FRIDAY SCHOLASTICS: Sheehan soccer bottles late-game lightning; Southington field hockey runs unbeaten streak to 5

WALLINGFORD — Down 1-0 and with the clock ticking under 7:00, the Sheehan girls soccer team erupted with a pair of goals to stun Amity 2-1 on Friday at Riccitelli Field.

Mia D’Angelo set up both strikes, which came in a span of 2:35.

First, D’Angelo assisted Lyndsey Bunnell on the game-tying goal with 6:45 to play. The game-winner was scored by Kate Casorla with 4:10 on the clock.

Amity had taken a 1-0 lead earlier in the half on a goal by Macie Salado, then tried to hold on as the Titans compiled a 12-4 advantage in shots.

Gabby Tessitore (6 saves) held the fort until D’Angelo, Bunnell and Casorla worked their magic.

Trinity LaValley and Meghan Keating combined on two saves for Sheehan, which now stands at 6-1-1.

Cheshire 3, Foran 1: The Rams raised their spotless record to 8-0 with the SCC crossover victory over the Lions (4-3) in Milford. Gabby Tirado, Anna Hurlbut and Abby Sink had the goals. Sophie Bates had five saves in net.

Wilcox Tech 5, Wolcott Tech 1: The Wildcats rebounded from their second loss of the season with a CTC romp in Meriden. Wilcox is now 6-2.

Boys soccer

Sheehan 1, Amistad 0: A goal by Joe Rodriguez was the difference in this non-conference meeting in New Haven.

The Titans snapped a three-game slide and improved to 3-4-1.

Field hockey

Southington 2, Enfield 1: The Blue Knights scored the go-ahead goal in the third quarter, then held onto the lead in the fourth when an Enfield penalty stroke hit the post with five minutes to play in a CCC interdivisional battle at Fontana Field.

Ava Coppola scored both goals for Southington, which extended its unbeaten streak to five games. The Blue Knights are now 5-0-1, with their lone loss coming to Simsbury in overtime on Sept. 13.

The two goals on Friday gave Southington 19 on the year. Coppola’s first against Enfield came in the opening quarter on assist from Elyse Picard on a penalty corner.

Southington goalie Morgan Lasek finished with seven saves. Katie Santos-Rodriguez had six stops and Ella Kusta scored the goal for Enfield (1-4).


Southington 174, Lewis Mills 175: Ryan O’Donnell’s medal round of 40 carried the Blue Knights to the CCC West victory over the host Spartans at Fairview Farm Golf Course on Thursday.

Southington, now 5-4, also got a 44 from Kyle Raia and rounds of 45 from Patrick DiPace, Niko Martino and Ben Taylor.

Girls swimming

Meriden Co-op 96, East Catholic 83: The city squad evened its record at 3-3 with the CCC crossover victory on Thursday at Maloney. Meriden won every event except for diving.

Addison Markoja continued her excellent freshman season with another sweep of the distance freestyles, taking the 200 in 2:02.44 and the 500 in 5:22.03.

Rylie Benigni and Sarah Kim were also double-winners. Benigni brought home the 50 freestyle (26.83) and 100 butterfly (1:04.23). Kim captured the 100 breaststroke (1:17.10) and 200 IM (2:20.33).

Madelyn Fitzgerald added first-place points in the 100 freestyle (1:22.41). Kamryn Yepez won the 100 backstroke (1:06.69).

Girls volleyball

Cheshire 3, Branford 2: The Rams bolted to a 2-0 lead, then had to dig in after the Hornets rallied to force a fifth game.

Cheshire took the openers 25-4 and 25-15. Branford answered 25-12 and 25-21 Cheshire closed the door 15-8.

The win was the fifth straight for the Rams, who now stand at 8-1. Branford is 4-5.

Avery Mola landed 21 points for Cheshire with 13 kills and eight aces.

Amelia Perlini (14) and Sophia Surato (10) combined on 24 assists. Alex Lucas factored in with six kills and four digs.

Paige Kelly (11 kills, 11 digs) and Jenna Defrancesco (10 kills, 10 digs) had double-doubles for Branford.

Conard 3, Maloney 0: Stung by their first loss of the season to Southington, the Red Wolves rebounded at the expense of the Spartans in Meriden, sweeping the CCC crossover 25-12, 25-7, 25-19. 

Conard is now 8-1, Maloney 3-5.

Keren Crespo and Ashley Case had six kills apiece for the Spartans. Crespo also collected six digs and three aces.


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