What turned out to be an easy victory was also a good opportunity of sorts for the Weston High girls varsity soccer team in its game against Kolbe-Cathedral.
By getting a comfortable lead early, the Trojans took advantage of the situation to give their underclassmen, including freshmen, some varsity time. All 22 players saw action in a 11-0 win at Seaside Park in Bridgeport on Thursday, Sept. 20.
It was the most lopsided win for Weston in recent years.
After only 15 minutes of play the Trojans led Kolbe, a second-year varsity program. From that point on the visitors had their starting players on the bench.
However, the Trojans kept up the intensity, scoring seven more times.
“It just goes to show how deep our bench is,” said head coach Gustavo Reaes. “They came in and kept the level up. They were passing the ball well.”
Eight players scored for Weston. Charlotte Cenatiempo, Audrey Dannenbaum and Caitlin Campbell all scored twice. Alexa Werner, Haley Singer, Alex Alwang, Emma Halper and Andi Rosenblatt all netted one goal apiece.
Goalies Ursula Alwang and Emma Halper combined for the shutout and had to make no saves.
Reaes praised the play of Kolbe goalie Karla Grajeda, who made 14 saves.
Visiting Bethel two days later, the Trojans played better in the second half. It was then that they scored three times to secure a 4-1 win.
Although the Trojans were off to a good start with a 1-0 lead courtesy of a goal by Werner the Wildcats answered before halftime. Alicia Alves found the net for her team and it was a 1-1 game.
Recalling a close 3-2 loss to Bethel last season, Reaes noted how his senior players talked to their teammates about what needed to be done in the second half. They soon put it into action.
Also scoring for Weston were Dannenbaum, Sydney Allon and Morgan Moubayed. Alwang made three saves in goal.
On Monday Weston found Stratford to be a much-improved opponent since last season. The Red Devils held the Trojans two just a pair of goals but those were enough for a 2-0 at Wooster Middle School.
Dannenbaum and Cenatiempo each scored for Weston. Grace Mattison had an assist.
Alwang made four saves in goal for the shutout.
Now 4-0-1, Weston is one of four unbeaten teams left in the South-West Conference. Two others are Newtown and Masuk. It hosts the former today (Thursday) at 6:45 p.m. and visits the latter on Saturday at noon.