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The New Canaan girls Red U12 soccer team, coached by Barry Beattie, had a wet and rainy game late Sunday afternoon, a 1-1 tie with the Stamford Hurricanes.
New Canaan’s Jessie Dolby sent several shots and net and goalie Kendall Patten made a few saves, Stamford had the only first half goal and led 1-0 at the break.
In the second half, New Canaan goalie Libby Tedford made several saves and defenders Joelle Anselmo, Sarah Spadaccini, Jessie Eccleston, Lucy Coutts and Lauren Sampson were strong on defense.
New Canaan’s Lauren Bisceglia and Ryann Mushkin also put several shots on net. Midfielders Katelyn Sparks, Lucy Coutts, Kayla Beck and KK Marcus were instrumental in moving the ball up the field to India Otero and Claire Ross.
New Canaan finally drew even when Kendall Patten crossed the ball to Bridget Salmini, and Salmini got it past the goalie to tie it up at 1-1.
With the tie, New Canaan remained in first place in the SW district CT junior soccer association league.
The U13 New Canaan girls Black soccer team was shutout by Wilton 3-0, amidst a steady but light rain on Saturday. With the defeat, New Canaan is 2-2 on the season.
It was an even match until midway through the first half, when Nicole Weiss left with an apparent knee injury. Afterwards, Wilton had the possession edge, but the game remained scoreless into the break.
Weiss’s absence and the lack of substitutes caught up with New Canaan, and Wilton scored their three goals within a 10-minute span just beyond the midpoint of the second half.
New Canaan showed some good offensive runs but never got close enough to mount a serious threat.
In the final five minutes, New Canaan had several quality scoring opportunities in its bid to avoid the shutout.
Chloe McAuliffe on offense and Nichole Labadie and Eliza Farley on defense put in strong efforts in the losing cause.
On Mother’s Day Sunday, the New Canaan U12 girls Black soccer team notched a 2-0 shutout over the Bridgeport Rebels.
During the first half, New Canaan applied pressure with some aggressive play by Jessie Svagdis, Lauren Canet, Erin Corbett and Natasha Tchir, along with skillful control from Kelly Barker, Katie Miller, Caitlin Lefferts and Cait McCarthy.
New Canaan’s ability to control the ball paid off when a well-placed pass from Kaitlyn Moussignac was picked up by Ella Goodman, who booted the first goal. Great defensive play from Meghan Kloud, Nora Belodeau, Kacy Haydu and Kaleigh McCarthy provided steady protection to goalie Jessie Boolukos and allowed the team to close the first half with a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, New Canaan goalie Erin Corbett saw more action and successfully blocked several Bridgeport scoring attempts.
The New Canaan offense regained the upper hand with strong play from Karlijn van der Loo and effective throw-ins from Lauren Canet. New Canaan also had some strategic headers from Goodman and Moussignac.
A perfectly positioned pass from Natasha Tchir resulted in a breakaway by Moussignac, who beat the Bridgeport goalie to bring the score to 2-0.
Throughout the rest of the game, the momentum remained firmly with New Canaan until the final whistle.
The New Canaan U11 girls Red soccer team faced Ridgefield Orange on its home turf in New Canaan and came away with a 3-1 win on Sunday.
In the first half, New Canaan received strong defensive play from Phoebe Kurth, Maddie Otero and Caroline Wilson.
Goalkeeper Katie Dunn of New Canaan made several saves. New Canaan’s Lizzy Kuchinski scored the first goal of the game after receiving a left cross from Michelle Labadie that snuck under the Ridgefield’s goalie’s hands.
In another offensive drive by New Canaan, Jane Charlton and Michelle Labadie each had shots on goal but both tries went wide by just a few inches. Ridgefield Orange soon responded with its first goal, tying the score 1-1.
In the second half, Michelle Labadie took over as New Canaan’s goalkeeper. Katherine Lisecky and Jane Charlton both attempted shots but did not score.
New Canaan’s Maddie Otero scored on a pass from Katherine Lisecky, bringing the score to 2-1. New Canaan’s Jane Charlton scored the final goal on a breakaway less than one minute from the whistle for the 3-1 win.
The New Canaan U14 boys soccer team played its strongest game of the season, defeating Westport 5-3 at Wakeman Park in Westport on Saturday.
In the first half, forward Sam Rhodes scored the first of his four goals on a sharp pass from Wyatt Spangler. Center defender Teddy Greenspon distributed the ball effectively to his teammates, and forward Mike Nikolla had some nice runs up the field.
Rhodes scored his second goal on a strong run into the Westport penalty area, and the half ended 2-2.
The New Canaan midfield took over in the second half, as Jake Neuberger and Johnny Frey were standouts, with Neuberger scoring a goal. Forward Rhodes then added two more goals to help New Canaan get the win.
Darien YMCA gymnasts continued their successful season at the YMCA Northeast Regional Championship meet May 3-5 in Kents Hill, ME.
Competing against more than 20 teams from throughout the region, the combined house and travel team gymnasts captured the 1st place team trophies for Levels 6 and 8, and Prep Op Platinum and took 3rd in Level 4 and 4th in Level 5.
Individual gymnasts winning all-around titles for their age group and level were Holly McGoldrick and Skye Greene in Level 4, Natalie Parker in Level 5, Gianna Cardini, Quin Wolters and Aisling Brock in Level 6, Nicole Carlo in Level 7, Adnerys DeJesus in Level 9 and Ellie Lufkin in Prep Op Platinum.
In recognition of the championship level of the competitors, awards were given only to 6th place in each age group.
In the Level 4 age 7 group, Wells Fischer placed 2nd on vault, 3rd on beam and 5th on floor and all-around (AA). Addie Hewitt was 3rd on bars and 6th on vault and AA. Melina Cardini was 4th on vault.
In the 8A group, Kate Wolters won the beam title with a 9.45 and was 5th on vault. Megan Mitchell was 5th on beam. In group 8B, Tori Ware was 3rd on beam and 6th AA. Dillan Aysseh won the group 9A beam title with a 9.55 and was 6th AA. Lindsay Hall earned 6th on beam while Lizzie Canelli took 3rd on vault. In group 9B, Holly McGoldrick won the AA with a score of 36.9 along with the beam and floor titles. Skye Greene placed 2nd on beam, 3rd on floor, 5th on bars and 6th on vault on the way to winning the 9C AA title with a 37.325.
Charlotte Frank placed 2nd AA in the same group, took 4th on beam and won the bars and floor titles with 9.650 and 9.625, respectively. Lindsey Wallach placed 3rd on vault and AA, 2nd on floor and 5th on beam in the age 12 group. Also contributing to the Level 4 team’s success were Sommer Schmidt, Maisie Stewart, Megan Cutler, Maggie Russell, Kate Reeves and Katharine Glassmeyer.
In the Level 5 9A group, Natalie Parker was the AA champion with a score of 36.375, and also won the floor title, placed 2nd on vault and beam and 3rd on bars. Christina Pizzani was 2nd on bars, 4th on beam, 5th on floor and 3rd AA.
In group 10A, Lana Schmidt was 3rd on floor, 4th on beam and 5th on bars and AA. Tess Keating placed 4th on bars. Montana Osinski won the bars title for group 10B with a 9.050 and placed 4th on vault and 3rd on floor and AA. Stella Kamensky placed 5th on bars. Dorothy Browning won the floor title with a 9.2 and placed 5th on bars and 2nd on beam and AA in Group 11B.
In the age 12 group, Jane Ogden placed 2nd on vault, beam and floor and 3rd AA. Also contributing to the success of the Level 5 team were Meghan Sisk, Alexa Carrero, Emma Koerner, Kerry McDermott, Lily Fairleigh and Carson Halabi.
For the Regional Champion Level 6 team, Juliana Jordao placed 4th on beam in the age 8-10 group. In the age 11 group, Gianna Cardini collected the beam and floor titles along with scoring 35.975 to win the AA and took 3rd on vault and 5th on bars. Lucy Holzinger earned 2nd on beam, while Kaitlyn Moussignac was 4th on bars and 5th on vault. While winning the age 12 AA title with a 35.5, Quin Wolters also placed 2nd on vault and bars and 4th on beam. Elena Savas won the bars title with a 9.175, placed 2nd on floor, 6th on vault and tied for 5th AA with Alexandra Nason, who also placed 2nd on beam, 6th on bars and 5th on floor.
Isabel Hansen won the beam and floor titles with scores of 9.175 and 8.8, respectively, and placed 5th on vault and 6th AA. Toni Cardini won the floor title in the age 13 group with 8.925, took 6th on vault and 2nd on all other events and AA. Laura Germishuys earned 4th on both vault and floor and 6th on bars. Lydia Groves placed 6th on floor. Aisling Brock collected the age 14 and up AA title with a 35.55 along with the beam and floor titles and placed 4th on bars and 5th on vault. Fiona Brock was 2nd on vault and beam, 3rd on bars and 5th AA. Also contributing to the Level 6 team’s success were Emma Hunter, Wren Stewart and Nathalie Bravo.
The Darien Level 7s were led by Nicole Carlo, who won the AA with a score of 36.650 along with the beam title and placed 4th on floor and 2nd on vault and bars in the age 10-11 group.
In the age 12 group, Kelsey Fedorko won the beam title with a 9.5 and earned 2nd on bars before she was unfortunately injured and unable to continue competing. Charlotte Henry also put in strong performance in the 14-year-old group.
For the Regional Champion Level 8 team, Kellie Arevalo was the bars champion for the age 11-13 group with a 9.05, placed 2nd AA and 6th on vault and beam. In the age 14-15 group, Perri Mirabile won the vault and floor titles with scores of 9.0 and 9.35 and placed 3rd on beam and AA. Samantha Karpenos won the bars title with a 9.1, earned 2nd on vault and 5th AA. Christina Brandt won the vault title for the 16 and up age group with an 8.6 and placed 2nd on floor and 5th AA.
Once again the sole competitor for Darien at Level 9, Adnerys DeJesus, continued to dazzle, winning 1st place on all events and scoring an impressive 35.225 AA and a 9.4 on beam.
The Regional Champion Prep-Op Platinum team was led by Ellie Lufkin, who won the AA for the 14-15 age group with a score of 34.87 as well as the bars and floor titles and placed 2nd on vault and 3rd on beam.
In the 16-and-up age group, Kajsa Lundeen was 2nd on vault, 4th on bars, 3rd on beam and AA and 6th on floor. Marya Von Schmidt was 2nd on bars and floor and 4th AA. Caroline Congdon won the beam title with a 9.5 and placed 3rd on bars and 6th AA.
The New Canaan U12 girls Black soccer team defended its home turf with a 5-0 shutout of Fairfield Blue on Sunday.
New Canaan got goals from Katie Miller, Natasha Tchir, Kelly Barker, Jessica Boolukus and Erin Corbett.
New Canaan goalies Kelly Barker and Julia Tamburro combined for the shutout. Also contributing to the shutout were New Canaan defenders Meghan Kloud, Cait McCarthy and Karlijn van der Loo, who demonstrated great ball skills.
Lauren Canet, Ella Goodman, Cait McCarthy and Natasha Tchir controlled the ball at midfield. In the forward positions, Kaitlyn Moussignac, Caitlin Lefferts and Jessica Svagdis all helped set up the goals for the win.