Cheshire High School field hockey (6-0) battled to stay undefeated on Monday, winning 2-1 over Daniel Hand (4-2). The Tigers beat the Rams three times by a single goal last year, including a shoot-out victory in the Southern Connecticut Conference quarterfinals, but in this meeting, Cheshire jumped ahead 2-0 and held off a comeback bid.
With 11:33 left in the opening quarter, Cheshire struck first on a penalty corner. After receiving the insert pass from senior Taylor Warburton, junior Lauren Houle hit the ball into a crowd and senior co-captain Raegan Bailey tipped the ball into the cage.
CHS extended the lead to 2-0 with 10:51 remaining in the second. Junior Avery DePodesta passed to senior Sophie Vagts, who drove down to score at the left post.
Hand cut the deficit on a goal by freshman Sydney Courtmanche with 4:50 left in the first half.
Both teams threatened to score in the second half, but didn’t capitalize and Cheshire picked up the victory. In a big play, CHS sophomore goalkeeper Elise Hurlburt made a point-blank save to end the third quarter.
Cheshire junior goalkeeper Hannah Jalowiec made four saves in the first half. For Hand, junior Megan Hart tallied seven saves.
On Thursday, CHS hosts Sheehan at 4 p.m. On Oct. 3, Cheshire earned a 3-1 victory in Wallingford.
Girls’ Swim and Dive (5-0)
In a virtual meet, Cheshire defeated Mercy, 85-75, to extend their dual-meet win streak to 72. At the Cheshire Community Pool, sophomores Avery Potyrala and Julianna Tyler and freshman Julia Barto all won three races.
Potyrala was an individual winner in the 50- (25.38) and 500-yard (5:26.59) freestyles, while senior Nora Bergstrom captured the 100-yard freestyle (56.23) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.79).
Julia Barto (200-yard freestyle, 2:02.31), Tyler (200-yard individual medley, 2:18.69), and senior tri-captains Natalie DeMatteo (one-meter dive, 235.65) and Sophie Murphy (100-yard butterfly, 1:01.17), and Mary Barto (100-yard backstroke, 1:06.15) added individual victories.
Julia Barto, senior Emma Glover, Potyrala, and junior Hannah Merritt opened with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay (1:58.21). Murphy, Tyler, and freshmen Morgan McDonough and Grace Hanke teamed to capture the 200-yard freestyle (1:46.78). Potyrala, Julia Barto, Tyler, and Mary Barto combined to clock the top time (3:49.95) in the 400-yard freestyle.
For the next virtual meet against Lauralton Hall, CHS will compete from CCP on Saturday at 5:45 p.m.
Girls’ Volleyball (7-0)
CHS beat Mercy (2-5) 3-0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-17) for the second time to remain unbeaten. Mercy led 17-15 in game three, but senior tri-captain Hannah Portal closed the match with a 10-0 service run.
Portal tallied seven digs, five kills, three aces, and a block. Senior Sarah Holley compiled 20 assists, four digs, three aces, and three kills.
Sophomore Avery Mola earned six kills and four aces. Senior tri-captain Alenna Zebarth supplied five kills, two blocks, and two digs.
On Thursday, CHS visits North Haven to play at 5:15 p.m. On Oct. 9, Cheshire rallied to win 3-1 in the first meeting.
Wednesday’s varsity schedule:
Girls’ Soccer (4-1)
Winners of four straight games, the Rams host Sheehan (2-2-1) at 5 p.m.
Boys’ Soccer (3-1-1)
Riding a four-game unbeaten streak, Cheshire travels to Wallingford to play Sheehan (1-3) at 6:30 p.m.