BOYS SOCCER Record-scoring Eagle
Jason Weinstein knows the history of Trumbull soccer intimately.
He has seen some of the best players and teams the school has run out and even boasts knowledge of those who played for the Black and Gold before he was born.
All of that historical knowledge leaves the senior forward humbled having his name mentioned alongside the best to ever play for his hometown team as he sits on the cusp of claiming the school’s all-time scoring mark for himself.
Entering the game against Ridgefield two weeks ago, Weinstein was tied for the record for career goals at Trumbull.
He not only claimed that record for his own, he obliterated it, scoring five goals in the game, giving him 39 for his career, passing Mike Dusiewicz, who was a senior on the 1999 team.
Weinstein also tied Dusiewicz at 87 career points, putting him in rarified air among Trumbull soccer players.
“It is pretty humbling to be at the top of that list,” Weinstein said. “I have seen a lot of the great players play here. I know the person I broke the record from and he was a very good player, himself. The league was very competitive back then, so, I can’t really compare how I’d do back then.”
Weinstein grew up watching and hearing about the best soccer players at Trumbull his entire life.
His brother, Nick, was an all-state goalkeeper on the 2012 team as well as winning the FCIAC championship and playing in the Class LL final as a member of the 2011 squad.
Weinstein will be following his brother’s footsteps by playing soccer at Endicott College next year.
Weinstein understands the run the current Eagles are on of making two-straight FCIAC finals is similar to what happened when his brother played.
“Ever since 2016, the team has kind of clicked. We got the legacy back, hopefully,” he said. “The last team that was successful was 2011, my brother’s junior year. It felt good to be co-champs in 2016, last year was supposed to be a rebuilding year and we made it to the FCIAC final. Here we are again, ready to make another run. I just want to win a FCIAC final. I have been to two already and I really want to win one and see what it feels like. That’s the goal and then make a deep run in states and see where it goes from there.”
After scoring a hat trick in the season opener against Stamford and his five-goal outburst against Ridgefield, Weinstein has gone scoreless in the last three games as defenses focus their attention on him.
For anyone thinking Trumbull is a one-man team, think again. The Eagles are 3-0 in those games including a 3-2 win over Ludlowe Monday night.
Ludlowe did not double team Weinstein Monday night but there was always someone very close to him, knowing his potential do damage.
“He’s very strong,” Ludlowe coach Kevin O’Hara said of Weinstein. “He can hold off defenders and he can turn very quickly. He can get off a shot as quickly as anyone I’ve seen in my 15 years here. When he can turn and get a ball, he hits it quite well.”
Trumbull senior forward Andrew Restrepo scored a goal and had an assist against Ludlowe and said having Weinstein drawing so much focus of the other team, makes everyone else on the team’s jobs easier.
“Playing with him is the best, ever,” Restrepo said. “Everyone from the other team is always just focused on him and it leaves me more space. When I get the ball outside, then they come to me and I just think about getting (Weinstein the ball) in the middle.”
Trumbull coach Sebastian Gangemi said Weinstein reminds him of striker Keith Bond from the 2011 team in his attacking mentality.
“Jason hasn’t got a goal in a few games and we are winning without him,” Gangemi said. “He creates space and we are penetrating that space. We have two or three other guys who can finish. If you give him an inch, he’ll bury it. There is no question about it. Right now, he is over-trying, maybe because he is trying to break the record but we have a whole season in front of us for him to do that.”
Weinstein takes the extra defenders and lack of space in stride, saying his goals are team-based not individual.
“I haven’t scored the past three games and, there are going to be games like that, but we are 3-0 in those games,” he said. “That shows we are more than just a one-man team which is what a lot of people have been saying. If we are going to get it done without me scoring, that’s awesome. Winning is better.”
“It helps the other guys a lot because if I’m getting doubled then one side is going to be completely open. If I get the ball and check back, play it off and they switch it out wide then one of the guys who double teams me shifts over and that can open me up, again. If they decide to have the guys just stick on me no matter what, it’s going to open up for people out wide and its just freedom for them in space.”
Weinstein will likely get the all-time scoring mantle to himself before too long but it is the prizes handed out in November he can share with his teammates he really craves.