SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Late goal salvages Maloney’s rough morning; Cheshire boys roll on Senior Night



MERIDEN — Maloney girls soccer players had the misfortune of starting their Saturday morning seeing goaltender Cassidy Colaccico dislocate a finger in pre-game warmups.

Then, late in a scoreless Central Connecticut Conference game with Avon, they saw their long win streak get pushed to the ropes when the visiting Falcons scored with seven minutes to play.

But, as they have in most games this season, the Spartans found a way. Mackenzie McCormack netted the equalizer with four minutes on the clock to earn Maloney a 1-1 tie.

McCormack knocked home rebound of a shot taken by Mia Carbone.

Sophie Boulier, who filled in for Colaccico, made six saves.

Maloney is now 8-1-2. While the Spartans did have their six-game win/shutout streak snapped, they are unbeaten in their last nine (7-0-2).

Avon now stands at 6-3-2.

Boys soccer

Cheshire 6, East Haven 0: The Rams made Senior Night at Alumni Field a happy one on Saturday evening, routing the Yellowjackets to improve to 5-4-1.

Samir Dishnica knocked home two goals. Marcello Pannone scored one goal and set up another. Noah Gougsa tallied two assists.

Murphy Malone also scored for Cheshire. Ajay Montagna and Kyle Irwin rang up their first varsity goals.

Andres Diosa notched his second shutout of the season.

RHAM 3, Southington 1: In a CCC morning game in Hebron, the Blue Knights got off to a slow start, falling behind 3-0 by halftime.

RHAM jumped ahead on a corner kick 11 minutes in. Sean Connolly miss-hit a cross, but it still found the far corner.

Jacob Dooley knocked in a rebound 20 minutes later and Max Sementa pushed the RHAM lead to 3-0.

The Blue Knights played much better in the second half, but could muster only a goal by Ben Taylor. 

The play generated from the backfield. Defender Kevin Hubert won a ball from an attacker and fed Trevor Sousa in the midfield, who switched fields to Dario Likaxhiu.

Likaxhiu dished to Damir Cirikovic, who was able to draw the RHAM goalie off his line before sliding a cross to a net-crashing Taylor.

Shots were 15-11 in favor of RHAM (7-2-2). Southington fell to 2-7-2.

Girls swimming

Cheshire 98, Daniel Hand 83: The unbeaten season (9-0) and the dual-meet win streak (84) live on for the Rams, who topped the Tigers on Friday night in a SCC Division I dual at Cheshire Community Pool.

Julia Barto and Avery Potyrala picked up two more individual wins to lead Cheshire.

Barto cruised in the 200-yard IM (2:13.83) and the 500 freestyle (5:19.58). Potyrala had the fast times in the 100 butterfly (1:01.49) and 100 backstroke (1:02.61).

Vanessa Squillante out-sprinted the field in the 50 free (26.55). Madelyn Forlenza took diving with a score of 186.08.

Girls volleyball

Cheshire 3, Sacred Heart Academy 0: The Rams ramped up to 15-0 with the SCC sweep of the Sharks (5-8) in Hamden on Friday night. Game scores were 25-16, 25-9, 25-11.

Avery Mola led the Cheshire charge with 12 kills, six aces and five blocks.

The Rams got additional offense from Jenna Stickney (4 kills), Tess Givens (3 kills) and Kathryn Ulicki (3 kills, 3 aces) as Grace Downing (17) and Amelia Perlini (9) combined on 26 assists.

Southington 3, at Farmington 0: The Blue Knights capped a week that opened with a division title at the VolleyHall Classic in Springfield, Mass. with a 25-14, 25-18, 25-18 CCC West sweep in Farmington.

It was the sort of night for which Southington (10-4) has come to be known this season. Setter Haley Weiner spread out her 33 assists. Katrina Possidento had a team-high nine kills. Adriana Palmieri and Morgan Birdsey were good for seven each. Gabby Ferreira and Cami Wessels had six apiece.

Pamieri added nine digs and Birdsey served up four aces. Emma Pfanzelt led the D with 11 digs.



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