Season recap: Boys’ soccer falls short

Photo courtesy of The Stamford Advocate's Matthew Brown // Matt Dziemian ('17), Tomas Pinto-Leite ('16), and Frankie Dente ('17) fend off Darien players during the October 14 game. Darien defeated Westhill 3-2.

For the Westhill varsity boys soccer team, this season was anything but sweet. By the midway point of this year’s effort, they had collected two wins, five losses, and a tie. A season that seemed to be manageable at the time began to slip out of hand as a game against cross town rivals Stamford High loomed. The two wins collected in the first half of the season turned out to be the only two that the team could celebrate as they finished with a record of two wins, eleven losses, and 3 ties. While their record isn’t eye candy to look at, the team was close in every game and led at some point in most.

Unfortunately the team was unable to qualify for the FCIAC or state tournaments, however they were technically still in the running for city champs as they defeated Trinity Catholic 5-0 and tied with Stamford High 2-2. All of the teams only met once, so with Westhill winning one matchup and tying the other, city champs won’t be decided until next year when the teams will get another go. Over all, despite the teams losing record it was well fought and a fun to watch season for the boys leaving them with a lot to look back on and improve for next year.

Junior Adam Zacharewicz was the varsity team’s starting goalie and will be returning to play next year.”We had a pretty disappointing season, we were coming off of a good winning season from last year, so our hopes were high,” Zacharewicz said.

He believes that the team just couldn’t pull off the wins even we the team really deserved it. “All in all I thought we had a great team that didn’t deserve a record of 2-11-3,” Zacharewicz said. Next year the team will lose twelve seniors but will have a returning class of seventeen juniors from both the junior varsity and varsity levels. The team saw some looks of underclassmen stepping up at the varsity level and will be returning next year as well.

Despite an unsuccessful season for the boys, hopes are rising once again as Westhill gains trust in its new young faces.

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