Despite windy and soggy conditions on Thursday, Cheshire High School cross country teams produced stellar showings in the Southern Connecticut Conference Championship at East Shore Park in New Haven. In varsity action, CHS girls earned third place (134 points) and the boys’ team came in fourth (127). Cheshire boys finished just three points behind Amity in third place.
To lead the boys’ team, senior tri-captain Brendan Mellitt placed second overall (16:38) to Xavier senior Robbie Cozean (16:03). A first-year runner, junior Ryan Farrell made a late push to take sixth (17:27) and join Mellitt on the All-SCC First Team.
Seniors Francis Simpatico (34th, 18:23) and Owen Fiore (39th, 18:41), sophomore Robert DiNatale (46th, 18:51), and senior tri-captains Charlie Pettit (50th, 18:55) and Parker Arai (64th, 19:13) followed Mellitt and Farrell.
In the girls’ race, sophomores Olivia Ferraro (11th, 21:46) and Meghan Georgescu (12th, 21:48) came in consecutively to secure the final two spots on the All-SCC First Team. The girls earned second-team honors last year.
Senior tri-captain Kristina Benga (37th, 23:16), juniors Liz Addesso (40th, 23:21) and Cate Bedard (43rd, 23:24), senior tri-captain Audrey Kiesling (72nd, 24:51), and junior Brooke Daddio (75th, 24:54) completed the Cheshire lineup.
Xavier (boys, 42 points) and Guilford (girls, 44) won the team titles.
On Oct. 26, Cheshire teams visit Manchester’s Wickham Park for the Class L Championship. Girls run at 2:05 p.m. and the boys’ race is slated for 2:40 p.m.
Girls’ Soccer (9-1-2, 5-0-1 in Housatonic Division)
After playing back-to-back scoreless draws on the road, CHS came home to net three goals and rally for a 3-1 win over East Haven (3-6-3, 1-3-2). CHS swept the regular-season series with the Yellow Jackets and extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games.
Seven minutes and eight seconds into the game, East Haven jumped ahead on a goal by sophomore Emily Pycela, but CHS came back with two goals to take the lead going into halftime. On a free kick by senior tri-captain Marisa Brough, junior Ellie Pergolotti scored on a header to tie the game at 1-1 with 27:40 remaining in the first half.
Cheshire took the lead for good with 17:57 left in the half. Junior Julia Hendrick passed to freshman Gabby Tirado, who dribbled down the right side and pulled up to boot a deep shot into the left corner of the net.
CHS increased pressure in the second half and put up an insurance goal with 8:43 remaining. Sophomore Briana Geloso delivered a lead pass to freshman Anna Hurlbut, who scored to extend the lead to 3-1. Like Tirado, Hurlbut picked up her first home goal at Alumni Field.
Junior goalkeeper/tri-captain Seymone Rosenberg made two saves. For East Haven, junior Angelina Munoz tallied 10 saves.
On Monday, the Rams return to host Lauralton Hall (4-7) at 6 p.m. On Sept. 26, CHS won 3-0 in Milford.