The Weston boys soccer team has been building toward this for four seasons.
Now, players who started for the team as freshmen are part of an all-senior starting 11 for the Trojans.
Four of those seniors: Max Blank, David Tamburri, Sam Chicha and Tony Fontana comprise a backline which has only conceded one goal this season and that came on a penalty kick against Bethel.
Otherwise, the Weston defense has let up zero goals over five games, including a 1-0 win at rival Barlow Thursday.
The senior leadership along with a new assistant coach has made all the difference for the Trojans who sit atop the SWC and Class L standings at 5-0.
“I brought in a new assistant coach (Chris Myers) who is absolutely fantastic about discipline in the back, shape and communication,” Weston coach Kevin Fitzsimmons said. “He brought in a lot of new ideas and the boys took the time to adjust to it but now it is in play and a lot of credit to Chris for that.”
“This is the first time, in nine years as the coach, I have been able to play all seniors in the back and it makes a huge difference,” he said. “Of our 11 seniors, six started as freshmen for us. I knew coming in this year I had good players coming back. They have a lot of experience and I think a lot more confidence and a lot more knowledge.”
Weston was co-champions with East Catholic in Class M in 2005 and lost in the 1970 Class S final in its only two state final appearances. With a senior-dominated team, reaching the state final looks within reach this season.
LIGHTING IT UP
According to the Collinsville Press, the 18th annual doubleheader between the Ellington and Canton boys and girls soccer teams will be the first time both games are played under the new permanent lights at Canton High School.
On Saturday, Oct. 6, in between the 5 p.m. girls game and 7 p.m. boys game, there will be a ceremony marking the occasion and recognizing those responsible for bringing lights to the athletic complex.
The school will not be charging admission for the game.
The teams have been playing under lights since the doubleheaders began in 1999, but they have been temporary lights set up at Bowdoin Field and then removed.
Both the boys and girls will play a game each under the lights prior to the doubleheader with the girls taking on Somers Tuesday and the boys hosting Granby Friday.
Don’t look now but Xavier soccer is 6-0 for the first time since 2013 when the team reached the Class LL semifinals where it lost 2-1 to Ridgefield.
Among those early-season victories was a 1-0 decision over defending Class L champions and SCC powerhouse Hand. Xavier will travel to Hand Oct. 9 for the rematch.