Trumbull Hot Shots advance to U-13 Cup play
The Trumbull United U-13 Hot Shots have sprinted out to a 5-0 overall record and a spot in the Sweet 16 of the Connecticut Cup to start the fall season.
After allowing the opening goal in their first game of district play, the Hot Shots have scored 23 straight unanswered goals.
In Cup play Saturday in Glastonbury, goalies Julia Marin and Jaime McMahon combined for the shutout in the 4-0 win.
Evelyn Marchand scored the team’s first goal on a right-footed shot into the left corner.
The team’s second goal came when Marin boomed a punt the length of the field, where Korrie Munoz turned a defender around, before slotting home the ball with her right foot.
Munoz would use her left foot for the third goal.
The fourth goal was set up when Corrine Howell drew a penalty in the 18-yard-box.
Kaitlyn Bailo cooly smashed the ball into the back of the net from the penalty spot.
The team’s defense dominated in back with Riley Tubovich and Ashley Engen controlling the game in the middle of the field.
On Sunday, Trumbull United beat Darien, 6-0.
Marchand and Maddy Peddle each scored twice.
Marchand also had two assists, crossing one to Peddle and finding her center midfield partner, Olivia Centopani, who lashed a goal into the corner.
Payton Corsi scored on a gorgeous left-footed shot, while Munoz found Peddle for the final tally.
The most spectacular shot of the game didn’t go for a goal, but, off a set corner kick play, left back Caroline Pagliaro nearly scored from 30 yards out as the ball bounced off the top corner of the post.
Pagliaro, Caroline Buck and Anna Storino continually began offensive plays from their spots on the backline. Marin and Risa Hilinski combined on the shutout.
A week earlier in a battle atop their division, Trumbull beat fellow undefeated club, Fairfield, 5-0. 0.
Munoz would score the first of her two goals off an assist from Peddle.
Marchand would put home the team’s second goal with right-footed rocket from just inside the 18-yard box.
Grace Dias crushed a shot from about 25 yards for the 3-0 lead.
After Munoz’s second goal, Kathryn Finnegan put home the Hot Shots final goal, tapping in a rebound off a Centopani shot.
Lindsay Bull, Anna Storino and Kaitlyn Coppola, from their midfield positions, continually linked the defense to the forwards.