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We are so thrilled to announced that after a thorough application and interview process Kate Neary ’24, Kathryn Murano ’26, and Camry Tomey ’25 have been selected as our first ever Student Sports Reporters - an internship position between St. Joes and the FCIAC! They will be tasked with attending SJ games, matches, and meets, and then writing an article on the results. Their articles will be hosted on the FCIAC website as well as below. 

Kate Neary '24
Camryn Tomey '25
Kathryn Murano '26

 

May 4 - Varsity Boys Lacrosse Senior Day (St. Joe’s vs. Trumbull) 
Kathryn Murano '26
 

On Saturday, May 4, St. Joseph boys varsity lacrosse played their 12th regular season game at home against Trumbull, which also happened to be senior day. St. Joes won 17-5. The Cadets have won against Trumbull for the past three years, with a similar victory of 18-5 during the 2022-2023 season. Currently, St. Joe’s is ranked 7th in the FCIAC conference. 

Shortly into the first quarter, junior #1 Sean Archibald scored the first point for St. Joe’s. A minute later, the score was made 2-0 thanks to senior #15 Jonathan Vitka. After a few flawlessly assisted goals, including one from senior #13 James Corry to senior Vitka and another assist by Corry to freshman #26 Paul Karafa, the score at the end of the first quarter was 5-0 St. Joe’s. 

The second quarter started off with a goal by Trumbull. Shortly after, sophomore #4 Eli Restrepo and Karafa both scored to make the score 7-1. Halfway through the quarter, junior #35 Colin Scali assisted senior captain #6 Alex Burbank for another point. Scali scored again shortly after. Corry made a goal and an assist to Archibald during the last two minutes of the quarter, and the score was 11-1 St. Joe’s going into halftime.

The first point of the third quarter was scored by Restrepo and assisted by Archibald. St. Joe’s proceeded to score three more points and Trumbull scored one more. The score at the end of the quarter was 15-2 St. Joe’s. The first point of the fourth quarter was scored by Scali and assisted by Corry. During the next twelve minutes, goals were scored back and forth between the two teams. Trumbull scored three points in a row but was unable to come back against St. Joe’s, who won with a final score of 17-5.

Congratulations to the varsity senior boys who celebrated their senior day on May 4: captains Alex Burbank, James Corry, and Sam Kimmel, as well as Jonathan Vitka, Daniel Kron, and Brady Tommasi.

Boys varsity lacrosse plays their next game against Fairfield Ludlowe on Tuesday, May 7 home at St. Joe’s at 4:00pm. 


 

April 30 - Track and Field (St. Joe’s vs. Wilton) 
Kathryn Murano ‘26

On Tuesday, April 30, Wilton and St. Joe’s Track and Field ran at home. St. Joe’s men’s varsity team won the meet with 73 points, and Wilton’s women’s varsity team won with 81 points.

In jumping events, both boys and girls competed in high jump, long jump, and triple jump. In girls high jump, freshman Julia DelRe came in second place with a jump of 4-02.00 and junior Mikayla Gallias came in fourth place with a jump of 4-00.00. As for boys, junior Jermaine Hatchett came in first place with a jump of 5-02.00, senior Sean Christy came in second place with a PR jump of 5-02.00, and sophomore Joseph Bruneus came in third place with a jump of 5-00.00. 

In girls long jump, senior Maya Pinto came in first place with a jump of 13-09.25. In boys long jump, sophomore Joshua Reed came in first place with a jump of 17-11.50 and freshman Brice Cook came in second place with a jump of 17-09.75. In the girls triple jump, junior Kinsey Spoelstra came in third place with a jump of 26-09.75. As for the boys, senior Sean Christy came in first place with a jump of 34-04.25 and freshman Rashawn Parker came in second place with a PR jump of 32-01.50.

The Cadets also competed in three relay events: the 4x100, 4x400, and 4x800. The boys 4x100 A team, consisting of Joshua Reed, Sebastian Cabezas, Noah Blake, and Jacob Miller, came in first place with a time of 45.41. The girls 4x100 team, consisting of Lucy Warren, Helena Kaczmarczyk, Trinity Robinson, and Olivia Franson, came in second place with a time of 53.42. Only the girls were entered in the 4x800 relay. The team consisted of Maeve Matthews, Grace Glaser, Erin Jacques, and Emma Fahy, and the girls ran unopposed with a time of 10:37.70. 

St. Joe’s had five teams entered in the 4x400 in total. There was a relay team for boys who came in first place with a time of 3:45.02, and a B team for the boys consisting of Cayden Kinard, James Lofton Jr, Josef McDonagh, and Josh Benedek who came in second with a time of 4:00.02. The girls A team consisted of Chloe Boyd, Grace Glaser, Maeve Matthews, and Layla DaCosta and they came in first place with a time of 4:21.29. The girls B and C teams came in third and fourth place, respectively. 

It was, in total, a successful meet for the Cadets. The next home meet will be Tuesday, May 14 at 4pm.


 

February 1 -  St. Joes Boys Ice Hockey vs. Cancer Game
K
athryn Murano ’26

On Thursday, February 1st, 2024 at 6:30pm, St. Joe’s Varsity Ice Hockey is playing a match whose impact goes far beyond the rink. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Hockey Fights Cancer, a program working to unite the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families. Hockey Fights Cancer has raised over $18 million to date, and on Thursday, SJ varsity hockey Cadets play against New Canaan to support the fight against cancer. Follow the link below to donate.

All proceeds go to Hockey Fights Cancer through the American Cancer Society. As of January 2022, the ACS has invested $400 million for potentially lifesaving cancer research grants and over 229,000 cancer patients have benefited from ACS transportation support. The St. Joes boys have a $1500 goal, and with the support of the SJ and greater community, they hope to exceed this goal and help the ACS with their mission of funding the future of cancer research, patient support, and advocacy. 

The fight against cancer goes far beyond just one hockey game. The Cadets formed this team because “cancer has touched all of us in some way.” The money the hockey team raises will help the ACS in multifaceted ways: it's helping to fund innovative research, provide free information for people dealing with the disease, provide rides to treatment and places to stay for people, and in short, save lives.

Join us February 1st at the Rinks in Shelton to watch the Cadets face off against New Canaan, as well as to honor the lives lost to cancer, celebrate survivors, and support the caregivers who so selflessly help others. Consider donating to the SJ Cadets Hockey Fights Cancer team and making a difference in this important cause.

https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR/ACTIVEFundraising/CFPCY24VirtualEvents?team_id=2729732&pg=team&fr_id=106972


 

February 1 -  St. Joes Boys Ice Hockey vs. Cancer Game
K
athryn Murano ’26

On Thursday, February 1st, 2024 at 6:30pm, St. Joe’s Varsity Ice Hockey is playing a match whose impact goes far beyond the rink. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Hockey Fights Cancer, a program working to unite the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families. Hockey Fights Cancer has raised over $18 million to date, and on Thursday, SJ varsity hockey Cadets play against New Canaan to support the fight against cancer. Follow the link below to donate.

All proceeds go to Hockey Fights Cancer through the American Cancer Society. As of January 2022, the ACS has invested $400 million for potentially lifesaving cancer research grants and over 229,000 cancer patients have benefited from ACS transportation support. The St. Joes boys have a $1500 goal, and with the support of the SJ and greater community, they hope to exceed this goal and help the ACS with their mission of funding the future of cancer research, patient support, and advocacy. 

The fight against cancer goes far beyond just one hockey game. The Cadets formed this team because “cancer has touched all of us in some way.” The money the hockey team raises will help the ACS in multifaceted ways: it's helping to fund innovative research, provide free information for people dealing with the disease, provide rides to treatment and places to stay for people, and in short, save lives.

Join us February 1st at the Rinks in Shelton to watch the Cadets face off against New Canaan, as well as to honor the lives lost to cancer, celebrate survivors, and support the caregivers who so selflessly help others. Consider donating to the SJ Cadets Hockey Fights Cancer team and making a difference in this important cause.

https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR/ACTIVEFundraising/CFPCY24VirtualEvents?team_id=2729732&pg=team&fr_id=106972


 

January 20 - 4th Annual Coach Eddy Cup
Written by Kate Neary '24

The Coach Eddy Cup is the most anticipated hockey game between cross town rivals St. Joes and Trumbull. The first period of the game was back and forth and ended 0-0. The second period is when the game opened up for St. Joes when senior Alex Kurowski scored the first goal of the game. The Cadets’ penalty kill was very effective after St. Joes took 2 penalties and had to play 5 on 3. The Eagles could not score and the second period ended 1-0. Finally Junior Cole Breunig put the game away with an empty net goal to seal the Cadets victory.


 

January 19 - Boys Basketball vs. Darien
Written by Kate Neary '24

St. Joes took on Darien last Friday. Throughout the first half, it was very back and forth. The first half ended 34-32 with St. Joes having the slight lead. Junior TJ Wright had a big night and helped lift the cadets to the win with 25 points. The Cadets were able to pull away from Darien in the 2 half and won the game 73-65.


 

January 17 - Girls Basketball versus Ridgefield
Written by Kate Neary '24
St. Joes took on Ridgefield, the only undefeated team left in the FCIAC. The game was back and forth with both teams scoring throughout the first half. Senior Erin Donegan led the Cadets scoring in the first half with 8 points. Going into halftime, St. Joes led Ridgefield 20-17. St. Joes played effective defense to open up the second half, which led to Ridgefield only scoring 9 points the rest of the game. The highlight of the second half was junior Gigi Gracia making 9 of her 10 free throws. The second half was truly where St. Joes shined and pulled away from Ridgefield. The cadets won the game 43-26 and still remain undefeated. 


 

January 9 - Boys Basketball vs. Fairfield Warde
Written by Kate Neary '24

St. Joe's boys basketball played Fairfield Warde on Tuesday 1/9. It was a constant back and forth game, but the Mustangs ended up with the win. Even though the Cadets did not get the outcome they wanted, there were some highlights on their team. 

First is junior TJ Wright who ended the game with 28 points, and another is senior Chase Bryant who ended with 14 points. 

Going into halftime, the Cadets were leading the Mustangs 40-32, but the Mustangs gained the lead by the end of the third quarter. 

The fourth quarter was quite thrilling as the Cadets brought the game to within a basket, but in the end the Cadets lost 75-72.


 

January 5 - Freshman and JV Girls Basketball (St. Joes vs. Stamford) 
Written by Kathryn Murano '26

On Friday, January 5, St. Joseph girls freshman basketball played their 4th season game against Stamford. St. Joes won 58-21.

Shortly after, St. Joe’s girls JV basketball played their 6th season game, also against Stamford. The first two quarters were fast-paced and full of scoring opportunities for SJ. The girls worked to create opportunities for high point grabbing, including man three point shots. Partway into the first quarter, #4, sophomore Reese Varteles, scored a three pointer to make the score 12-2 for SJ. Shortly after, with about 3 minutes remaining, #10, sophomore Francesca Pagano, made both of her free shots. She later scored off a rebound, and St. Joes went into the second quarter with a 19 point lead at 21-2. 

In the second quarter, Stamford came off strong. They scored two free throws and a three point shot. However, with 4:07 remaining in the period, Varteles scored another three point shot and the score was 31-7 for St. Joes, quickly brought up to 35-10 after points by Varteles and #2, sophomore Sarah Donegan. With 14 seconds remaining in the half, Donegan made two free throws, and St. Joes goes into halftime 39-15. 

The third quarter started off a bit more uneventful, by the time there were 6:39 minutes remaining, the quarter was still scoreless. Thanks to a free throw made by #22, sophomore Emma Healy, the score made it to 42-24 about halfway into the quarter. At the end of the quarter, St. Joes made as many attempts to make space as possible, and the score ended up being 50-25 going into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter was a final 8 minutes of back and forth possession and scoring. With under 5 minutes remaining, #5, sophomore Jane Montelli, scored a two point shot that brought the score to 60-28. This score held for about the next three minutes, and with 2:23 minutes remaining, #20, freshman Emma Fahey, scored to bring the score to 62-28. Thanks to some quick scoring by Stamford in the last minute of the game, the score rose to 62-34.

St. Joes finished the game with a final winning score of 62-34. JV plays their next game against Fairfield Warde on Tuesday, January 9 away at Warde.


 

November 23 2023 - SJ Hogs Thanksgiving
Written by Kate Neary
 

After a thriller of a win against Trumbull on Thanksgiving the St. Joes Hogs finished the regular season 6-4. With the regular season ending, I decided to talk with the 3 captains Michael Lucifora, Logan Spolestra, and Dom Parry about their time on the football team. 
 
Michael Lucifora

  • What is your favorite memory with your team?
    • “My favorite memory would have to be walking up the hill together before each game.”
  • What is the biggest lesson you have learned from your team?
    • "That if you want to succeed you have to put in the work to do what is necessary.”
  • What are your plans for after St. Joes?
    • “My plans are to go to college and get a degree before I hopefully become a pilot.”
  • What is your favorite Coach Del quote?
    • “'I can’t teach stupid’.”

Logan Spolestra

  • What is your favorite memory with your team?
    • "It was definitely my sophomore year playing against Daniel Hand in the first round of the playoffs and winning.”
  • What is the biggest lesson you have learned from your team?
    • “That if you're not a team player, and we are not working as a team, nothing will go right.”
  • What are your plans for after St. Joes?
    • “I will be attending Liberty University. Right now I will be walking on the football team and hopefully getting a scholarship.”
  • What is your favorite Coach Del quote?
    • “He says a lot of quotes, but definitely ‘Be a team player’.”

Dom Parry

  • What is your favorite memory with your team?
    • “When we beat Danbury at our last home game. It was our last home game together and one of our teammates got hurt so it was a special moment for us to get the win for him.”
  • What is the biggest lesson you have learned from your team?
    • “No matter how many times you lose, you always have to get up after it. All the mistakes you make you have to learn from going through the season.”
  • What are your plans for after St. Joes?
    • “I plan on majoring in sports management and playing college football.”
  • What is your favorite Coach Del quote?
    • “‘Practice like you play’.”

November 14, 2023 - Girls Soccer Class LL Semifinal
Written by Kate Neary
 

The Girls Soccer Class LL semifinal featuring St. Joes was quite the thriller. It was the third meeting of the season between St. Joes and Staples, with a tie in the regular season and St. Joes beat Staples the FCIAC championship. The opening kickoff led to a St. Joes chance on net, but after 2 quick goals Staples was up 2-0. While the game was leaning in Staples’ direction, St. Joes never gave up and continually got chances on net. The first goal was scored by sophomore Julia Nunes, and quickly after junior Alexa Pino scored the tying goal just before the halftime whistle. 

After halftime, the game went back and forth with both teams having multiple chances on net. The break came when senior Taylor Jenkins was taken down in the box and was awarded a penalty kick. Alexa Pino scored off the penalty kick and netted the go ahead goal and her second of the night. Less than a minute later, Staples was awarded a penalty kick and it was tied once again. Shortly after the pair of penalty kicks, junior Sara Parker scored an incredible, highlight reel goal to once again put St. Joes ahead. For the second and final time St. Joes was in the lead. The rest of the game was back and forth, but for the third year in a row St. Joes Girls Soccer is headed to the State Championship Final. The game will be held on Saturday at 10am at Trinity Health Stadium.


 

October 31, 2023 - St. Joseph JV Football Falls to Ridgefield
Written by Kathryn Murano
 

Despite a strong effort, St. Joe’s junior varsity football team faced a disappointing loss to Ridgefield on Monday, Oct. 23. While there were many attempts to drive the ball downfield and create opportunities for scoring, St. Joes unfortunately fell short.

The first quarter was ultimately uneventful all around. In the second quarter, Ridgefield scored a touchdown with 7:57 minutes remaining. They missed the two point conversion, however, making the score 6-0. During the remaining eight minutes of the quarter, there was a frenzy of activity. There was an interception by Ridgefield with 6:19 minutes remaining, causing a turnover of possession at the 20-yard line. However, the team suffered an incomplete pass as well as two sacks on the Ridgefield quarterback within the next three minutes. With 3:12 remaining, Ridgefield scored a field goal. This secured a score of 9-0, which would persist for the remainder of the quarter, and the game. During the remaining three minutes of the quarter, St. Joes attempted to make up for lost time. However, they were unable to gain enough yardage and Ridgefield attempted another field goal with just a few seconds remaining, which they missed. The third and fourth quarters were scoreless for both teams.

Despite the loss, St. Joes remains optimistic for what the remaining four games of their season could bring.


October 28, 2023 - SJ Varsity Boys Soccer, Freshman Football Earn Wins
Written by Kathryn Murano
 

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023 was a busy day on the St. Joes campus, with two games happening bilaterally: a boys varsity soccer game against Staples high school, and a freshman football game against Norwalk high school.

St. Joe’s freshman football won their game against Norwalk on October 19 with a score of 30-20. It is the team’s 7th consecutive win, leaving them undefeated in their 2023 season to date. The first touchdown for St. Joes was scored by freshman Kyle Wiker. He drove the ball 90 yards off of a punt return, and then the team completed a two point conversion to bring the score to 8-0. The next touchdown was scored by freshman Finn Kilmartin. St. Joes scored another two point conversion, and shortly after, another touchdown. They had an unsuccessful two point conversion, making the score 22-0 leading into halftime. Norwalk scored two touchdowns in the third quarter, but St. Joes also got another touchdown and two point conversion, bringing the score to 30-12 leading into the fourth quarter. Due to another touchdown by Norwalk, the final score was 30-20.

Also happening on October 19th, 2023 was a boys varsity soccer game. It was the team’s last home game of the season, now they only have three away games left before the season’s conclusion. Despite a strong start, Staples ended up winning 5-2. During the first half, St. Joe's game started out strong with two goals. Junior striker Lucas Auten scored on a long ball over the middle, and senior forward Joseph Iazzetta scored on a penalty kick with 28 seconds remaining in the half. Staples also had two early goals, scored by Brendan Allen and Avery Mueller. The score was tied 2-2 leading into halftime.

During the second half, however, St. Joes struggled. Staples scored three times over a span of 19 minutes. The 5-2 loss was disappointing for St. Joes, but the team remains optimistic for what the remainder of the season could bring.


October 19, 2023 - FCIAC Holds Officials Recognition Week With Schools Thanking Officials
Written by Kathryn Murano
 

St. Joe’s varsity field hockey faced a disappointing loss to Fairfield Ludlowe on Friday, October 13, 2023. St. Joes went into the second half trailing 3-0. With 3:15 minutes remaining in the third quarter, junior captain and midfielder Ella Dunford scored off a corner for St. Joes, making the score 1-4. The final score was 6-1, Ludlowe.

FCIAC holds Officials Recognition Week Oct. 8-14

The week of October 8th was FCIAC officials recognition week. It is important to recognize our officials, because when they do their jobs well their work is almost invisible, and therefore few people take time to acknowledge the efforts it took to do things like enforce rules, diffuse potential conflicts, and display fairness to both teams. Officials are critical in ensuring the proper safety and conduct in sporting endeavors, however they face a tremendous amount of pressure, as they must observe play, assess situations, control the pace of play, and make split-second rulings.

On October 13th, the two officials overseeing the St. Joes vs. Ludlowe field hockey game, Paul Kindzierski and Mike Carbine, were interviewed to get their thoughts on officiating high school sports. Kindzierski has been officiating for 17 years, with a total of eight sports. Currently, he is focusing on girls lacrosse, field hockey, and basketball. When asked what his favorite sport to officiate is, Kindzierski said, “Girls lacrosse. I like the way the game moves, it just moves, the game moves great, and it’s probably the easiest one to officiate out of all the sports.” Duties of officiating lacrosse are physically and mentally demanding, as referees need to be in excellent physical condition to keep up with the constant movement and pace of play.

Carbine has been officiating field hockey for three years. He also officiates basketball, boys lacrosse, and football. He started officiating football 14 years ago. When asked what his favorite sport to officiate is, Carbine said, “Boys lacrosse. Just, the flow of the game, the rules make sense, it’s just the quality of the game.” Similarly to Kindzierski, Carbine enjoys the fast pace of lacrosse. Jobs of lacrosse referees include checking for legal equipment, watching for rule infractions, approving the score, and particular attention must be paid to illegal body contact, especially to the head.

When asked what they love about high school athletics, both Kindzierski and Carbine gave the same answer: the kids. According to Carbine, “The kids are great. Always fun working with the kids.” Furthermore, Kindzierski said, “I used to play sports when I was younger, so I like being involved in sports.”

Officials get an opportunity to interact with the sport in a different way and foster a love for the game. Both Kindzierski and Carbine officiate high school and youth. Kindzierski has officiated some college clubs. His favorite age to officiate is the younger kids, because “I like the really young kids. Just when they’re learning [the sport], so you’re basically teaching.” The role of an official can extend far beyond simply enforcing rules: they can be a quintessential figure in developing a child’s knowledge for a sport.

Conversely, Carbine said that “the quality of the game is usually better when they’re older, because it’s cleaner, when they’re younger…the game just doesn’t move. So I would say the older kids.” The older kids often already have a more solid knowledge of the game, so the referee’s role is less to teach the rules, but just to enforce them. So the game can move at a more intense pace, and more skillfully. Thank you to Kindzierski and Carbine for their time. It is essential to acknowledge and thank our officials for their time, dedication, and effort. After all, without officials, high school sports would not exist.


October 16, 2023 - Girls Soccer Overcomes Deficit and Beats McMahon
Written by Kathryn Murano
 

Despite a tense first half that left players and spectators alike on the edge of their seats, St. Joes girls soccer pulled through with a 3-1 win against Brien McMahon. McMahon was coming off of two wins, a 2-0 victory against New Fairfield and a more recent 6-0 win against Bridgeport Central. The win for St. Joe’s is its 13th consecutive win.

The first half was aggressive yet ultimately uneventful for St. Joes and the score was 0-0 for the majority of the half. Over five corner kicks were made during the half. With 18:43 minutes remaining in the half, St. Joe’s had two shots, both of which were blocked. Coach Nogueira urged his team to get to the ball and speed up the game as much as possible. The team’s offense was playing slow, but they had to urge movement in order to be able to score. They were also struggling to judge balls in the air and orient their team to properly receive them. With under 15 minutes remaining, junior left wing Sara Parker made a shot that was blocked. With 11:50 minutes remaining, senior center attacking midfielder Taylor Jenkins made a shot that bounced off the post.

At this point, Coach Nogueira was encouraging his team to “play the simple ball.” With 3:18 minutes remaining in the first half, Brien McMahon scored. Down 1-0, St. Joe’s was feeling the pressure, especially since ity were not used to trailing in the first half. With two seconds left, the Cadets tried to score, but an attempted shot bounced off of the top goal post. Leading into halftime, St. Joe’s had to think hard about how to turn its game around.

However, thanks to communication and focus, St. Joe’s was able to score early in the second half. With 37:34 minutes remaining, sophomore right wing Julia Nunes made an assist to junior center forward Alexa Pino, who scored. The ball bounced off the side bar and fell into the back of the net, and with this goal came a newfound burst of energy and hope for St. Joes. The rest of the second half was very aggressive. With around 36 minutes remaining, McMahon made a kick from the 30-yard line, which was blocked. Just a few minutes later, Parker made a shot that missed. Minutes after that, Jenkins also shot, and it was blocked. At least four other consequential shots were blocked or missed. St. Joes was working hard to make space and push their offense upfield. With 24:33 minutes remaining, Pino made an assist to Nunes, who scored and brought the score to 2-1. This dynamic viewed that of which caused the first goal for St. Joe’s, and this team’s chemistry is undeniable. With 19:13 minutes remaining, Jenkins scored off a ball that bounced off the McMahon goalkeeper’s hand and wedged behind the upper post of the goal. She secured St. Joes with a score of 3-1. During the remainder of the second half, at least two shots were taken, and Pino had two corners. St. Joes did a nice job of forcing the ball into their attacking half in order to make as many opportunities as possible. With 6:45 minutes remaining, Pino had a kick that missed the goal by about a foot. St. Joe’s made another shot with under 3 minutes remaining that was blocked. The final score of 3-1 was a reminder to St. Joe’s that it is possible to overcome obstacles and come back from a rocky start with communication, perseverance, and determination.


October 14, 2023 - Girls Soccer Shuts Out Wilton for 11th Win
Written by Kathryn Murano
 

Girls soccer won its 11th regular season game against Wilton 4-0. The Cadets are coming off of a 10-0 win against Westhill, and it is the team’s 11th consecutive win, giving them an undefeated season to date, as well as their 11th successive win by four or more goals. St. Joes continues not only to perform excellently under any circumstances, but also to present laudable margins within their scores.

The first half started off quickly and full of promise for St. Joes: Junior center forward Alexa Pino scored the first goal of the game and senior center attacking midfielder Taylor Jenkins scored a second goal shortly after, both within the first 30 minutes of the half. Jenkins scored again with 9:01 remaining in the half, with an assist from junior left wing Sara Parker. Parker operated predominantly along the sidelines of the field, providing support to forward and midfield players such as Jenkins or Pino by passing and crossing the ball into threatening areas. Pino’s position as center forward means that her job, not unlike a striker, is to try and push play forward within the attacking half in order to look to score. She certainly succeeded with this goal: during the last 16 minutes of the half, Pino took three corners and one shot, that was blocked, with just over a minute remaining. As a whole, the team’s offense was extremely strong, emphasizing playing quick and making as many goal-scoring opportunities as possible.

At halftime, coach Jack Nogueira felt that “the first ten to fifteen minutes of the second half will be critical.” He was correct: The beginning of the second half was a frenzy of shots and strong defense. Junior goalkeeper Helena Kaczmarczyk saved two balls within the first eight minutes of the half. In tandem with the secure defensive end, the forwards and midfielders were able to create opportunities. With 34:50 remaining, sophomore right wing Julia Nunes made a pass to Pino, who made a shot that got blocked. Pino took another corner with 33:17 minutes remaining. Less than a minute later, senior center back Maeve Matthews took a shot that bounced off of the upper post of the goal. During the final 30 minutes of the second half, Wilton became more aggressive in their attacks. They had a corner at 26:44 that got kicked out over the top bar.

Both teams were creating as many opportunities as possible: Parker took two shots, one with 24 minutes remaining and one with 14 minutes remaining, and Jenkins took a shot with 19 minutes remaining. None of the shots were successful, but demonstrated what Coach Nogueira was urging for his team: “we have to figure out how to get our girls straight and ready to play.” And ready to play they were: Pino scored her second goal of the game on a penalty kick with 24 minutes remaining. With 11 minutes remaining, sophomore center midfielder Zoe Garces took a corner. The remaining ten minutes of the game were extremely fast-paced. St. Joe’s made two more shots, both of which were blocked, but their score of 4-0 secured them a win.

This game was a thrilling match up of two teams who are not afraid to make as much space as possible and to play aggressively. St. Joes girls soccer have once again displayed their talent, inter-team communication, and promise for the rest of the season.


October 12, 2023 - Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Brien McMahon
Written by Kathryn Murano '26

Despite a tense first half that left players and spectators alike on the edge of their seats, St. Joe’s girls soccer pulled through with a 3-1 win against Brien McMahon. McMahon is coming off of two wins, a 2-0 win against New Fairfield and a more recent 6-0 win against Bridgeport Central. The win for St. Joe’s is their 13th consecutive win.

The first half was aggressive yet ultimately uneventful for St. Joe’s. The score was 0-0 for the majority of the half. Over 5 corner kicks were made during the half. With 18:43 minutes remaining in the half, St. Joe’s had two shots, both of which were blocked. Coach Nogueira urged his team to get to the ball and speed up the game as much as possible. The team’s offense was playing slow, but they had to urge movement in order to be able to score. They were also struggling to judge balls in the air and orient their team to properly receive them. With under 15 minutes remaining, junior left wing Sara Parker made a shot that was blocked. With 11:50 minutes remaining, senior center attacking midfielder Taylor Jenkins made a shot that bounced off the post. At this point, Coach Nogueira was encouraging his team to “play the simple ball.” 

With 3:18 minutes remaining in the first half, Brien McMahon scored. With a score of 0-1, St. Joe’s was feeling the pressure, especially since they were not used to trailing in the first half. With 2 seconds left, the team tried to score, but an attempted shot bounced off of the top goal post. Leading into halftime, St. Joe’s had to think hard about how to turn their game around.

However, thanks to communication and focus, St. Joe’s was able to score early in the second half. With 37:34 minutes remaining,sophomore right wing Julia Nunes made an assist to junior center forward Alexa Pino, who scored. The ball bounced off the side bar and fell into the back of the net, and with this goal came a newfound burst of energy and hope for St. Joe’s. 

The rest of the second half was very aggressive. With around 36 minutes remaining, McMahon made a kick from the 30 yard line, which was blocked. Just a few minutes later, Parker made a shot that missed. Minutes after that, Jenkins also shot, and it was blocked. At least four other consequential shots were blocked or missed. St. Joe’s was working hard to make space and push their offense upfield. With 24:33 minutes remaining, Pino made an assist to Nunes, who scored and brought the score to 2-1. This dynamic viewed that of which caused the first goal for St. Joe’s, and this team’s chemistry is undeniable. 

With 19:13 minutes remaining, Jenkins scored off a ball that bounced off the McMahon goalkeeper’s hand and wedged behind the upper post of the goal. She secured St. Joe’s with a score of 3-1. During the remainder of the second half, at least two shots were taken, and Pino had two corners. St. Joe’s did a nice job of forcing the ball into their attacking half in order to make as many opportunities as possible. With 6:45 minutes remaining, Pino had a kick that missed the goal by about a foot. St. Joe’s made another shot with under 3 minutes remaining that was blocked.

The final score of 3-1 was a reminder to St. Joe’s that it is possible to overcome obstacles and come back from a rocky start with communication, perseverance, and determination. 


October 12, 2023 - Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Ridgefield Tigers
Written by Cameron Tomey '25

The St. Joes Varsity Girls Soccer team dominated in their match today against the Ridgefield Tigers with a final score of 5-2. This match was one of the more challenging for the Cadets this season as they battled with their trademark grit from start to finish. In the first half, both teams fought for control of the game. St. Joe's defense was rock solid like always, with Helena Kaczmarczyk in goal. On the offensive end, St. Joes demonstrated exceptional ball control and teamwork. Goals by Junior forward Alexa Pino (2), Junior forward Sarah Parker, and Senior midfielder Taylor Jenkins (2) ushered the St. Joes Cadets to victory. The Cadets now have a record of 12-0. The Cadets are unstoppable this season with a group of extremely talented and hard working players who are all striving to win both the State and FCIAC championships. Next up for the Cadets is Brian Mcmahon High School on October 12th with plans to continue their winning streak and become 13-0 overall.


October 11, 2023 - Girls Soccer Blanks Trumbull, Remains Perfect
Written by Kate Neary
 

It was the first matchup of the year between cross town rivals St. Joes and Trumbull, and St. Joes girls soccer showed their dominance.

Tuesday’s game was quite the scoring frenzy with five goals being scored before halftime and six goals in total. Three goals came from junior forward Sara Parker, two goals came from sophomore forward Julia Nunes, and the final goal came from senior midfielder Taylor Jenkins. This is one of multiple games this season the team has scored six goals, and they have scored at least four in every single game.

When asked about their success, senior captain Maeve Matthews said, “Coach (Jack) Nogueira reminds us that we can never settle, we have to continue to play how we play no matter what team it is.” This mindset will surely carry them through the rest of the season and even into the playoffs. The defense, led by Matthews, was extremely strong. This season the Cadets have only conceded one goal on a penalty kick.

On the opposite side is an effective offense that keeps putting the ball in the back of the net. Even when Sara Parker was not scoring herself, she still found a way to contribute. She had two assists, delivering perfect crosses that led on goals from both Julia Nunes and Taylor Jenkins. It is evident this team has great chemistry, their runs are timed well and they are always pressing the goal. The cross town rivalry is also strong,

“All four years of playing high school soccer it’s been a special game, it’s the rivalry,” Matthews said. The Trumbull and St. Joes game is always one of the biggest of the year, no matter the sport.

St. Joes has cruised through the first nine games of the season. The Cadets have already faced tough opponents such as Fairfield Ludlowe, but still have more, including games with Staples and Ridgefield in the coming weeks. The FCIAC is a very competitive conference. After winning both the FCIAC and Class L State titles last year, the team has been moved up to Class LL. St. Joe’s has previously won in Class LL in 2013, and even reached the ranking of No. 7 in the nation by the end of the season.

Once again, St. Joes proved they are a force within the FCIAC conference.

October 11, 2023 - Boys’ soccer Scores Late, Forges Tie With Westhill
Written by Kathryn Murano
 

Despite what has started off as a somewhat rocky season for St. Joseph boys’ soccer, the Cadets came through with a 2-2 draw against Westhill, which is currently ranked fourth in the FCIAC standings. Tension for the game was high as Westhill was coming off of a 4-1 win against Stamford as well as four other wins and two draws in the 2023 season to date.

The first half of the game started off promising for St. Joes: Senior striker and captain Joseph Iazzetta was awarded a penalty kick with 28:27 left in the first half, but missed. However, with 20:13 minutes remaining in the half, Iazzetta scored in a momentous feat of perseverance. Despite usually playing center-mid, Iazzetta did an admirable job with the transition from playing midfield to playing forward. Less than one minute after Iazzetta’s goal, Westhill scored off a free kick. This tied the score 1-1, a score that would persist for the rest of the half. With seconds left in the half, Iazzetta charged into the penalty box and attempted to score, but the shot was blocked by the Westhill goalkeeper.

St. Joes had some trouble making space upfield during the first half as they prioritized slower passes and resetting their defensive lineup whenever they gained possession. The team played backwards and set up passes within the defense. With under three minutes left in the first half, SJ coach Thomas Connolly urged his team to play aggressively, and find the open space whenever possible. Connolly also stressed the importance of playing long and clearing as many balls as possible. Despite Westhill’s aggressive offense, the low number of goals the Vikings scored throughout the game was partially due to senior goalkeeper and captain Jason Lambert, Jr. as well as help from the defense. Lambert had many noteworthy saves in the first and second halves, including one off of a Westhill corner and one further down the field at the 20-yard line.

St. Joes defense performed well under pressure, especially during corners from Westhill: Sophomore center midfielder Cruz Guglielmoni headed a Westhill corner to the sidelines with 28:29 remaining. A little bit later, sophomore right fullback Jamie McKenna blocked a shot on the goal. During the second half of the game, St. Joes once again prioritized resetting and using slower passes. Westhill had a corner with 37:20 remaining, which they missed. During this half, St. Joes tightened up its attack and started playing much more aggressively. There were multiple shots taken: With 21:44 remaining, sophomore center attacking midfielder Josiah Thompson shot, and with 5:21 remaining, sophomore left midfielder Alexander Acosta shot. Directly after Acosta’s shot, Guglielmoni shot a corner on Westhill. These shots missed but displayed the team’s emphasis on offense during the second half. With 26:03 remaining, Westhill earned a free kick. Connolly directed his team to stand together in a group of four to attempt to stop the kick, and sophomore left midfielder Chris Maldonado blocked the shot. Over 20 minutes later, with 5:01 remaining in the half, Westhill scored. The score was 2-1 and the pressure was on for St. Joes.

By the two-minute mark, St. Joes regained possession and were rewarded with a free Kick. The kick was given to sophomore center back Marcelo Rosa, and with under a minute remaining in the game, and from 30 yards back, Rosa scored. The point brought the score to a draw of 2-2, a score that held for the remaining 45 seconds of the game. Although it is Rosa’s second year on varsity, it was his first varsity goal, and it certainly could not have come at a better time. The goal not only tied the game for St. Joe’s, but also boosted morale for the boys and reinforced hope in their abilities as individuals and as a team. The game acts as an optimistic indicator of what may be to come for the St. Joes boys soccer team for the remainder of their season, as well as a reminder that every moment in a game counts, and that redemption is possible with communication, teamwork, and energy.

October 11, 2023 - Pink Volleyball Game
Written by Cameron Tomey '25

On October 11th 2023 the St. Joes varsity volleyball team played against Fairfield Ludlowe in a game that became more than just a competition. This match was an inspiring example of giving back.

The pink game, held at St. Joes home court, was dedicated to raising money for the Tommy Fund, an organization that provides crucial assistance to families dealing with pediatric cancer. Both teams, St. Joes and Fairfield Ludlowe, came together to make a significant impact.

St. Joes varsity volleyball team bought their best to the court. Not only did they come to win but they also actively participated in fundraising during the match. Raffles, baked goods, drinks, tshirts, water bottles and wristbands were set up to collect money for the Tommy Fund. The spirit of giving was amazing as everyone who attended contributed to this important cause,

In the match, St. Joes varsity volleyball celebrated there victory against Fairfield Ludlowe. The real victory was the overwhelming support for the Tommy Fund. 

All of the proceeds from this game were donated directly to the Tommy Fund. The funds raised will go towards helping children and families affected by pediatric cancer.


October 9 - Annual Pink Field Hockey Game
Written by Kate Neary '24

It was the annual pink game for the Field Hockey team, and it was made even more special by a win. The cadets won 3-2 in their game against Fairfield Warde on Monday. The first goal came from junior captain Ella Dunford, the second came from junior captain Gigi Gracia, and the last came from senior Meghan Hoynes. Through this point in the season the Cadets are 3-6. They took home wins against Masuk, Westhill and Fairfield Warde. 

It was also a special game for senior goalie Sophia Chaves who reached her 300th career save with the team. Against Warde on Monday, she was very good in net and always cheered on and hyped up her teammates during the game. After St. Joe's, Sophia plans to attend Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio to continue her field hockey career. 

The field hockey team, especially when put up against the tough teams in the FCIAC, never gives up and always supports each other during the game.


October 3 - Girls Varsity Soccer (St. Joes vs. Trumbull)
Written by Kate Neary '24

It was the first matchup of the year between cross town rivals St. Joe’s and Trumbull, and St. Joe’s girls soccer showed their dominance. Tuesday's game was quite the scoring frenzy with 5 goals being scored before the half and 6 goals in total. Three goals came from junior forward Sara Parker, 2 goals came from sophomore forward Julia Nunes, and the final goal came from senior midfielder Taylor Jenkins. This is one of multiple games this season the team has scored 6 goals, and they have scored at least 4 in every single game. When asked about their success, senior Maeve Matthews said, “Coach Nogueira reminds us that we can never settle, we have to continue to play how we play no matter what team it is.” This mindset will surely carry them through the rest of the season and even into the playoffs. 

The defense, led by their captain Maeve Matthews, was extremely strong. This season, they have only conceded one goal on a penalty kick. On the opposite side is an effective offense that keeps putting the ball in the back of the net. Even when Sara Parker was not scoring herself, she still found a way to contribute. She had two assists, delivering perfect crosses that led to goals from both Julia Nunes and Taylor Jenkins. It is evident this team has great chemistry, their runs are timed well and they are always pressing the goal.  The cross town rivalry is also strong, “All four years of playing high school soccer it's been a special game, it's the rivalry,” Maeve said. The Trumbull and St. Joe’s game is always one of the biggest of the year, no matter the sport. 

St. Joe’s have cruised through the first 9 games of the season. They have already faced tough opponents such as Fairfield Ludlowe, but still have more, including games with Staples and Ridgefield in the coming weeks. The FCIAC is a very competitive conference to play in. After winning both the FCIAC and Class L State titles last year, the team has been moved up to Class LL. St. Joe’s has previously won in Class LL in 2013, and even reached the ranking of #7 in the nation by the end of the season.

Once again, St. Joe’s proved they are a force within the FCIAC conference.