On Friday, Cheshire High School field hockey dropped a thrilling Southern Connecticut Connecticut Conference quarterfinal, falling 3-2 (6-3 in shoot-out) at Daniel Hand in Madison.
For fifth-seeded CHS (10-6-0-1), junior Sophie Vagts led CHS to a 2-0 lead. With 8:55 remaining in the first half, Vagts intercepted a pass and then scored the opening goal. She struck again with 24:59 left in regulation, converting on a pass from senior co-captain Kiley Jackson.
Facing a deficit, Hand (fourth seed, 11-6) rallied with two goals to tie the game. After senior goalkeeper Ava Pulisciano made a save on a shot by junior Shealyn Docker, senior Carly-Anna Barba scored on the rebound to end the shutout with 19:53 left in regulation.
The Tigers tied the game with four minutes left in the second half, as Docker scored on a feed from senior Amy Woods. CHS earned an untimed penalty corner to end regulation, but Hand cleared to ball to force overtime.
In the cages, Pulisciano (12 saves) and Hand sophomore Megan Hart (11 saves) didn’t give up a goal in two overtimes. Hand had an untimed penalty corner in the second overtime, however senior Olivia Salamone stopped a shot to send the game into a 1 vs. 1 shoot-out.
For Cheshire, senior co-captain Megan Daly tied the first session at 1-1. Hand went up 3-1, but Salamone and junior Raegan Bailey both scored to tie the frame and earn another shoot-out.
In the second session, Hand earned 3-0 shutout to clinch the quarterfinal victory. Woods, who scored both of her strokes, tallied the game-winner.
Hand went 3-0 against CHS this year, with all three wins coming by a single goal. Cheshire now awaits seeding for the Class L Tournament.
Boys’ Soccer (10-5-1)
In the SCC quarterfinals in Middletown, CHS (sixth seed) came up just short in a 2-1 loss (3-1 in penalty kicks) at third-seeded Xavier (13-2-2). In the 17th minute, Cheshire went up 1-0. On a free kick by senior co-captain Jack Loura, the ball was deflected off senior Denys Fuentes to senior Rob Fritz, who netted a goal on the play.
Xavier senior Alec Sotomayor scored to tie the game in the 21st minute and the game remained deadlocked through overtime. In penalty kicks, senior co-captain Thomas Bonitz put in a goal, but senior Brendan Montano, junior Jason Sally, and senior Fabian Morales also converted to propel Xavier into the semifinals.
Junior goalkeeper Matt Pisani made a save for the Rams, who have dropped three one-goal games to the Falcons this fall.
The Rams will now transition to the Class LL Tournament.
In the State Open boys’ race at Wickham Park in Manchester, senior tri-captain Brendan Mellitt placed 17th (16:36) to earn All-State for the second straight year. Mellitt has qualified for the 85th New England Interscholastic Championship to be held on Nov. 9 (12:30 p.m.) at the same site.
To end his first season with the Rams, junior Ryan Farrell finished 84th (17:33) in the State Open.
Freshman Hannah Tao made her SCC final debut, placing 11th (269.85) at Sheehan.
On Saturday, the SCC swim qualifier will run at the Cheshire Community Pool. Start time is 5 p.m.
Remainder of Saturday’s varsity schedule:
Girls’ Soccer (12-2-2)
As the top seed in the SCC Tournament, Cheshire hosts Daniel Hand (eighth seed, 6-7-3) in quarterfinal action at 6 p.m. In winning the Housatonic Division title with a 7-0-1 record, CHS beat the Tigers on Oct. 2 (2-1) and Oct. 24 (1-0).
Girls’ Volleyball (14-4)
For first-round action in the SCC Tournament, Cheshire (third seed) hosts Hamden (14th seed, 9-11) at 6 p.m. CHS beat the Green Dragons 3-0 on Oct. 2 and Oct. 25 en route to winning their fourth consecutive Hammonasset Division title (8-0).