Senior standout Jason Weinstein scored five goals and added an assist as the Trumbull High boys soccer team defeated Ridgefield, 6-2, on Friday afternoon in Trumbull.
Tristan Brandt scored both goals for the Tigers, helping the visitors slice a 3-0 hole to 3-2 at the half, but Ridgefield couldn’t get over the hump. Brandt’s second tally came off a scramble following a long free kick.
Ridgefield keepers Ray Dearth, Ryan Sheafe, and Robert Buthorn combined to make eight saves, including a diving stop by Sheafe in the second half.
“We had two chances in the first 10 minutes which we didn’t execute on. If you don’t finish balls you don’t win games,” said Ridgefield head coach Phil Bergen, whose team is now 2-1-0. “We have a lot of potential. Hopefully this game will be a catalyst for our improvement.”
Trumbull (2-0-1) threatened to add to its 3-2 lead early in the second half, but strong defensive plays from Andrew Masciotti and a slide tackle by Cole Blackwell helped Ridgefield keep it a one-goal game for 16-plus minutes.
The Eagles kept pressuring, though, and scored twice in a span of three minutes midway though the second half to take a 5-2 lead.
Ridgefield managed to work the ball deep into Trumbull’s back third with give-and-go passing by Brant and Tim Vanni, but the Eagles didn’t allow many second-half shots on target.
“Our philosophy is to play with possession with intent to go deep,” said Bergen, adding that the Tigers held the ball too long, resulting in possession changes in midfield.
“We controlled the midfield and tackled hard in the back,” said Trumbull head coach Sebastian Gangemi.
“We’ll come back and hopefully do well,” said Bergen. “I’m confident we’ll do better. The season’s early.”