WEST HARTFORD — Southington boys soccer coach Dave Yanosy readily proclaimed it a beautiful shot.
Clay Courtmanche trapped a ball off his chest and, before it hit the ground, sent a volley looping goalward from 35 yards out. Perfectly placed, the ball found net just below the crossbar.
A piece of art, and a heartbreaker for Yanosy and his Blue Knights.
The Courtmanche classic extended a 1-0 Hall lead with just under 12 minutes to play in Tuesday’s CCC West-Colonial clash in West Hartford. The Warriors went on to beat Southington 3-0, getting another late strike from Drew Seguro.
Evan Jones staked Hall to a 1-0 advantage 13:17 into the game.
Max Kalsner Kershen made seven saves in posting the shutout for the Warriors, who were playing their season opener. John Griffin had 10 stops for Southington (1-1), which had beaten Conard in its season opener.
Maloney 0, Berlin 0: The Spartans had the better of the chances in this CCC South-Colonial night game at Falcon Field, but couldn’t dent Berlin goalkeeper John Addamo.
Addamo made six saves, including one in overtime, as the Redcoats and Spartans played to the scoreless draw in the season opener for both teams.
Maloney out-shot Berlin 10-4. Maloney goalkeeper Devin Juan did not have to make a save.
Middletown 3, Platt 0: Gael Badibanga was good for two goals and Joao Oliveira added a single tally for the Blue Dragons in the CCC South-Colonial win in Middletown.
Connor Vogel recorded two saves in the shutout. Cameron Germe had nine saves for Platt, which also got strong games from defensive backs Michael Adu and Xavier Febles.
The game was the season opener for both teams.
Xavier 2, Lyman Hall 1: Alec Sotomayor split the LH defense and scored his second goal of the game with 2:46 left to snap a 1-1 tie and lift the Falcons to the SCC crossover win in Middletown.
Sotomayor had staked Xavier to a 1-0 lead.
Tyler Stowik answered for the Trojans with 24:11 left in regulation. He was set up by Lou Rodriguez, who collected a cross from Declan Turbett at the far post and passed it to Stowik.
LH keeper Jameson O’Connell recorded nine saves as the Trojans played their season opener. Christian Wade had five stops for Xavier (2-0).Girls soccer
Southington 1, Hall 0: Abby Sowa’s unassisted goal at 36:30 stood as the game-winner as the host Lady Knights notched their second 1-0 CCC West-Colonial win of the season over a West Hartford school.
Olivia Sherwood, following up on her win over Conard, posted her second shutout with four saves.
Cheshire 1 Daniel Hand 1: Lila McNamee had the goal for the Rams in their draw with the Tigers in a SCC crossover under the lights of the Surf Club in Madison.
McNamee was assisted by Marisa Brough. Violet Aiken, making her first start in the Cheshire net, had six saves.
The Rams, coming off a 2-2 tie with Guilford, are 0-0-2. Hand was playing its season opener.
Berlin 7, Maloney 0: The Spartans fell to 0-2 and the Redcoats improved to 2-0 in this CCC South-Colonial afternoon game at Falcon Field.
Abby Lespier had a remarkably busy night in net for Maloney. The sophomore piled up 26 saves.
Ashley Wenzel led Berlin with a hat trick. Maxine Muscatello scored twice.
Middletown 5, Platt 2: The Blue Dragons got the upper hand on the Panthers in a CCC South-Colonial game in Meriden.
Middletown improved to 2-0. Platt fell to 0-2
Hamden 2, Lyman Hall 0: The Green Dragons blanked the Trojans in a SCC crossover in Wallingford, getting a goal in each half and five saves from goalie Paige Campbell.
Olivia Maxwell scored an unassisted goal for Hamden in the 37th minute. Caroline Ennis set up Keegan Bailey in the 63rd minute.
Hanna Blanchard had three saves for the Trojans, who were playing their season opener. Hamden improved to 3-1.
Amity 2, Sheehan 0: The Titans dropped their season opener at home, falling to the Spartans (1-1) in a SCC crossover.
Both Amity goals came in the second half. Audrey Martin had them both.
Goalie Grace Lodewick kept Sheehan at bay with six saves. Anna Medici had three stops for Sheehan.