Soccer: United Thunder U9 girls close season
The Trumbull United Thunder U9 girls team finished their season in fine form, defeating Newtown, 6-2, and outplaying Monroe in most aspects of the game, except the scoreboard, in a 3-1 loss.
Against Newtown at home, Olivia Flores scored five of Trumbull’s six goals. Lily Seltenreich added the sixth.
Catalina Mozzo had one of her best games of the season in goal, thwarting Newtown on several occasions.
In front of her, Peyton Bashar, Emily Meagher, Jocelyn VanStone and Remy DeNomme formed a strong wall.
The Trumbull backline has had to finish the year without one of its stronger defenders, Danika Curtin, who has been out with a broken elbow.
In Monroe, Trumbull played a physical game and could have won, if luck were on its side.
Monroe took home the victory, though the Thunder controlled much of the play with midfielders Bashar, Abby Lee, Katie Marchand and Riley Connelly all standing up strong.
Up front, Katie Pollack continually provided pressure, while Abby Gruttadauria put Trumbull on the board with a nifty second half goal. Sophia Bennett excelled in net in the second half.
The U-11 Storm picked up a big 2-1 win over Westport. Luca Antonio scored both of Trumbull’s goals. Goalie Geno Tarantino kept Westport in check for the win. Tarantino held Westport scoreless for the first half. Antonio first gave Storm on a direct kick. He put home the game-winner by chipping the goalie.
The Storm played well in games against Darien, Newtown and Fairfield.
Against Darien, Antonio and Will Zaslow scored. Zaslow’s goal came off a corner. Drew Coley stood out on defense, gaining possession and switching fields, while Ethan Sparks-Bakota rattled the goal with a shot off the post.
Versus Newtown, Jake Biondi scored twice, while James Louw and Drew Coley put home goals in a 6-4 loss. Justin Adorante assisted Biondi’s goal. Louw assisted Coley. Gino Tarantino played very well in goal.
The boys tied Fairfield, 0-0, as Zaslow played well in goal. Alex Sparks-Bakota, Matt Esposito, Coley, Adorante and Carson Brunone played tough on defense. Ethan Sparks-Bakota had some nice crosses to the middle and almost scored off an indirect kick. Tarantino who played striker for part of the game also had some close shots on goal. Biondi did a nice job moving the ball forward for the strikers.