WEST HAVEN – It has been a season of mixed results for the Wilbur Cross boys soccer team. For Notre Dame-West Haven, the results have been basically the same.
Tuesday’s result was a good one for Cross. The Governors scored three unanswered goals on its way to a 3-1 victory over the Green Knights in a Southern Connecticut Conference Housatonic Division contest at Veterans Stadium.
Joshua Munoz-Olivares led Cross with a goal and an assist as the Governors controlled play and had 15 shots in the contest.
“We are just trying to get going,” Cross coach Edgar Miller said. “I have been doing the coaching for both the J.V. (junior varsity) and Varsity teams this year. I think that may have contributed to it. We got a J.V. coach, so now I am going to be able to spend more time with this group.”
The victory helped snap a two-game winless streak for the Governors and helped the team improve to 4-5-1 on the year.
“We have had five losses and three have been by one goal,” Miller said. “Overall, we have not been too bad. We have the potential to be better. I am looking forward to the second half of the season. ”
The Green Knights (0-10-1) got on the scoreboard first when Matthew Consorte broke free and took a nice pass from Thomas Ellis to give Notre Dame a 1-0 lead 3 minutes into the contest.
But that was all the offensive highlights for the Green Knights.
“We are a young and inexperienced team,” first-year Notre Dame coach Chris Ciuca said. “We are working hard. We want to go out there and compete against whoever we play. Our main goal is to keep building up. We have freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, and two seniors on the field against nine or 10 seniors. It’s a lot different game for the younger kids.”
Cross, which dominated play after the Notre Dame goal, evened the contest with 23:29 left in the first half when Munoz-Olivares picked up a free ball from Noah Lee, used a great individual effort to knock the ball off the post, then in to even the game.
“It would have been nice to go up two goals,” Ciuca said. “We get another one and maybe it’s a different story. I just think we are a little inexperienced right now. It is a different game from freshman to junior.”
The Governors took a 2-1 advantage with 18:46 to go in the half as a perfect give and go with Lorenzo Lauria and Munoz-Olivares resulted in Lauria going top shelf to take a lead Cross never relinquished.
Cross added another goal 4:32 into the second half as Hugo Muegge picked up a free ball in front and found the back of the goal.
For Miller, the difference in the game was the return of junior midfielder Roger Baldwin. The return of Baldwin, who is a two-year starter, helped solidify the group on the field.
“We missed him,” Miller said. “The others work well together. Him being back helps free up others. For us, we needed that adversity to start the year. It is good to pull through it.”
The Green Knights finished with seven shots in the game.
Player of the Game
Joshua Munoz-Olivares – Cross sophomore had one goal and one assist in the win.
“I felt good after the first half. Not only did we have the two goals, but we had chances that we missed. We were getting the chances.”
-Cross coach Edgar Miller
Wilbur Cross 3, Notre Dame-West Haven 1
|Wilbur Cross (3-5-0)||2||1||—||3|
|Notre Dame-West Haven (0-8-0)||1||0||—||1|
Goals: Notre Dame-West Haven: Matt Consorte (from Thomas Ellis), 37:00.Wilbur Cross: Josh Munoz (from Noah Lee), 23:29. Wilbur Cross: Lorenzo Lauria (from Josh Munoz), 18:46. Wilbur Cross: Hugo Muegge, 35:28.
Shots: Wilbur Cross 15, Notre Dame-West Haven 7