CHS Soccer Teams Beat Rivals To Reach State Semis, Ciccone Makes Cross Country History, Rams V-Ball Drops Tight Quarterfinal

CHS Soccer Teams Beat Rivals To Reach State Semis, Ciccone Makes Cross Country History, Rams V-Ball Drops Tight Quarterfinal

In the Class LL quarterfinals on Saturday, Cheshire High School girls’ soccer (top seed, 20-0-1) battled to beat Southington (ninth seed, 11-4-4) and stay undefeated. After the teams went scoreless through regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods, the Rams won 3-1 in penalty kicks to pick up the hard-fought victory.

The Rams received a spark to start PKs, as junior goalkeeper Sophie Bates made a one-handed save on a shot by Southington senior Jessica Carr. Senior Haley Shaw made the next kick to put CHS up 1-0.

Next, Southington senior Sofia Scalise booted the ball against the left post of the net. Freshman Abby Sink followed up with a goal to extend Cheshire’s lead to 2-0.

After Southington junior Riley Prozzo sent a shot off the cross bar, the Rams had a chance to win, but Southington junior goalkeeper Margaret Miller saved a shot by junior Ainsley Dziura.

Southington junior Julia Rusiecki scored to cut the deficit to 2-1, but in the clutch, sophomore Ava Sink made the ensuing kick to the right side to clinch the victory.

Both teams had chances to score in regulation and overtime, but were unable to finish.

The Lady Knights had a golden opportunity when sophomore Taylor Walwyn received the ball in the box and took a point-blank shot, but Bates made a diving save with 32:05 left in the first half.

To end the first half for CHS, senior tri-captain Gabby Tirado controlled the ball in the box, however her shot went to the right of the net.

CHS threatened at the end of the second half, but on a corner kick by senior tri-captain Anna Hurlbut, a shot by junior defensive back Eva Fiala was saved by Miller. In overtime for Cheshire, Tirado sprinted to her right down the side and booted a shot that just missed the opposite post of the net.

In helping the Rams win in penalty kicks, Bates picked up her 14th shutout. She finished with four saves.

CHS has reached the state semifinals for the first time since 2008. On Nov. 16, CHS faces Ridgefield (fourth seed, 13-3-3) at Pomperaug in Middlebury. Start time is 7 p.m.

Boys’ Soccer (top seed, 14-3-1)

In the Class L quarterfinals, the Rams rode a fast start to a 6-0 win over Notre Dame-West Haven (eighth seed, 13-6-1). CHS jumped ahead with four goals in the opening half.

Senior quad-captain Samir Dishnica ignited CHS by contributing to the opening five goals. He scored three times to kick off the game.

Senior quad-captain Kevi Sulollari and junior Mike Mayano both assisted Dishnica.

For the fourth goal with 6:50 left in the first half, senior quad-captain Colin Brown scored on a pass from Dishnica.

With 23:38 remaining in the game, Dishnica sent a free kick into the box and Sulollari headed the ball into the net. To cap the scoring with 8:57 left, sophomore Dom Parete converted on a feed from Sulollari.

Junior Nolan Kappus (two) and senior John Tarca (one) combined for three saves in Cheshire’s eighth shutout. With the win, CHS won the season season, 2-1, with ND-WH.

For the semifinals on Nov. 15, the Rams travel to Milford to face Guilford (fourth seed, 13-4-2) at Jonathan Law. Cheshire defeated their rival on Oct. 1 (2-1), Oct. 24 (3-0), and Oct. 29 (4-0).

Girls’ Cross Country

Junior Alexa Ciccone made history in placing fifth (18:49) in the New England Interscholastic Championship at Ponaganset High School in North Scituate, Rhode Island. Along with earning All-NE honors, she earned the best regional finish ever by a CHS runner.

Back in 1987, Cheshire’s Margaret Barbour came in sixth place.

Girls’ Volleyball (second seed, 22-3)

CHS built a 2-0 lead in the Class LL quarterfinals, but ended up falling 3-2 (25-22, 25-17, 18-25, 28-30, 10-15) to rival Amity (seventh seed, 21-4). Cheshire had beaten the Spartans on Sept. 27 (3-1), Oct. 17 (3-1), and Nov. 5 (3-2; Southern Connecticut Conference final), but Amity made a late push to end Cheshire’s 14-match win streak.

For the Rams, senior tri-captain Avery Mola earned 15 kills, six digs, and five aces. Senior Kat Ulicki picked up 11 kills, two aces, and two digs.

Sophomore Eva Catalanotto earned nine kills, four aces, two blocks, an assist, and a dig. Senior Alex Lucas tallied five kills and five digs, while classmate Lauren Samela supplied six digs and two aces.

Senior tri-captain Sophia Surato collected 19 assists, three digs, and an ace. Junior Mary Nugent compiled 11 assists, three digs, and an ace.

Senior Mimi Perlini added six assists and a dig. Senior tri-captain Lizzie Braun chipped in two kills and two digs.

Mola, Braun, Surato, Lucas, Kathryn McCardle, Perlini, Carly Raucci, Samela, Taryn Ugrin, Ulicki, and Watkinson represent the biggest senior class that Sue Bavone has coached at CHS.


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