Class L Boys Soccer: Wethersfield scores four second-half goals to pull away from Fitch

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Members of the Wethersfield boys soccer team celebrate their CIAC Class L championship after defeating Fitch 4-1 Sunday at Dillon Stadium.

Members of the Wethersfield boys soccer team celebrate their CIAC Class L championship after defeating Fitch 4-1 Sunday at Dillon Stadium.

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HARTFORD — Wethersfield senior William McCarter has a photo of himself from when he was in kindergarten holding a sign that read “future state champions.”

McCarter and his teammates finally realized the dream Sunday at Dillon Stadium as No. 12 seed Wethersfield pulled away in the second half to defeat No. 14 Fitch 4-1 in the CIAC Class L state championship.

“I almost broke down in tears when the final buzzer went off. This means the world to every single person on this team,” McCarter said. “I can name 99% of the people on this team that I have been playing with since kindergarten. We have been talking about this game since kindergarten. My dad has a picture of me with a paper that says ‘future state champions.’ We have been talking about this every day since we were young and to see it come true, anything is possible and it’s truly amazing.”

This is the 16th state championship for Wethersfield who last won in 2008.

After a first half with both teams getting a sense of the other’s style but not scoring, Wethersfield started pushing the action in the second half.

Six minutes into the second half, McCarter picked up a ball after on a turnover, dribbling in to the end line past two defenders and crossing it on the ground to Josh Gstell who tapped it in for the 1-0 lead.

Midway through the second half, things got wild with three goals in less than three minutes.

First, Wethersfield went up 2-0 with Thomas Brodowicz scoring with 14:32 left to play.

Fitch came roaring right back with Sebastian Duffy feeding a streaking Douglas Cardona, who made it 2-1.

With 12:40 to go, Fitch nearly tied it, but rang a shot off the post.

Quickly moving on the counter, Wethersfield made it 3-1 with Joseph Tata scoring on an assist from Brodowicz, capping the furious back-and -forth.

After a trip in the box, Wethersfield put the game away on a penalty kick by Giankarlos DeJesus.

“Our guys gave it all but it wasn’t enough. They had a few more big plays than us,” Fitch coach Jason Wolfradt said. “Once it is 2-1 we trying to push things and at that point, it doesn’t matter if we lose 2-1 or 7-1. We needed to try and push things and they countered us twice and scored on both. Everything was there for us today but it just wasn’t our day.”


Joseph Tata, Wethersfield: Tata was named the MVP of the championship game, scoring the goal to make it 3-1.


“In the first half, both teams were feeling each other out but nobody was willing to take too many chances,” Wethersfield coach Robert Jachym said. “We talked at halftime about how It’s not easy to get to the final and you have to take chances because you don’t want to have any regrets about what you should have done. Second half, we took some more chances, the goals obviously helped us.”; @EricsonSports


FITCH0 1—1


Scoring: F-- Douglas Cardona 1g; Sebastian Duffy 1a. W—Josh Gstell 1g; Thomas Brodowicz 1g; Joseph Tata 1g; Giankarlos DeJesus 1g; William McCarter 1a; Sebastian Duffy 1a

Goalies: F—Nathan Virtue 4 saves; W—Ricky Torres 5 saves