Boys soccer: Trojans answer in second half

Weston High’s Ian Finn is tripped up by a pair of Bethel defenders during a boys varsity soccer game on Saturday, Sept. 22. Weston lost 2-0 but defeated Seymour 3-1 two days earlier.—Rocco Paul Valluzzo photo

Persistence eventually paid off for the Weston High boys varsity soccer team when it hosted Seymour last week.

Despite a number of scoring opportunities the Trojans were turned away early in the first half on Tuesday, Sept. 18. When they did score the lead did not last long.

It was only a temporary setback, however, as Weston came through later on for a hard-fought 3-1 win against a non-league opponent.

In the first half, after some very close calls and key saves from the Seymour goalie, Weston senior Josh Karpen booted in the first goal of the game, assisted by classmate Rein Diaz as the Trojans led 1-0. Even with some tight defense on Weston’s part the Wildcats would not be denied.

Two minutes later Seymour’s Nick Kuzya came off a breakaway, beat the last defender, and finished by putting the ball in the net and it was a whole new game.

With a lot of time left Weston was  looking to get one more goal before the half. It kept pushing the ball forward, taking multiple shots but missing the mark.

That changed when freshman Jordan Ellis put it in the back of the net with 13 minutes left in the half with Ian Finn assisting. Such would hold up until the break due to tight defense on both ends of the field.

Right from the beginning of the half, Weston’s defense went into overdrive, showing off its speed and agility. By beating their opponent to every ball, and it seemed like the Trojans wanted it more than the tired Wildcats.

Weston’s offense was not done yet and with eight minutes left it sealed the win when Bryan Lonergan scored the third goal as Finn picked up his second assist.

The Trojans had a 28-6 advantage in shots. Ryan Major made one save in goal for the hosts.

Following a 2-0 loss at Bethel on Saturday, the Trojans regrouped when Stratford came to visit on Monday. Once again they had the better of play, winning 2-0.

Weston had to wait a bit to score but netted both goals in the span of a couple of minutes. Lonergan got the first, coming 31 minutes into the first half with Max Singer getting the assist.

Two minutes later Karpen added some insurance. This time Lonergan assisted as Weston made the lead stand up the rest of the way.

It finished with 16 shots to Stratford’s six. Major made four saves in goal for his second shutout of the season.

Now 3-2-1, Weston visits Newtown today (Thursday) at 4 p.m. at Treadwell Park, hosts Masuk on Saturday at noon and goes to Notre Dame on Monday at 4:30.

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