Trumbull boys shut out St. Joseph in FCIAC bout

After a six-game winless streak following a season-opening victory, the Trumbull High boys soccer team broke out in a big way on Oct. 3, against St. Joseph at the Dalling Sports Complex.

Coach Sebastian Gangemi’s Eagles fired in a pair of goals in each half to turn back the Cadets by a 4-0 margin.

Daniel Bartoli opened the scoring for Trumbull (2-5-1) with 25:06 left in the first half, converting a penalty kick, and Matthew Kapell doubled the lead with a goal at 17:07.

Jason Imre and Justin Lynch finished off the FCIAC victory with markers in the final 15 minutes to provide the Eagles with more insurance.

Trumbull set the tone early, with junior Eric Neil giving coach Steve Waizenegger’s Cadets (4-4-1) fits from his left-sided midfield position.

Dante Alberti’s direct kick from 15 yards out for St. Joseph at 37:30 was the first scoring opportunity of the contest, but it was Trumbull that ended up striking first.

Neil threaded a ground pass to Matthew Restrepo, and the sophomore livewire picked his way into the 18-yard box.

Cadet fullback Joey Martino chopped down Restrepo, resulting in a penalty kick, and Bartoli drove a low shot to the left side past the dive of St. Joseph keeper Eric Lewicki.

Kapell, who controlled the midfield along with Neil and sophomore Thang Dao, then scored off of an assist from Harrison Crosley.

With under seven minutes left to play in the first half, Trumbull won another penalty kick — this time when Lewicki took out Brian Moccia on the right edge of the box.

Bartoli’s second chance from the spot was off target, as his shot rattled the crossbar.

In the second half, Trumbull’s backline of Paul Costa, Bartoli, Jeremiah Caraballo and Timothy Bean continued to stifle the Cadet attack.

Eagle keeper Dan Isaac needed to make just two saves, as Trumbull kept a tight mark on St. Joseph forward Matthew Reis — who was coming off a hat trick in a 3-1 win over Harding High of Bridgeport.

Lewicki had four saves, with Trumbull holding a 12-4 advantage in shots.

The late goals from Imre and Lynch sealed the win for the Eagles, who won for the first time since defeating Ridgefield, 1-0, in the season opener on Sept. 11.