In Wednesday’s regular-season finale, Cheshire High School girls’ soccer battled Sacred Heart Academy (9-5-1) to a 6-6 tie. Despite the draw, the Rams still tied the 2007 team for the best regular-season record (15-0-1) in program history.
CHS started fast on Wednesday, jumping out to a 3-0 lead. In scoring twice to open the game, sophomore Ava Sink set a personal-high goal total.
Just 2:20 into the game, Sink scored after controlling a header by senior tri-captain Gabby Tirado. Next on a free kick by senior tri-captain Anna Hurlbut, Sink converted on a header for a 2-0 lead with 34:18 remaining in the first half.
The Rams extended the lead at the 23:35 mark. This time, senior Haley Shaw sent a long pass to Tirado, who sprinted down and kicked the ball into the right corner of the net.
Back on Sept. 27, Cheshire also struck first in a 2-0 shutout at SHA, but this time, the Sharks staged a rally in the first half. Junior Jillian Sansone (23:10), senior Juliana Garcia (18:42), and junior Jocelyn Kingsley (17:50) scored consecutively to tie the game at 3-3.
Garcia’s goal came on a penalty kick.
CHS regained the lead on goal by Tirado with 12:30 left in the opening half, but SHA was awarded another penalty kick at the 7:20 mark and junior Adrina Tuozzoli converted to tie the game at 4-4.
The teams remained deadlocked until CHS broke through with 24:28 remaining. On a corner kick, junior Stella Tessier controlled the ball on the right side and passed into the middle to Tirado, who tipped the ball back to Shaw for goal.
SHA freshman Maya Collins scored to tie the game with 10:34 left.
Cheshire answered with 4:32 remaining. Hurlbut sent a free kick into the box and Tirado deflected the ball into the net.
CHS held a 6-5 lead, but the Sharks came back to tie the game for the last time on a transition shot by Garcia with 2:17 left.
For Cheshire, junior goalkeeper Sophie Bates made four saves.
CHS has locked up the top seed in the Southern Connecticut Conference Tournament. On Saturday, they will have a home quarterfinal against an opponent to be announced.
Girls’ Volleyball (18-2)
The Rams rallied to win 3-1 (22-25, 26-24, 25-14, 25-12) at Farmington (8-11), ending the regular season with 10 consecutive victories.
Senior tri-captain Avery Mola tallied 20 kills and seven digs, while senior Kat Ulicki posted 12 kills (personal high), two aces, and two digs.
Senior Lauren Samela compiled a career-best 16 digs. Classmate Alex Lucas contributed eight kills, five digs, and four aces.
Senior tri-captain Sophia Surato recorded 23 assists and two digs. Senior Mimi Perlini supplied 15 assists, three digs, and two aces.
Cheshire has earned the top seed in the SCC Tournament. After a bye in the first round, the Rams will play the winner of West Haven (eighth seed, 12-8) and Sacred Heart Academy (ninth seed, 10-8) for quarterfinal action on Nov. 1.
Field Hockey (11-4-1)
To end the regular season, the Rams fell 3-1 to Daniel Hand (11-4-1). Hand went 2-0 against CHS in the regular season.
In the rematch, the Rams struck first with 11:13 remaining in the first quarter. Senior tri-captain Gigi Ranoldo passed ahead to senior Taya Buntin, who swept the ball into the cage.
The Tigers responded when sophomore Bridget Waters put in two goals just 14 seconds apart (6:30, 6:16). Sophomore Morgan Mastrobattisto and junior Jordan Kells picked up assists.
Hand added the last goal at the end of the third quarter. CHS denied the Tigers on an untimed penalty corner, but the officials awarded a penalty stroke and Kells scored on a shot to the left side.
For CHS, junior goalkeeper Ginny Curello made three saves. Hand junior Faith Minickene had five saves.
Before the game, Colby Paul (tri-captain), Ranoldo (tri-captain), Cat Palma (tri-captain), Julia Bailey, Buntin, Katelyn Daly, Clara Dempsey, Ava Harris, Elise Hurlburt, Kyla Kampf, Ava Matikowski, Autumn Mitchell, Caitlyn Rivera, Emily Rodin, Reilly Whalen, Tamara Zenzola, and manager Mallory DePaolo were honored on Senior Night.
Seeded second in the SCC Tournament, Cheshire will host a quarterfinal on Saturday at 11 a.m. The opponent has yet to be announced.