Strong third quarter leads Wilton past Greenwich

With his team facing New Canaan, Greenwich  and Darien in three of its first four games of the season, Wilton coach John Wiseman knew he was going to learn a lot about his squad early.

So far, so good for the Warriors, as they beat New Canaan, 9-5, in its season-opener and Greenwich, 13-9, Saturday.

“It’s just like last year,” said Matt Kobyra of Wilton, who scored two goals on Saturday. “Last year we started off hot and hopefully, we’ll continue that this year. We want to keep getting better and better each day.”

There was a pretty large crowd at Saturday’s game, as Greenwich had its usual supporters and Wilton brought a strong following. After an even first quarter, Wilton gained some momentum in the second quarter and seized control of the game in the third. Here’s a few observations.

Excellent execution: Though aided by a few fluky goals, the Warriors looked sharp offensively. They moved off the ball well, utilized picks and screens and went back door for goals on the Cardinals several times. Cole Rance had three goals, while Chris Nugent, Kobyra and Sean Carroll each tallied twice for the Warriors.

“We had three garbage goals, but we did a good job of creating opportunities,” Wilton coach John Wiseman said. “We put 13 on the board, which is pretty good.”

Cardinals finding chemistry: Greenwich struggled against Ridgefield’s zone defense in its season-opening loss to the Tigers. But the Cardinals  produced a better offensive effort against Wilton, which played mostly man-to-man, but mixed in a little bit of a zone. Kyle Foote scored three times, while Alex Moeser and Kevin Davis tallied twice.

“Our decision making on our shooting can improve, but we showed we have some guys who can bring it,” GHS coach Scott Bulkley said. “I was happy to see the scoring distributed among a number of guys.”

Flourishing on faceoffs: Junior Ted Ottens sparked the Warriors’ 6-1 spurt in the third quarter, consistently winning the faceoffs. Ottens is considered one of the best faceoff men in the state.

Up next: Greenwich will look for its first win of the season Staples Tuesday at 4 p.m. Wilton will travel to Danbury on Tuesday.

Dave Fierro