On Friday, Cheshire High School girls’ soccer (6-3) ended the regular season with a celebratory atmosphere. In the program’s Inaugural Theresa’s Battleship Foundation Play In Purple Game, the Rams raced out to a 6-0 halftime lead en route to winning 8-0 over Hamden (4-6). CHS outshot their division rival, 17-2, on the way to sweeping their regular-season series.
Cheshire took the lead for good with 31:20 left in the first half. On a corner kick, junior Olivia Jones settled the ball in traffic and scored the opening goal.
Senior Ellie Pergolotti put in the next two goals. After picking up an assist on Pergolotti's second tally, sophomore Gabby Tirado returned to net the next three goals on respective passes from Pergolotti, sophomore Anna Hurlbut, and Jones.
With 15:28 remaining in the game, junior Briana Geloso found space on a run down the field and scored the seventh goal. Sophomore Helene Lopez tallied the last goal with 5:05 left.
Senior goalkeeper Seymone Rosenberg made two saves, including a point-blank deflection with 18 minute remaining. She picked up her third shutout of the year.
Along with wearing purple shirts, Cheshire also raised awareness and accepted donations for Theresa’s Battleship. A 2012 CHS graduate and former soccer and tennis co-captain, Theresa Fitzpatrick co-founded the battleship in her senior year.
Fitzpatrick was diagnosed with cancer in high school and passed away in 2013. In her memory, Theresa’s Battleship has raised $818,924 for cancer research benefitting the Connecticut Children's Medical Center where Theresa underwent her treatment.
After honoring a former player’s memory, Cheshire is now focusing on the Southern Connecticut Conference Division C Tournament. In first-round action on Monday at 5:30 p.m., CHS (third seed) hosts North Haven (sixth seed, 1-5). Back on Oct. 6, the Rams picked up their first win, 5-1, at North Haven.
Before Monday's game, Aish Benzy (tri-captain), Danielle Ellis (tri-captain), Rosenberg (tri-captain), Violet Aitken, Gabby Cole, Julia DePalma, Kristen Daddi, Olivia Gesler, Julia Hendrick, Sophia Kuhlthau, Kim Morico, Izzy Pellegrino, and Pergolotti will be recognized on Senior Night.
Boys’ Soccer (5-3-2)
Like the girls, Cheshire boys ended the regular season with a victory (2-1) over host Hamden (2-5-1) to go up 2-0 in the season series. CHS never trailed after taking a 2-0 lead.
In the 14th minute, sophomore Samir Dishnica netted a penalty kick. Dishnica came back to assist on the eventual game-winner by junior Murphy Malone during the 43rd minute.
Hamden ended the shutout when senior Owen James scored in the 70th minute.
With the second seed in the SCC Division A Tournament, the Rams receive a first-round bye. In next Thursday’s semifinals, Cheshire hosts North Haven (third seed, 4-3-1) at 4 p.m.
On Oct. 6, Cheshire beat North Haven, 5-2, for their first victory.
Saturday’s varsity schedule:
Girls’ Swim and Dive
To end the season, Cheshire aims to win their ninth straight SCC crown. This year, the Rams will compete in Division A.
At 11:30 a.m., senior tri-captain Natalie DeMatteo and sophomore Hannah Tao will participate in the first section of diving at Albertus Magnus College.
For swimming, teams can compete virtually at their own pools from Oct. 26 through Nov. 10. After times and scores are put together from those meets, team and individual honors will be handed out.
On Saturday, Cheshire will swim from the Cheshire Community Pool at 5:45 p.m. CHS has won 25 titles in the 26 years of the SCC title meet.