Sep 262014

IMG_0133Opinion, as I have said before I shoot photos of sports, but don’t take notes during the games and if the coaches don’t send a recap after the game, I have nothing to write about.

I did report on last week’s Football game and the Swim Meet.

Here are the results of last week’s games from which I received no details.

Boys Soccer vs Lyman Hall on Sept. 19, Tie 1-1

Girls Soccer vs Sheehan on Sept. 19, Win 4-0

Girls Volleyball vs Woodland, on Sept. 22, Win 3-1 IMG_0534

Boys Cross Country on Sept. 23, (low score wins) Amity 15, Lyman Hall 50 – Win; Amity 15, Guilford 48 – Win; Amity 15 Hillhouse 50 – Win

Girls Cross Country on Sept. 23: Amity 15, Lyman Hall 48 – Win; Amity 23, Guilford 35 – Win; Amity 15, Hillhouse 50 – Win

Boys Soccer vs Cheshire on Sept. 23, Loss 4-5

Field Hockey vs Cheshire on Sept. 23, Loss 1-2

Girls Soccer vs Sacred Heart Academy on Sept. 23, Loss 1-4

Girls Volleyball vs Lyman Hall on Sept. 23, Win 3-2

Oct 222013

IMG_3059Amity hosted Notre Dame-West Haven for an SCC interdivisional game on Monday, Oct. 21.

Amity’s Evan Donahue (19), assisted by junior Jeremy Conn (5) scored for the Spartans at 4:46 in the second half.

Nick Fratarcangeli scored for Notre Dame at :37, tying the game in this qualifying game for the Class LL State Tournament.

Amity outshot Notre Dame 16-6

Notre Dame goalkeeper Zack Balabon made 10 saves; Griffin Volta made 5 saves for the Spartans.

Records: Amity 9-2-4 (5-1-2); Notre Dame 4-6-5 (1-4-3)

Oct. 21 was the soccer team’s Senior Day.11 great seniors were honored, they are: Captain Griffin Volta (1), Yani Lagoutis (2), Captain Justyn Broderick (4),  Joseph Babbitt (6), Carl Goldblatt (7), Paul Yoo (13), Daniel Hecht (14), Aaron Cooper (15), Jeffrey Curtin (17), Ajay King (18), Evan Donahue (19).

Oct 092013

Amity Captain Justyn Broderick flies in for a kick.  (submitted photo)

Amity Captain Justyn Broderick flies in for a kick. (submitted photo)

There was plenty of action in Woodbridge Tuesday afternoon when Amity hosted Cheshire in an SCC Housatonic Division matchup.

Amity Captain Dean Schwartz (10) scored a penalty kick at 18:59 in the first half and that was all the Spartans needed to win this game.

Amity outshot Cheshire 14-10.

Amity Goalkeeper Griffin Volta saved 11 shots for the Spartans; Cheshire’s Matt Skydel made 9 saves for the Rams.

Records: Cheshire 2-7-1 (1-4 SCC Housatonic); Amity 8-0-2 (4-0-1)


Oct 012013

boys soccerThere were no winners and no losers in the Sept. 27 SCC Housatonic Division Boys Soccer match at Woodbridge.

In the first half Lyman Hall’s Ryan Woolley, assisted by Gardiner Schroeder, scored at 38:22.

Lyman came on strong in the second half as well with Schroeder and Antonio Jandreau (assisted by Alex Burr) each scoring for the Trojans. Still, Amity jumped in and Dean Schwartz, Justyn Broderick (Simone Kanter assist) and Evan Donahue (Matt Whitehill) each scored for the Spartans, tying up the score and securing their unbeaten record in the SCC Housy.

Lyman outshot Amtiy 13-11

Amity Goal keeper Griffin Volta made 8 saves for the Spartans; Lyman’s Justin Donath made 5 for the Trojans.

Records: Lyman Hall 4-2-1 (1-2-1 SCC Housatonic); Amity 5-0-2 (3-0-1)

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Sep 232013

IMG_1216Varsity Sports: The following games are taking place today (Monday, Sept. 23)

The Lady Spartans Varsity Soccer team will host Hamden on Field 3 today at 3:45 p.m.

The Varsity Girls’ Volleyball team will host Shelton in the gym at 5:15 p.m.

The Varsity Boys Soccer Team plays away at Foran High School on the turf field in Milford at 6:30 p.m.

Turf Field Referendum Reminder:

Remember the Amity Referendum to vote on the proposed Turf Field at Amity High School is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at High Plains Community Center. 

Sep 142013

Amity Junior Natan Busel makes his way across the field.

Amity Junior Natan Busel makes his way across the field.

The Amity Spartans Boys Soccer Team ran over Wilbur Cross in Woodbridge Thursday 4-1.

Amity Captain Justyn Broderick (4), assisted by Jeremy Conn (5) quickly scored the first goal of the game at 1:07 in the first half.

Wilbur Cross’s Chris Crespo tied the score at 28:22.

The second half saw a lot of action with Amity taking the lead and never letting go of it.

Scoring for Amity were: Broderick, assisted by captain Dean Schwartz (10); then Schwartz bringing in an unassisted goal; and Conn, with an assist by Broderick.

Amity outshot Wilbur Cross 14-7.

Wilbur Cross goalie Chris Casas made 8 saves to Amity’s Griffin Volta’s 7.

Records: Amity 2-0, Wilbur Cross 0-1-1



Sep 112013

Amity vs Career/Hillhouse on Sept. 10. (submitted photo)

Amity vs Career/Hillhouse on Sept. 10. (submitted photo)

Amity’s Dean Schwartz, a junior, scored 3 of the 5 goals in the season opener against Career/Hillhouse at Amity on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

During the first half Schwartz was the sole point-maker of the game.

The second half brought two goals by senior Justyn Broderick and two more by Schwartz, 1 assisted by Broderick.

Career made 7 shots to Amity’s 27.

Career Goal tender Mike Cardenas made 9 saves; Amity’s Griffin Volta made 5 saves.

Amity’s 2013 record is  1-0

Amity had all the right moves in their winning season opener on Sept. 10.

Amity had all the right moves in their winning season opener on Sept. 10.

The 2013 Amity Boys Varsity Soccer Roster

The 2013 Amity Boys Varsity Soccer Roster


Nov 172012


a file photo from the 2012 season


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Despite outshooting Greenwich 15-10, the Amity boys soccer team was defeated by the Cardinals 3-1 Wednesday afternoon in Woodbridge. With the loss to the 7th-ranked Cardinals in the quarter-finals of the CIAC Class LL state tournament, the Spartans end their season with a 16-3-2 record.

In a recent “Facebook” comment, Coach Mike Marchitto said, “This is the greatest group of boys I ever had. I will miss them. I’m so proud how they came together, played the game beautifully, and became the best team Amity ever had.”

The Cardinals’ Pieter Zenner broke up the scoreless standoff when he scored the game’s first goal with 36 minutes, 10 seconds gone in the first half.

According to Marchitto, “Their guy (Zenner) beat Griffin  (Volta, the Amity goalie) one-on-one. It was a good goal.”

 Zenner added a second goal at 64:08 as he moved across the crease from the left and tucked the ball just inside the far post. Mateo Gowland added a third insurance score at 67:17. Ian O’Brien-Cannon spoiled the shutout bid of Greenwich goalie Emmett Clarke when he headed in Jeremy Conn’s corner kick at 71:30.

Marchitto added, “Greenwich beat us but they aren’t better than us. We outshot them, out possessed them, and outplayed them. The only thing we didn’t do was outscore them. We did everything we had to do except put the ball into the net. We made three defensive mistakes and each one cost us. Offensively, we hit the (goal) post three times. On top of all that, their goalie (Clarke) made a save he’ll never make again for the rest of his life.We took a shot that was headed for the upper left corner of the net, but he laid out horizontally threw his hand up and flicked the ball away. It was an unbelievable save and he made another good save later in the game. Everyone knows we played well. The effort was there but we just didn’t score on the opportunities we had. I’d say we controlled the ball for 60 of the match’s 80 minutes.”

The loss to Greenwich is the final game that 10 seniors will play for Amity. Among the seniors who depart are the team’s top scorers, Joe Guerra and O’Brian-Cannon. On the other hand, Dean Schwartz, Conn, Volta, and Justyn Broderick are among the underclassmen that will return in 2013.

“We will reload—not rebuild,” said Marchitto. “We have a great young sophomore class along with a good mix of returning juniors. They all saw a lot of action this year. I think we’ll have another great team next year.”

Oct 302012


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Getting off on the right foot with Joey Guerra’s goal at 24 seconds of the first half, the second-seeded Amity boys soccer team defeated seventh-seeded Sheehan 4-1 Sunday afternoon in the quarter-finals of the Southern Connecticut Conference Play-off Tournament.  The victory improves Amity’s record to 14-1-2, which is the best record and most wins in a season during Mike Marchitto’s 11 year tenure as head coach of the Spartans.

According to Marchitto, “Sean Beaulieu fed Joey a through ball that he got at the top of the 18 yard line and quickly finished.”

Amity made it 2-0 when Jon Sutton passed the ball to Beaulieu, who proceeded to beat the Titan defender at the end line and then brought the ball out to 6-yardlix box and sent it home at 2:42.

The score remained 2-0 until the Titans’ Jose Estrada scored at 50:49 and ruined goal tender Griffin Volta’s bid for a shutout. That 2-1 tally was short-lived as Justyn Broderick found the net at 64:04 and then  launched a 20 yard jaunt with the ball, beat three Sheehan defenders, and fed a perfectly placed cross to Simone Kantor, who drilled it  home at 75:10.

“It was one of the prettiest goals I’ve seen this season, Marchitto said.

Amity outshot the Titans 11-9 and Volta recorded eight saves.

Marchitto added, “We played a spectacular game today—one of our best this season. This time, we worked together, played defense together, and finished most of our scoring opportunities.”

On Thursday, Amity is scheduled to host the winner of Wednesday’s quarter-final contest between Guilford and Branford.

Last week the Spartans concluded their regular SCC season by hammering both West Haven (7-0) and Career (5-1). Guerra recorded a three-goal hat trick and added an assist against the Westies. Ian O’Brien-Cannon added a pair of scores and an assist. Sutton and Jeremy Conn each put a ball into the net for the winners, who outshot West Haven 12-6. Volta recorded six saves.

“We got off to a slow start. Our first goal wasn’t scored until 30:46. Then, we scored two more goals in a minute, 20 second span to take a 3-0 halftime lead. We really got going in the second half with four more goals,” Marchitto said. “All in all, it was a good team effort.”

Dean Schwartz’s unassisted goal at 2:46 was the only goal in the first half of the contest against Career.  Once again the Spartans got off to a slow start but then came alive to add four scores in the second half. Those goals were drilled home by Austin Duffy (at 42:00), Guerra (at 50:49), Schwartz (from Guerra at 57:21) and Yani Lagoutis, who came off the bench to add the final goal at 63:14.

The Panthers’ lone goal was scored by Saad Hashiem at 67:36.

Marchitto added, “Once again, we got off to a slow start. We spent too much of the first half playing keep away at midfield and going nowhere. Finally, we got more creative and went on the attack in the second half.”

The Spartans held a 15-6 edge in shots. Volta made two first half saves and Jeff Curtin had three second hand stops. 

Oct 222012


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With last week’s Southern Connecticut Conference—Housatonic Division wins over Sheehan (2-0) and Lyman Hall  (2-0)  along with  a 3-3 tie with Cheshire, the Amity boys soccer  team heads into the final week of the regular season sporting an overall record  of 11-1-2 (5-1-2 against Housy opponents).

Coach Mike Marchitto claimed that playing on the Trojans’ rocky, small dirt field made it tough for the Spartans to play their fast-paced style of game. Sean Beaulieu recorded the only goal of the first half against Lyman Hall. His goal was accidentally sending it right at Beaulieu, who was breaking toward the net and he booted it home with 27 minutes, 42 seconds gone in the first half.

He added, “Lyman Hall is a tough team and playing them on their field makes things very difficult. It’s very hard to move the ball quickly as we like to do and it took us a while to adjust to the field, but in the end I thought we did a nice job.”

The score remained 1-0 until Ian O’Brien-Cannon headed in Jeremy Conn’s corner kick at 47:54.

“Ian is a beast when the ball is in the air,” Marchitto added.

Amity outshot the Trojans 11-7 and goalie Griffin Volta made seven saves.

The loss dropped the Trojans’ record to 4-6-1.

The Spartans battle with Cheshire was a see-saw affair. The Rams’ Matt Mueller opened the scoring when he beat Volta with 10 minutes gone in the game. That 1-0 lead was erased when Conn crossed the ball from left to right and Dean Schwartz sent it home at 15:30. With the game tied at 1-1, Schwartz set up Guerra with a perfect feed and he scored at 24:40 to give Amity a 2-1 lead. Muller’s goal at 36:28 evened the tally at 2-2.

Cheshire’s Nick Berardi put the Rams back on top at 58:10 but Justyn Broderick matched that score when he drilled a pass from Guerra into the right corner of the net at 66:27.

According to Marchitto, “It was as back and forth game. I’ve never defeated Cheshire twice in the same season. I thought we were too spread out and couldn’t counter in mid-field like we did in our first game with Cheshire and we didn’t play a fast enough pace. I’d say we played only a so-so game.”

Amity outshot the Rams 14-9. Volta and his Ram counterpart, Evan Colechia, each recorded five saves.

The week ended with Amity blanking Sheehan 2-0. Both Spartan scores came in the first half. Ricky Mayer’s goal (which came at 15:41) was the result of Titan goalie John Olivierra deflecting a shot and sending it right at Maher who quickly cashed it in. Austin Duffy redirected a corner kick past Oliverra at 36:52 to make it 2-0.

“I thought we played hard in the first half. We controlled about 70% of the play but Sheehan did come at us a few times. After building our two goal lead in the first half, I think we got too comfortable in the second half. Anyone that really knows soccer, knows that 2-0 is the worst lead to have,” Marchitto said. “We needed to put them away in the second half but didn’t do. We missed at least three chances to score goals in the second half. We needed to play like the Eye of the Tiger.”

He added, “I think the reason we weren’t as sharp as we should have been was a lack of practice time.  With the rain forcing us to play make-up games on open days prevented us from practicing as much as we liked and needed. We weren’t crisp.”

The Spartans outshot Sheehan 12-6 and Volta recorded five saves.

Marchitto’s boys host West Haven today at 3:45.