Pieces in place for long-term success on the pitch

Trumbull United concluded a very successful fall schedule with an improved program under new directors of coaching, Steve Waizenegger on the boys side and Jaime Jorge for the girls.

“Trumbull is a great sports town--rich with tradition and pride,” Jorge said. “I'm thrilled to be part of that fabric not only as a resident, but as a professional youth soccer coach. Our town is loaded with hard working, talented players and knowledgeable soccer families. I am committed to making our club the very best soccer experience by providing a professional learning and positive playing environment.”

Waizenegger’s boys’ under-14 Vipers led the way for Trumbull United, dominating in the district championship and finishing up an undefeated league schedule with the trophies in hand.

In New Canaan this weekend, the Vipers first took care of Ridgefield with a 4-0 shutout on Saturday. On Sunday, the Vipers defeated Norwalk, 4-1, to complete their fall league schedule at 10-0-1. Norwalk had played Trumbull to a tie during the regular season. The boys completed a magical season, which saw them also reach the Final Four of the Cup of Connecticut.

“With a supportive club board and a hard-working group of team managers, we've been able to change the culture of the club,” Waizenegger said. “Our model is quite simple, but it works. As directors, we were driven to bring in local coaching talent including many local high school coaches, who are focused on developing the youth player and sharing their passion for the game. Our staff also has deep roots in the community and has a true vested interest in our kids. I believe our coaching retention rates will be strong going forward and we look to continue to build off an excellent summer and fall season.”

On Saturday, the U-11 Storm played in the district semifinal, losing 1-0 to Orange in a match played in Shelton. William Zaslow stood out in goal, keeping Trumbull in it, while the Storm had several near misses on goal. The boys finished 7-3-3 overall and 4-2-3 in the league.

On Sunday, the U-10 Trumbull Scorpions blanked Fairfield, 6-0, at home. The boys nearly went undefeated in league play, finishing 5-1-2 in district. Four Trumbull players scored to lead a balanced attack and the team played a smothering defense to post its third shutout in the last four games.

Trumbull held a 4-0 lead at the half and cruised into their fifth straight win in league play and seventh straight win overall. Coach Mark Moura credited a full team effort on defense and solid passing and possession play to generate offense.

This wraps up the fall season for the Scorpions who finished the season on a roll and brings high hopes for the spring campaign. The team includes Logan Blazer, Hayden Brill, Owen Bull, Jack Carlos, Stefan Cordas, Conor Kane, Kyle Kegan, Christian Moura, Sean Newmark, Claudio Pizzacarola, Kevin Seymour and Lander Sotil.

On Sunday, the U-9 Thunder beat Fairfield, 6-2, at home to complete a strong season. The girls finished 7-2 in league play and 13-5 overall. Peyton Bashar, Jocelyn Van Stone and Katie Marchand were named the players of the game by coach Tyler Jorge. Marchand and Lily Seltenreich each had two goals, while Olivia Flores and Abby Lee drilled home the other two.

Catalina Mozzo and Sophia Bennett split time in goal, receiving excellent defensive work in front of them from Danika Curtin, Remy DeNomme and Riley Connolly, who joined Bashar and Van Stone to form a strong back line.

On offense, Katherine Pollock and Emily Meagher displayed some creative playmaking. Abby Gruttadauria, who missed Sunday’s game, had an excellent year, playing striker.