On Tuesday, Cheshire High School field hockey improved to 4-0 with a 7-0 victory over Mercy (0-4-1). The Rams jumped ahead in the first quarter and took a 5-0 advantage into halftime.
CHS opened the scoring on a penalty corner. After passing into senior tri-captain Gigi Ranoldo, senior tri-captain Colby Paul sprinted to the left post and deflected the ball into the cage.
Senior Clara Dempsey extended the lead, scoring her first goal on a pass from classmate Ava Matikowski.
In the second quarter, Matikowski returned to assist on a hard shot by senior Taya Buntin in the middle.
Junior Hannah Curtis scored twice to end the first half and earned her first multi-goal game. Juniors Ella Paul and Ava Houle assisted on the goals.
The play of Mercy sophomore goalkeeper Sage Svalestad kept Cheshire scoreless in the third, but the Rams came back to put up two goals in the fourth. On a drive by Ranoldo, senior Julia Bailey tipped the ball into the cage for the sixth goal.
To cap the scoring, sophomore Sarah Goldstein converted on a precise feed from Ella Paul.
With two assists each, Matikowski, Ranoldo, and Paul tallied career-high totals. Paul joined Dempsey with her first two points.
Junior goalkeeper Ginny Curello didn’t need to make a save in picking up her third shutout.
After a concussion caused her to miss the first three games, senior tri-captain Cat Palma made her season debut off the bench.
For their first road game on Thursday, Cheshire visits unbeaten Farmington (3-0) to compete at 3:45 p.m.
Girls’ Soccer (4-0)
The Rams extended their perfect start with a 8-0 victory at Lyman Hall (1-3) in Wallingford. Senior tri-captain Gabby Tirado and senior Haley Shaw both scored twice and supplied a personal-high three assists.
Senior Amber Casner and freshman Abby Sink netted their first goals and picked up their first points. Senior tri-captain Anna Hurlbut and sophomore Ava Sink also found the back of the net.
Junior goalkeeper Sophie Bates posted a save and tallied her third shutout of the year.
On Thursday, Cheshire visits Branford (3-1) to compete at 6:30 p.m.
Girls’ Swim and Dive (4-0)
The Rams extended their dual-meet win streak to 90, winning 75-49 over East Haven/Wilbur Cross/Hillhouse Co-Op at WC in New Haven. Senior tri-captain Avery Potyrala and junior Julia Barto had top times in four events.
Individually, Potyrala captured the 50-yard freestyle (25.37) and 100-yard butterfly (1:02.40). Barto was victorious in the 200-yard individual medley (2:13.88) and 100-yard freestyle (58.35).
To kick off the meet, Potyrala and Barto joined with sophomore Natalia Gajecki and senior tri-captain Julianna Tyler on the winning 200-yard medley relay team (1:56.40).
Barto, Potyrala, and Tyler combined with sophomore Carly Cahill to clock the fastest time in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:51.35).
Tyler touched the wall first in the 500-yard freestyle (5:22.03) and sophomore Alicia Shatalov took first place in the 200-yard freestyle (2:16.29). Shatalov, senior Emma Grove, and juniors Morgan McDonough and Grace Hanke also secured the best time in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:55.32).
On Friday, the Rams come back to the Cheshire Community Pool to face Lyman Hall at 7 p.m.
Cross Country (Girls, 6-0; Boys, 5-1)
CHS boys and girls competed in a quad meet at the Surf Club in Madison. Cheshire girls scored 26 points to beat Hamden (47), host Daniel Hand (54), and Career Magnet (did not compete) to stay unbeaten.
Juniors Alexa Ciccone (19:06) and Mia Vientos (20:45) came in second and third place, respectively. Freshmen Emily D’Souza (fourth, 20:46), Ava Ciccone (seventh, 22:46), and Jocelyn Grace (10th, 23:35) rounded out the Cheshire scorers.
CHS boys came up short 29-34 against Hand, but the Rams defeated Hamden (75) and Career (132) to reach 5-1.
Junior Tyler Caron (16:55), senior tri-captain Colin Grevelding (17:20), and junior Daniel D’Souza (17:22) came in from third to fifth place. Sophomore James Boyd took 10th (18:02) and junior Jack Lengyel finished 12th overall (18:29).
On Saturday, runners travel to Farmington for the Winding Trails Invite. Races are slated to start at 9 a.m.
Boys’ Soccer (3-1)
Cheshire built a 4-0 halftime lead and went on to win 7-0 at Branford (2-2). Senior quad-captain Muluken Marchand netted his first hat trick.
Senior quad-captain Samir Dishnica tallied two goals and an assist. Senior quad-captain Kevi Sulollari netted his first goal and added an assist.
Senior quad-captain Colin Brown also had a goal and an assist. Junior Will Stearns supplied a career-high two assists and classmate Elis Sulollari had an assist.
In net, senior goalkeeper John Tarca made a save in his second consecutive shutout.
On Friday, the Rams welcome West Haven (1-1-1) at 6 p.m.
Girls’ Volleyball (3-1)
The Rams dropped their first match, 3-2, at Shelton (4-2). Check back for game scores and stats.
On Wednesday, CHS travels to play Fairfield Warde (3-1) at 6 p.m.