CHS Girls' Soccer And Girls' Volleyball Teams Reach Class LL Quarters

CHS Girls' Soccer And Girls' Volleyball Teams Reach Class LL Quarters

In the Class LL Second Round on Thursday, Cheshire High School girls’ soccer (top seed, 19-0-1) stayed undefeated with a 3-1 victory over Darien (16th seed, 8-6-3). The teams played a scoreless first half, but senior tri-captain Anna Hurlbut opened the second with two goals to put the Rams ahead for good.

Hurlbut snapped the stalemate just 1:21 into the second half. She received a pass from freshman Abby Sink, made a move on a defender to reach the 13-yard line, and then lobbed a shot over Darien senior goalkeeper Jillian Fox.

Hurlbut extended the lead with 31:11 remaining. This time on a free kick from 20 yards out, she scored on another lob.

Darien rallied with a goal by senior Collette Quinn with 11:03 left. The Blue Wave followed up with a transition sequence, but a shot went wide of the left post.

Junior goalkeeper Sophie Bates and the Rams defense held Darien scoreless to end the game and sophomore Sienna Morin added the final goal with 15 seconds remaining.

For quarterfinal action on Saturday, Cheshire plays Southington (ninth seed, 11-3-4) at 6:30 p.m.

Girls’ Volleyball (second seed, 22-2)

CHS extended their win streak to 14 matches, rallying to beat Westhill (15th seed, 15-8) 3-1 (25-27, 25-14, 26-24, 25-14) in the Class LL Second Round.

Cheshire took a 24-21 lead in the first set, but the Vikings responded with a 3-0 run capped by an ace by senior Liana Bilotti. CHS earned a fourth game point at 25-24, however Westhill won the next two points to take the opening frame.

The Rams bounced back in the second set. Senior tri-captain Avery Mola, sophomore Eva Catalanotto, and senior tri-captain Sophia Surato provided service games. Three straight aces from Surato put CHS up 19-9.

Momentum shifted in game three. Westhill made a surge to take a 23-20 lead, but Cheshire came back with a 4-0 spurt to secure a game point. After the Vikings tied the set at 24-24, senior Kat Ulicki put down a kill and the Rams won the next point to take the game.

Cheshire gained separation during game four. Ulicki served on a four-point run to a 17-10 advantage.

Playing on her birthday, senior Lila Watkinson came off the bench to post three kills and a dig in the final set.

Mola came up big again for the Rams, tallying 12 kills, five aces, three digs, and two blocks. Ulicki compiled six kills, two aces, two blocks, and a dig.

Senior Alex Lucas also contributed six kills, adding six digs and two aces. Catalanotto supplied four kills, three aces, two blocks, and two digs.

Senior Mimi Perlini secured 17 assists, two digs, and an ace. Surato finished with 15 assists, three aces, and three digs.

In Saturday’s quarterfinals at 6 p.m., CHS plays Amity (seventh seed, 20-4) for the fourth time this year. Cheshire defeated the Spartans on Sept. 27 (3-1), Oct. 17 (3-1), and Nov. 5 (3-2, Southern Connecticut Conference final).

Boys’ Soccer (top seed, 13-3-1)

Due to weather on Friday, the Rams have had their Class L quarterfinal against Notre Dame-West Haven (eighth seed, 13-5-1) pushed back to Saturday at 4 p.m. The Green Knights won the first meeting, 4-1, on Sept. 13, however, Cheshire posted a 4-0 shutout on Oct. 7.

Remainder of Saturday’s varsity schedule

Football (5-3)

Cheshire travels to Middletown to play Xavier (3-5) at 1:30 p.m.

Girls’ Cross Country

For the second straight season, junior Alexa Ciccone will compete in the New England Interscholastic Championship. This year’s meet will be held at Ponaganset High School in North Scituate, Rhode Island.

Girls’ Swim

CHS visits West Hartford’s Cornerstone Aquatics Center for the Class L swim trials at 4:30 p.m.


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