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Boys soccer notebook Danbury defense pacing the Hatters

October 7, 2018

DEFENDING DANBURY

Danbury is the last unbeaten team in the FCIAC at 6-0-4 and it is largely that way because of the play of its defense.

The Hatters are particularly strong in the middle of the backline with juniors Aidan Coleman and Tyler Warren forming a nearly impenetrable wall in front of the goal.

“I think I have two phenomenal centerbacks,” Danbury coach Anthony Howard said. “We have Tyler Warren who is probably one of the best defenders in the state. Whenever someone says to me, ‘oh they have a good striker’ that doesn’t bother me because I know I have such a solid centerback.”

The team has only allowed two goals against once this season, on a wet and sloppy grass field at Warde. Every other game they have allowed one or nothing.

Howard said the strength of the defense makes everyone on the field better.

“It builds confidence,” he said. “We know we are going to be tough to beat because we have such a good defender. It gives the rest of the team that confidence to try and do things going forward. It’s been the springboard of our season, so far.”

WILCOX KEEPS WINNING

If you polled state soccer fans as to which team owned the longest regular-season winning streak, it might take them a few guesses to get it right.

The answer is Wilcox Tech of Meriden.

The Indians hold the state’s longest current regular-season unbeaten streak at 38 games, going back to the 2016 season where they finished 10-2-4 but did not lose over the final 13 games.

The team went 15-0-1 last season, earning the No. 2 seed in the Class L tournament before losing to Wilton in the opening round.

The team is currently 10-0 and again at the top of the Class L standings.

Wilcox has been led the past two seasons by the elite-scoring duo of all-state forwards Chris Aceves and Kelvin Cortez, both of whom are once again lighting up the CTC.

TOP PERFORMERS

Scott Testori, Hand: Testori scored twice as the Tigers defeated Guilford 2-1.

Brady Stevenson and Noah Stevenson, Xavier: The Stevenson brothers are good at sharing. The brothers scored two goals each to lead Xavier to a 7-1 non-league win over Norwich Free Academy.

Jimmy Johnson, Greenwich: The Cardinals goalkeeper made six saves, several in spectacular fashion as Greenwich handed Trumbull its first loss 1-0.

Dan Monteserin, South Windsor: Monteserin tallied two goals as South Windsor defeated CCC foe E.O. Smith 3-0.

Kevin Porras, Norwich Tech: Porras registered a hat trick, scoring all of Norwich Tech’s goals in a 3-0 win over Cheney Tech.

GET OUT AND GO

MONDAY

Newington at Hartford Public, 3:45 p.m.: Hartford Public (6-0-1) is last unbeaten team in the CCC, Newington can put an end to that having only allowed four goals so far this season.

Norwalk at Danbury, 6 p.m.: The top two teams in the FCIAC standings square off under the lights to start the week.

TUESDAY

Pomperaug at Barlow, 4 p.m.: It is a tight race in the SWC and both of these teams are in the thick of it.

Valley Regional at Hale Ray, 6:30 p.m.: Valley would love to knock Hale Ray from the ranks of the unbeaten. Big one in the Shoreline.

Xavier at Hand, 7 p.m.: Xavier has not lost, Hand has only one loss. Might be the best chance for someone to defeat Xavier in the regular season.

THURSDAY

Platt Tech at Wilcox Tech, 3:45 p.m.: Platt Tech (7-2-1) may pose the best threat to somebody in the CTC knocking off unbeaten Wilcox Tech this season.

FRIDAY

Aerospace at Innovation, 3:45 p.m.: The CRAL does not get much attention but this game for the top spot in the league standings should be fun.

SATURDAY

Watertown at Pomperaug, 4 p.m.: Ending the week with a bang with a NVL-SWC crossover between unbeaten Watertown and one-loss Pomperaug.

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