CHS Fall Sports Sweep SCC Quarters, Cross Country Runners Excel In Class L, Tao Places Second In Diving

CHS Fall Sports Sweep SCC Quarters, Cross Country Runners Excel In Class L, Tao Places Second In Diving

On Saturday, Cheshire High School girls’ soccer battled to advance in the Southern Connecticut Conference Tournament. CHS jumped out to a 2-0 lead and then after rival Sacred Heart Academy battled to tie the quarterfinal game, the Rams got a timely goal from senior Haley Shaw to win 3-2 in overtime.

The winning sequence came with 1:30 left in the extra session. On a corner kick by sophomore Ava Sink, senior tri-captain Gabby Tirado sent a header off the cross bar, but Shaw dove through a defensive back to head the ball into the net.

Along with staying unbeaten at 16-0-1, the Rams (top seed) also won the season series, 2-0-1, with SHA (eighth seed, 9-7-1). Three days earlier, the Sharks came back from a 3-0 deficit to tie Cheshire, 6-6, on the same field.

Like in that game, Cheshire raced to the lead. Tirado scored first just 5:11 into the game. With 30:07 left in the first half, Shaw took a pass from freshman Abby Sink and proceeded to net a deep shot.

SHA cut the deficit when senior Juliana Garcia found the back of the net with 20:36 remaining in the opening half. After the Rams were whistled for a foul with 16:54 left in the game, Garcia scored again on a free kick to tie the game.

Cheshire wasn’t able to retake the lead in regulation, but Shaw’s overtime goal still clinched the win.

For the Rams, junior goalkeeper Sophie Bates had four saves. The Sharks had a chance to take the lead in the second half, but sophomore defensive back Leah Farrell stepped up to knock down a right for the right side of the net.

In Tuesday’s semifinals, Cheshire hosts Branford (fourth seed, 13-4) at 5 p.m. The Rams beat the Hornets on Sept. 22 (2-0) and Oct. 17 (4-0).

Field Hockey (second seed, 12-4-1)

In their SCC quarterfinal, Cheshire won 4-0 over Hamden (seventh seed, 6-11) and went up 2-0 in the season series.

Hamden came out aggressive to earn four penalty corners in the opening half, but CHS held them scoreless and built a 2-0 lead at intermission. After receiving the ball from senior Taya Buntin on the left side, senior tri-captain Colby Paul scored on a shot to the right corner with 5:02 remaining in the first quarter.

Cheshire extended the lead at the end of the first half. Junior Caroline Odea made an interception and then shot the ball off the pads of sophomore goalkeeper Rola Elzoul into the cage. The goal was the first of her varsity career.

Following a scoreless third quarter, the Rams converted twice in the fourth. First on a penalty corner, senior defensive back Reilly Whalen received the ball from Buntin and then sent the ball into the cage for her first goal with 6:24 remaining.

Cheshire added one more goal with 1:12 left. Senior Ava Matikowski charged in from the right side and passed to Buntin, who drove the ball into the left portion of the cage.

Junior goalkeeper Ginny Curello (four saves) secured her seventh shutout of the year.

On Tuesday, CHS faces Daniel Hand (third seed, 12-4-1) for the third time. Hand earned a 1-0 win on Oct. 18 and then beat the Rams, 3-1, in Wednesday’s regular-season finale.

Boys’ Soccer (second seed, 12-2-1)

Cheshire defeated Guilford (seventh seed, 11-4-2) for the third time this season, winning 4-0 in the SCC quarters to extend their unbeaten streak to nine games.

CHS jumped ahead with 10:57 left in the first half, as senior quad-captain Colin Brown drove down the left side and then found junior Elis Sulollari for an open look at the right post.

Just 55 seconds into the second half, Cheshire took a 2-0 lead when Guilford accidentally kicked the ball into their net for an own goal.

Junior Will Stearns netted the next tally, running into the middle and converting on a precise feed from Brown.

With 3:38 remaining, senior quad-captain Samir Dishnica scored the last goal on a pass from senior quad-captain Kevi Sulollari.

CHS earned their seventh shutout, with junior goalkeeper Nolan Kappus making two saves.

On Tuesday, Cheshire faces Fairfield Prep (sixth seed, 9-3-5) at 7 p.m. The Jesuits rallied to beat CHS, 2-1, on Sept. 27 and then the teams tied 2-2 on Oct. 22.

Cross Country

The Rams competed in the Class L races at Wickham Park in Manchester. Cheshire boys came in third place (148 points), while girls earned fourth (94).

For girls, junior Alexa Ciccone took second overall (19:15) to New Milford senior Sydney Kelleher (19:07). Junior Mia Vientos (12th, 20:19) and freshman Emily D’Souza (18th, 20:41) also made the top 20.

Freshman Ava Ciccone (31st, 21:50) and sophomore Eva Curran (33rd, 21:58) completed the top-five scorers. Senior tri-captain Alex Palladino (79th, 24:01) and junior Abby Cortigiano (87th, 24:41) also competed for CHS.

On the boys’ side, junior Tyler Caron (19th, 17:38), senior tri-captain Colin Grevelding (23rd, 17:48), junior Daniel D’Souza (25th, 17:51), and sophomore James Boyd (30th, 17:55) cracked the top 30. Junior Brian Krzanowski (56th, 18:39), senior tri-captain Mike DeJoseph (95th, 19:28), and junior Jack Lengyel (98th, 19:30) rounded out the team.

Cheshire girls have qualified for the State Open to be held on Nov. 4 at the same site. Start time is 2 p.m.

CHS boys came up just short of making the state meet.

Girls’ Diving

Senior tri-captain Hannah Tao finished second (384.60) in the SCC meet at Sheehan in Wallingford.

On Tuesday, Cheshire Community Pool will run the swim qualifier at 4 p.m.

Remainder of Tuesday’s SCC schedule:

Girls’ Volleyball (top seed, 18-2)

After a bye in the first round, CHS pits their 10-match win streak against West Haven (eighth seed, 13-8) at 6 p.m.


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