FIELD HOCKEY: Daly’s goal sends Cheshire into quarterfinals

FIELD HOCKEY: Daly’s goal sends Cheshire into quarterfinals

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CHESHIRE – Cheshire sophomore Megan Daly scored in the seventh minute of the second half Wednesday to lift second-seeded Cheshire to a 1-0 Class L first-round win over No. 15 Ridgefield at Alumni Field.

Daly received a pass on the left side of goal from junior Kayla Sansone, who attacked from the right.

“Sophie [Cremo] passed to me a little above the post on the right side, I crossed it to Megan and she tipped it in,” Sansone said.

Said Daly: “It was a perfect pass and I just shot it.”

The goal came with 23:53 left in the match. The Cheshire defense in front of goalie Lexie Hemstock made it hold up. Hemstock (4 saves) has 10 shutouts on the season.

“It’s a team effort,” Hemstock said. “If I didn’t have my defense, I wouldn’t have 10 shutouts this season. Mia [Pulisciano] and Julia [Schaff] are our captains and are great defensive players and we have Jade [Barnes] and she really stepped up this year.”

Cheshire (15-1-1-2) now moves on to play No. 7 Staples in the quarterfinals later this week at home. The Wreckers defeated No. 10 Wilton 2-1 on Wednesday.

“We are still scrappy and are still fighting,” Cheshire coach Eileen Wildermann said. “But we have lapses and lapses can be scary. I’m really proud of how we fight. But I hope we put together a complete game against Staples because they are talented enough to capitalize on that.”

A minute before the goal, Anne Eddy hit the post with Cheshire’s top chance at scoring.

The match was scoreless at the half. But the Rams had the best of play despite both offenses getting good looks at the goal. Cheshire had 10 penalty corners to Ridgefield’s three.

Ellie Kaiser had seven saves for the Tigers. Ridgefield’s season comes to an end at 10-7-1-1.

“This is a really good win,” Wildermann said. “Their best player Katie Pieterse is the best player we have seen all year and I see why Yale recruited her as a sophomore.”

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