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TUESDAY SOCCER: Five shutouts, a 7-spot and one double-shift

The goals tended to come in bunches Tuesday. Even when they didn’t, the action was pretty good.

In the case of the Southington girls, it was virtually non-stop.

Coming off a Monday night victory at home over Manchester, the Blue Knights ventured up to West Hartford and rang up a 2-0 win over Hall.

Two wins in just under 24 hours.

No word if the Blue Knights would be practicing first thing Wednesday morning.

Southington’s win highlighted a 5-4-1 Soccer Tuesday for the locals. The Maloney girls won their second straight, both Cheshire teams won and the Southington boys played perennial Central Connecticut Conference power Hall to a draw.

Here’s the full rundown.


Cheshire 1, Jonathan Law 0: Ranked No. 4 in this week’s state coaches’ poll, the reigning Class L state champs held serve with the SCC Oronoque victory over the Lawmen in Milford.

Will Stearns provided the night’s lone goal when he headed home a feed from Alex Clark in the 53rd minute.

Cheshire is now 3-0-1. Law dipped to 1-2-1.

Southington 0, Hall 0: Tommy Bissoni had a terrific bid to lift the Blue Knights to a CCC West upset over last year’s Class LL state runners-up when he put a header over the reach of the Hall goalkeeper.

The shot took a bounce and deflected off the post.

At the other end, Southington goalie Thomas Grazhdani pitched his first varsity shutout with the help of defensemen Dylan Farr, Kevin O’Neill, Connor Keegan and Brian Bregu. Grazhdani registered eight saves.

“Overall, it was very evenly matched game,” remarked SHS coach Austin Magaro. “We didn’t just sit back and look to defend. We went at them and got some good chances.”

Five to be exact, but Hall goalies Quinn Freeman and Aidan Arnold combined to stop all five.

Hall came away at 4-1-1. Southington is now 1-3-2 with Conard coming to town on Thursday.

Bristol Eastern 8, Platt 4: The Panthers were going toe to toe with the Lancers in this CCC South shootout in Meriden until goalie Gabriel Dushi suffered an injury and came out of the game in the second half.

From there, Eastern extended a 4-3 halftime lead with four of the next five goals.

Rocco Barbino notched a hat trick for the Bristol squad. Liam Sanchez-Barreto and Eddie Ansah scored twice each for the Lancers, who are now 4-1.

Angel Aguilar had two goals for Platt (2-4).

Edwin Vasquez and Efrain Brown Jr. also found the back of the net as the West Siders rallied after falling behind 2-0 in the opening five minutes of the game.

Platt, in the middle of a four-game homestand, hosts Middletown on Thursday.

Foran 2, Lyman Hall 0: The Lions (1-4) earned their first win of the season and handed the Trojans (1-4-1) their fourth defeat in this SCC Hammonasset matchup in Milford.

LH hosts Career/Hillhouse on Saturday before welcoming rival Sheehan on Monday. The boys kick off the traditional doubleheader at 5 p.m. The girls follow at 7.


Southington 2, Hall 0: Playing their second game inside of 24 hours, the Blue Knights followed up on Monday night’s 5-0 win over Manchester with the CCC West triumph over the Titans in West Hartford on Tuesday afternoon to improve to 3-2-0.

Riley Prozzo was in the middle of both Southington strikes. The Boston College-bound senior fed Lily Cooper for the first goal, then scored the second on a direct kick 30 yards outside the box.

Both goals came in the first half.

From there, goalie Margaret Miller and the SHS defense made the lead stand up. Miller had a five-save shutout.

Hall goalie Gabby Deslauries was busy with 14 saves for the Titans (2-2-2).

Maloney 2, Bristol Central 0: The Spartans chalked up their second straight win with the CCC South triumph in Bristol. They’re now 2-2-3 on the season.

Mia Carbone and Bria Benigni got MHS going, with Benigni assisting on Carbone’s goal 17:18 in.

Morgan Marcuss punched in an insurance goal by converting a penalty kick at 50:13.

The Spartans out-shot Central 12-4, including 9-2 on net. Cassidy Colacicco made the two stops to secure the shutout. Olivia Louis had seven saves for BC (0-5).

Cheshire 2, Branford 0: The Rams scored their goals in a span of 3½ minutes in the first half to notch the SCC Housatonic decision in Branford.

Ava Sink connected at 23:19 on a feed from Olivia Beach, while Ainsley Dzuira connected at 26:49 with help from Eva Fiala.

Cheshire sustained the attack, out-shooting Branford 14-2. Sophia Bates had the shutout in net.

With the win, Cheshire rebounded from Saturday’s 1-0 loss to unbeaten Mercy and improved to 5-1-1. Branford is 3-3-0.

Wilcox Tech 7, Prince Tech 1: The Wildcats overwhelmed the Falcons in this CTC matchup in Hartford.

Angela Zandri orchestrated a terrific team effort, scoring two goals and assisting on two others.

Eli Lopez was in on five goals, scoring three and setting up two. Katherine Arichavala put a pair into the net.

Celeste Cortes, Katreen Chen and D.D. Sierra-Ortiz added assists.  Azayla Yearwood recorded three saves behind a defense led by Jedualiz Quintana and Gianna Volo.

Wilcox returned home at 3-2.

Guilford 3, Sheehan 2: The Grizzlies built a 3-0 lead and absorbed two goals in the final three minutes by the Titans in a SCC Oronoque night match in Guilford.

Madeline Gasparini scored twice for the home team. Stacey Casorla and Gabby Reddy scored for Sheehan, with Olivia Cassesse assisting on both.

Guilford out-shot MTS 15-9. Meghan Keating collected nine saves in the Sheehan net.

Guilford is now 5-1-0. The Titans will take a mark of 3-3-0 into Friday’s road game at unbeaten Mercy.


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