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Boys soccer notebook Weston seniors’ bond is strong

September 23, 2018

TROJAN DEFENSE

The Weston boys soccer team has been building toward this for four seasons.

Now, players who started for the team as freshmen are part of an all-senior starting 11 for the Trojans.

Four of those seniors: Max Blank, David Tamburri, Sam Chicha and Tony Fontana comprise a backline which has only conceded one goal this season and that came on a penalty kick against Bethel.

Otherwise, the Weston defense has let up zero goals over five games, including a 1-0 win at rival Barlow Thursday.

The senior leadership along with a new assistant coach has made all the difference for the Trojans who sit atop the SWC and Class L standings at 5-0.

“I brought in a new assistant coach (Chris Myers) who is absolutely fantastic about discipline in the back, shape and communication,” Weston coach Kevin Fitzsimmons said. “He brought in a lot of new ideas and the boys took the time to adjust to it but now it is in play and a lot of credit to Chris for that.”

“This is the first time, in nine years as the coach, I have been able to play all seniors in the back and it makes a huge difference,” he said. “Of our 11 seniors, six started as freshmen for us. I knew coming in this year I had good players coming back. They have a lot of experience and I think a lot more confidence and a lot more knowledge.”

Weston was co-champions with East Catholic in Class M in 2005 and lost in the 1970 Class S final in its only two state final appearances. With a senior-dominated team, reaching the state final looks within reach this season.

LIGHTING IT UP

According to the Collinsville Press, the 18th annual doubleheader between the Ellington and Canton boys and girls soccer teams will be the first time both games are played under the new permanent lights at Canton High School.

Saturday, Oct. 6 in between the 5 p.m. girls game and 7 p.m. boys game, there will be a ceremony marking the occasion and recognizing those responsible for bringing lights to the athletic complex.

The school will not be charging admission for the game.

The teams have been playing under lights since the doubleheaders began in 1999 but they have been temporary lights set up at Bowdoin Field and then removed.

Both the boys and girls will play a game each under the lights prior to the doubleheader with the girls taking on Somers Sept. 25.and the boys hosting Granby Sept. 28.

XAVIER RISING

Don’t look now but Xavier soccer is 6-0 for the first time since 2013 when the team reached the Class LL semifinals where it lost 2-1 to Ridgefield.

Among those early-season victories was a 1-0 decision over defending Class L champions and SCC powerhouse Hand. Xavier will travel to Hand Oct. 9 for the rematch.

TOP PERFORMERS

Hunter Pasqualini, South Windsor: The senior goalkeeper made several big saves, including a diving one-handed stop late as South Windsor defeated Wethersfield 1-0. For good measure, Pasqualini made 10 saves in the next game a 2-0 win over defending state champions Glastonbury.

Tyler Warren, Danbury: Warren was superb on defense and scored his first career on goal on a rocket-strike from 35-yards away from goal in the Hatters 5-1 win over Ridgefield.

Colin Luca, East Catholic: Luca scored both goals for the undefeated Eagles as they beat rival Manchester 2-1 in overtime.

Praneeth Ganedi, Branford: The Branford goalkeeper helped them to a 0-0 draw with Cheshire and a 1-0 win over Law last week.

Kenly Lalanne, Stamford: Lalanne scored a hat trick in Stamford’s 3-2 win over New Canaan Friday.

Alfonso Vazquez, Windham: Vazquez scored a hat-trick in a 5-1 win over Killingly.

Henry Cohen, Weston: The sophomore came off the bench to score the lone goal in the Trojans 1-0 win over rival Barlow.

GET OUT AND GO

Monday

Trumbull at Ludlowe 7 p.m.: Two of the FCIAC’s top teams faceoff under the lights to start the week.

Tuesday

Newington at Hartford Public 3:45 p.m.: Both teams entered play this weekend unbeaten and near the top of the CCC standings.

Lewis Mills at Nonnewaug 3:45 p.m.: Lewis Mills rules the Berkshire League but Nonnewaug has only dropped one game and is primed for an upset.

Wednesday

Branford at Guilford 6:30 p.m.: Both SCC schools feel they are good enough to compete for the Class L championship.

Staples at Greenwich 5 p.m.: This has become the tensest rivalry in FCIAC boys soccer and with both teams fielding excellent sides, this year should be fun.

Thursday

New Milford at Brookfield 7:15 p.m.: The SWC is deep with talented teams this season with these two counted among the best.

Friday

Crosby at Holy Cross 3:45 p.m.: Holy Cross is off to a fast start in the NVL and would love to keep it rolling against Crosby.

Saturday

Old Saybrook at Hale Ray 6:30 p.m.: The Shoreline foes ready to take the stage under the Saturday night lights.

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