WALLINGFORD – The TWIST youth soccer tournament concluded on Monday with their championship matches at Choate Rosemary Hall. Two area teams were victorious and crowned champions of their age group. The U14 Wallingford girl’s defeated WSA Force Schmitt of Warwick, Rhode Island, 3-1. The Meriden U13 girls dominated Thomaston, 3-0.
“The tournament went very well,” TWIST tournament directior Dave Rodriguez said. “We had some rough weather on Saturday night to cancel the last games but didn’t really affect the outcome. A lot of happy faces in the trophy tent once again this year and a lot of competitive games.”
Wallingford’s match was fairly even throughout the first half. Amy Casorla got Wallingford on the board early, capitalizing on a penalty kick to score a goal. WSA responded in short order with a chip shot goal to tie the game from Dasani Stewart. Wallingford’s Shelby Green scored a goal of her own right before the end of the first half to put Wallingford up 2-1.
The second half featured both teams getting opportunities on the other’s net. The goalie plays on both sides negated most of the shots from going in. The only goal scored in the second half came from Green, her second of the game, to put the game out of reach.
“This is a great experience for me and the girls. This is the first time they’ve won the TWIST tournament, they’ve been together since they were in U8 and U9. This is the first time they did it, they’ve stuck together and become a very good team. I’m proud of each one of them, it’s been a great experience, “said Wallingford 14U head coach Steve Platt.
WSA coach Rob Schmitt is a Wallingford native. As a kid Schmitt played in TWIST and brings his team from Rhode Island to play here because of the fond memories he had.
“I played in the third-ever TWIST tournament and played all the way through high school,” Schmitt said. “I’ve received a scholarship from them too and that’s why our team comes back every other year. Soccer’s been my life ever since I was a kid, going to Providence College and playing for them so it’s been awesome. If I’m going to lose to any team I’d want it to be Wallingford soccer.”
In the Meriden vs. Thomaston matchup, Meriden controlled the ball for the majority of the game. For the amount of time that Meriden had the ball in their territory, Thomaston’s goal tender did an excellent job in terms of damage control. Meriden struck once in the first half off the foot of Molly Marcuss. Marcuss dribbled the ball close to the net, drawing the Thomaston goal tender out, and then kicked it past her and into the net for the first goal of the game.
Thomaston was still very much in the game, only trailing 1-0 heading into the second half. They just couldn’t get anything going on offense as Meriden controlled the ball throughout the second half as well. Meriden’s offense became overwhelming for Thomaston, as Kate Donlan scored a goal in traffic to give Meriden a 2-0 lead. Ava Perez tacked on another goal, as Meriden went on to finish their championship run off in convincing fashion.
“This feels great,” Meriden coach John Figlewski said. “We had a great bunch of girls this year and this is a great tournament. Everyone played together and had a lot of smiles. This turned out very well.”
On a side note, the Wallingford U8 boys also played on Monday but were defeated in the championship matchup. The U19 Wallingford boys and girls also both won their championship matchups on Sunday night.
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