WALLINGFORD — Sophomore Gabby Tirado tallied a hat trick in the first 18 minutes to spark Cheshire girls soccer to an 8-0 SCC victory over Lyman Hall on Friday afternoon at Fitzgerald Field.
Senior Ellie Pergolotti added two goals and three assists, while goalie Seymone Rosenberg made one save for the shutout, as the Rams improved to 2-1.
“I’m not only proud of the win, but I’m proud of the way we achieved the win,” Cheshire coach Kylee McIntosh said. “We put what we planned in practice into the game and I couldn’t ask for anything more as a coach. It was nice to see a lot of people score and a lot get assists and a lot of people play.”
Tirado and the Rams didn’t waste any time getting on the board. Tirado scored on Cheshire’s first shot of the game just 50 seconds in. It was a strike from 15 yards away assisted by Pergolotti.
In the 15th minute, Tirado took a long pass over the top from senior Isabelle Pellegrino. Tirado made a few moves and put it in the back of the net for a 2-0 Cheshire lead.
Three minutes later, the sophomore struck again on a breakaway to complete the pure hat trick. Pergolotti had the assist.
“I missed a couple of other opportunities, but it was good to get those three goals in early,” Tirado said. “I was surprised I had such an early goal. It was good to get riled up for the rest of the game.”
Pergolotti set up Cheshire’s fourth goal. She found space into the right of the box, drew the defender and centered to fellow senior Julia Hendrick, who tapped the ball home in the 27th minute.
Pergolotti then got in the scoring column herself when she whistled one into the net from 25 yards out on the right side. The score, assisted by sophomore Anna Hurlbut in the 33rd minute, put the Rams up 5-0.
“I’ve been working a lot on being selfless with the ball and I’ve been playing that way a lot more,” Pergolotti said.
Hurlbut made it 6-0 at the half with an unassisted goal in the 38th minute.
Like the first half, Cheshire scored 50 seconds into the second half when Briana Geloso connected from close range.
Pergolotti capped the scoring at 8-0 with a goal in the 72nd minute.
Lyman Hall dropped to 0-3. Trojans coach Tony Crane, who once coached at Cheshire, said the Trojans are down on numbers this fall with just 22 players in the entire program.