SCHOLASTICS: On a sunny Tuesday, a surge of Sola energy

MERIDEN — So, let’s see. On the first day that didn’t see rain in a month of Sundays, scholastic sports on Tuesday saw:

■Every event on the schedule actually get played.■Cheshire field hockey win its first game under coaches Alyssa Stevens and Alana Pulling.■Cheshire boys soccer commence its Class L state title defense with a 2-1 victory at nemesis Fairfield Prep.■Platt’s Erin Sola win a cross country race against Plainville and Bristol Central.

And then there’s Southington volleyball, which went on the road for a second consecutive night and came home a two-time winner, following up a victory in Simsbury with one in Stamford over Westhill.

Call them the “Knight Riders,” or perhaps the “Kerouacs.” Two separate trips to New York State and another to Mohegan Sun Arena still lie ahead.

“With the scheduling of Richard Heitz began the part of their life you could call their life on the road.”

For now, Coach Heitz and his Lady Knights are 2-1. Here’s where others stand after the first full day of the fall campaign.

Cross country

Platt: With just three runners on the roster, two shy of the minimum five needed to score, the Platt girls cross country team can’t win a meet.

That doesn’t mean Erin Sola can’t win one on her own.

The Platt senior did just that at Hubbard Park in a CCC South tri-meet with Bristol Central and Plainville. Sola was first across the 3.1-mile course, posting a winning time of 21:23.

Cheshire: While four teams were in the field for a SCC quad meet at Cheshire Park, two runners stood head and shoulders above the crowd. Side by side, they were neck and neck.

In a race that literally went down to the wire, a mere half-second separated Anna Omelchenko of Wilbur Cross (19:21.4) and Alexa Ciccone of Cheshire (19:21.9).

Led by Ciccone, the Lady Rams put five runners in the Top 10 to post a sweep. With 32 points, they outscored Guilford (56), Wilbur Cross (64) and Sacred Heart Academy (88).

Mia Vientos (21:06), Eva Curran (21:29), Emily D’Souza (21:52) and Ava Ciccone (22:12) placed 6-9.

“It was awesome to host three of the better teams in the Southern Connecticut Conference,” said coach Rob Schaefer, his team now 3-0. “To beat Guilford is a great accomplishment for our team. We are very proud of our record so far.”

Cheshire also swept the boys race, scoring 37 points to clip Guilford (39), Notre Dame-West Haven (51) and Wilbur Cross (118).

As in the girls race, the finish was extremely tight. Guilford’s Alex Hansen won in 17:45.02. Cheshire’s Daniel D'Souza was right on his heels, placing second in 17:46.77.

The Rams also got scoring from James Boyd (4th), Jack Lengyel (6th), Tyler Caron (12th) and Hanan Talipan Pinedo (13th).

Field hockey

Cheshire 5, Mercy 0: The season-opening victory for the Rams and first-year head coaches Alyssa Stevens and Alana Pulling was never in doubt at Alumni Field.

The Rams got two goals from Hannah Curtis, two assists from Tema Caplan and one of each from Sarah Goldstein.

Mackenzie Lewis and Lucy Dickenson notched their first varsity goals. Ella Paul and Caroline O’Dea had assists. Ginny Curello recorded the shutout in net.

Simsbury 2, Southington 0: Alex Loo had both goals for the Trojans in their CCC interdivisional win over the Blue Knights in Simsbury.

Addie Lasek made seven saves in the Southington cage. Josie McGee had four for Simsbury (1-0).

The Knights (1-1) had a chance to bounce back quickly. They were in South Windsor on Wednesday.

Boys soccer

Cheshire 2, Fairfield Prep 1: The one postseason blemish on the Cheshire ledger last year was a loss — on penalty kicks — in the SCC Tournament semifinals to Fairfield Prep.

The Jesuits also beat the Rams in the regular season with a last-minute goal to take the SCC Quinnipiac crown.

On Tuesday, CHS got payback, sinking Prep at Fairfield University on goals by Elis Sulollari and Will Stearns. Sulollari scored in the 27th minute off an assist from Alex Clark. Stearns converted a penalty kick in the 49th.

It was the season opener for the Rams. Prep fell to 0-1-1.

Vinal Tech 5, Wilcox Tech 4: Down 5-3, the Wildcats pulled to within one with five minutes to play and had a corner kick in the closing seconds, but missed wide.

The CTC game in Meriden was Wilcox Tech’s first under new head coach Derick Madrid.

Alex Ruiz scored twice for the Wildcats. Krystian Colbert scored one goal and set up two others.

Christian Sanchez also found the back of the net. Stephan Williams and Will Vega dished assists.

Wilcox mustered 16 total shots, putting 11 on net.

Lewis Mills 5, Platt 1: Junior Edwin Vasquez had the goal for the Panthers (1-1) in the CCC South loss to the Spartans in Meriden. The Burlington-Harwinton squad (1-0) was paced by two goals from Aleksander Swider.

Bristol Eastern 2, Maloney 1: The Spartans were fast out of the gate in this CCC South matchup in Bristol. Cristiano Cardentey scored just two minutes in assisted by Andre Peralta.

The Lancers, however, would rally on their home pitch. The game was the season opener for both teams.

Branford 2, Sheehan 0: Playing at Choate, the Titans dropped their season opener to the Hornets in a SCC crossover.

Sheehan’s freshman goalkeeper Nour Sofiane made four saves as the Hornets (2-0) outshot the Titans 6-4.

Avon 2, Southington 0: As Southington coach Austin Magaro was reminded in this CCC West matchup at Fontana Field, soccer can be a cruel game.

Not long after Avon goaltender Buster Akers turned away a game-tying bid by Southington striker Damir Cirikovic with a leg save — yes, leg save and a beauty — the Falcons (1-1) secured the win on a counter.

Braden Gilbey put the Falcons up 1-0 in the first half by converting a free kick at the edge of the box and assisted on the insurance goal with a cross to the back post.

Southington (0-2) sustained pressure throughout and had its chances — none better than when Cirikovic shook three defenders, carved out space and ripped a low shot that was on target.

“Unfortunately, the Avon keeper was able to get a leg on it and keep it out of the net,” Magaro remarked. “A fantastic save.”

Akers stopped all nine shots he faced. Kacper Tomczyk and Thomas Grazhdani split time in net for Southington and combined for seven saves on nine shots.

Girls soccer

Avon 1, Southington 0: Cara Dugan’s second-half goal, assisted by Kate Loparco, carried the 2-0 Falcons to the CCC West victory in Avon, spoiling the season opener for the Blue Knights.

Avon had a 15-10 advantage in shots. Southington goaltender Margaret Miller made 14 saves.

Maloney 2, Middletown 2: Abigail Johnson’s second goal of the game for the Blue Dragons with 10:04 left in regulation forged the CCC South draw in Middletown.

Maloney had taken a 2-1 lead in the first half when the two teams combined for three goals in a six-minute span.

Initially down 1-0, Maloney tied it up on a goal by Kiariana Williams at 28:26, then took the lead on a strike by Mia Carbone at 32:08.

Arianna Belli assisted on both Maloney goals.

Middletown (1-0) had a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks, but Maloney had an 8-7 edge in shots on goal. Maloney keeper Cassidy Colacicco secured five saves.

The tie was the second in as many outings for Maloney, which hosts Berlin at Falcon Field on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Lewis Mills 8, Platt 2: The Panthers dropped their season opener, a CCC South matchup with the host Spartans (1-1) at Nassahegan Recreation Complex.

Girls volleyball

Southington: The Blue Knights went the distance in 3-2 CCC West win in Simsbury on Monday night, then dusted Westhill in a non-conference tilt in Stamford on Tuesday.

In the process of chalking up a 26-24, 19-25, 25-21, 19-25, 15-13 decision at Simsbury, Southington put up some staggering numbers. Cami Wessels collected 22 kills and 10 digs. Alyssa Ferreira tracked down 32 digs.

The Blue Knights also got 12 digs from Megan Smith and 11 kills from Natalee Grindle. Etta Rocco (5) and Katrina Possidento (4) combined for nine kills.

In the 25-17, 25-21, 25-14 sweep of Westhill (1-2), Wessels and Ferreira were at it again. Wessels piled up 13 kills and seven digs, while Ferriera posted 15 digs. The both served four aces.

Grindle (6 kills) and Possidento (4) factored into the attack as Megan Smith dished 27 assists.

Smith also got to six digs. Paige Raines had eight digs. Gabby Wanner got to six.


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