U9 New Canaan Crusaders go four-for-four over weekend
The U9 New Canaan Crusaders ran the table over weekend at the annual Soccer Club of Ridgefield tournament, winning all four of their games.
In the opener Saturday morning, they defeated the Ridgefield Tigers. Noah Radecki got the Crusaders on the board early and Evan Beiles and Charles Brossy followed with first half scores while goalie Steven Panzano kept the Tigers in the cage, helped out in defense by sweeper Blake Whittaker. Casey Whittaker did the same at goal in the second half while Radecki netted two more to help the Crusaders walk away.
The Crusaders followed their morning triumph with an inspired effort against the Brookfield Rowdies on Saturday afternoon. Despite some acrobatics from Panzano in goal, the Rowdies amassed an early two-goal lead before an unassisted effort from Radecki put the Crusaders back in the game. Evan Beiles scored on a steal and a quick strike to put the Crusaders down only one at the half. Charles Brossy then entered as goalie in the second half and stoned the Rowdies, assisted on the defensive end by Peter Vigano and Colin Mennitt. The Crusaders began to apply relentless pressure on the Rowdies goal and a Beiles shot knotted the score. With time running out, the push resulted in a beautifully placed corner kick from Beiles that Radecki punched into the net for the lead. Christopher See goal on a rebound off the post from a Beiles shot sealed it for the Crusaders.
Defense ruled Sunday morning as the Crusaders downed the Ridgefield Bobcats. The relentless Crusader defense led by James Kontulis, Blake Whittaker, and Strider Bennett kept a clean sheet for the Crusaders, who faced only two shots all day. Brossy got the Crusaders on the board on another well-timed cross from Beiles and Beiles added another goal before the half to add to the Crusader lead. Radecki netted two goals in the second half to put the game away for the Crusaders.
Hoping to go home undefeated, the Crusaders wasted no time in their final tourney game against the Ridgefield Jaguars. Radecki opened the scoring less than a minute into the game and shocked the Jags with his second a minute later. The Jags pushed back hard and goalie Panzano made several acrobatic saves. Another Beiles assist resulted in a Brossy goal, and Brossy returned the favor, assisting on Radecki's third. The Crusaders netted a few more to pull away with unassisted goals by Radecki and Beiles. Ridgefield scored two goals, but goalie Casey Whittaker backed by Vigano and Bennett wouldn't let them get farther and the Crusaders returned from Ridgefield unbeaten.