nicholaos Xenakis, John-Michael Recker, Joe Piccolo and keeper Andrew Menjivar.
Michael Pleszko was in goal for the Cadets, and the senior communicated throughout the match and instinctively got in position to take on the attack.
Trumbull relentlessly pushing the ball forward with Panayiotis Xenakis, Nick Moussavian, Tucker David, Myles Summer, Dante DePina and Frazao.
That meant St. Joseph’s backline of Jacob Krasznai, Kenny Schneider and Nick Harper had to be at their best to contain.
The Cadets’ David Leandres, Manny Santos and Camilo Ramos looked to slow things down at midfield.
Trumbull took a 2-0 lead in the first 11 minutes.
Weinstein scored off a header in the sixth minute and Frazao doubled the advantage five minutes later. Barreira assisted on both tallies, finding space in the defensive third, to give Trumbull the advantage.
St. Joseph countered every Trumbull trip the rest of the session.
In the 17th minute off a corner opportunity, Meehan’s left-footed blast from the penalty area was stopped by Menjivar. The senior keeper twice came off his line to stop forays over the next five minutes.
Cinque collected a free kick from Meehan, but saw his shot from the left side rise high over the crossbar with eight minutes remaining in the half.
With two minutes on the clock, Furlong created space and left the ball for Josh Harper but Menjivar was again equal to the challenge.
Trumbull was charged up after intermission, with Orlando Fernandes, Andrew Weinstein, Nick Vitale and Jake Teixeira adding their skills to the mix.
Three minutes in, Qian crossed the ball to Jason Weinstein, who buried his point blank shot as Pleszko had no chance to make a save.
Four minutes later, Santiago made two fine moves to leave midfielders in his wake before burying his shot.
Bluestein was the playmaker on the Eagles next two goals.
The senior found Jason Weinstein open at the opposite post at 21:08 and then connected with Restrepo for a 5-0 lead at the 16:31 mark.
Menjivar secured the clean sheet with a brilliant left-handed stop on Razzaia’s shot to end a Cadet flurry with six minutes remaining.
Roundup: Tiago Frazao scored the goal for the Eagles in their 1-0 victory over Wilton High on Tuesday. Howard Qian had the assist on the goal, which came in the 15th minute. Andrew Menjivar had two saves to post the shutout, as Trumbull improved to 8-3.