THURSDAY SCHOLASTICS: Sheehan swimmers zip to 5-0; Panarella pops highlight reel goal for SHS; Maloney girls in win column; Platt volleyball rebounds



Record-Journal staff

WALLINGFORD — There is an undefeated girls swim team on the local block that’s not called Cheshire. It’s Sheehan, which improved to 5-0 with a 96-85 SCC victory over Jonathan Law on Thursday evening.

The Titans won all but two events paced by double-winners Isabelle Hodum, Jae Welch and Hannah Nagy-Leranth.

Hodum swept the distance freestyles by going 2:10.82 in the 200 and 5:48.64 in the 500.

Welch won the 200 IM (2:31.71) and 100 backstroke (1:09.07). Nagy-Leranth brought home the 100 butterfly (1:09.99) and 100 breaststroke (1:19.21).

The three girls also teamed with 100 freestyle winner Kaylynn Chen to take first in the 200 free relay (1:51.57). Chen’s winning time in the 100 was 58.67.

Chen and Welch opened the meet combining with Jenna Kent and Sophie Math on the 200 medley relay (2:08.85). Savanna Bauman had the high score in diving (192.15).

Cross country

Maloney: With a time of 20:49, Maloney junior Samantha Park won the girls varsity race at Coginchaug’s Going to the Sun Invitational on Wednesday.

Park won by 22 seconds ahead of runner-up Lillian Tabellione of Portland

The Maloney boys got strong outings from Griffin DePalma (15th, 19:22), Tristyn Barnes (16th, 19:24) and Gabe Roman (20th, 19:37).

Mae Browne was 23rd in the girls race in 23:47.

Field hockey

Farmington 1, Cheshire 0: Anna Loughman’s goal 1:34 into the game stood up for the next 58:26 as the River Hawks (4-0) handed the Rams (4-1) their first defeat in a non-conference battle of unbeatens in Farmington.

Amber Wolkner had the assist on the Farmington goal. It was only the second goal allowed this season by Cheshire, which had outscored opponents 18-1 in winning its first four games.

Shelton 5, Lyman Hall 2: One of these SCC teams was going to earn its first win of the season, and the Gaels got it in Wallingford despite two goals from Lyman Hall twin sisters Bree and Brooke Foucault.

Bree Foucault knocked home a rebound shot taken by Caroline Serra. Brooke Foucault scored unassisted in the scrambling wake of a penalty corner. Both goals came in the second half.

Shelton is 1-3, LH 0-5.

Boys soccer

Bristol Central 1, Maloney 0: Nate Pirog’s goal 5½ minutes into the game stood up in a CCC South game under the lights in Bristol.

Pirog’s goal, assisted by Christian Stafford, earned the Rams (1-4) their first win.

Maloney, which had won two straight, slipped to 2-3.

BC had a 13-9 edge in shots. Maloney goalie Aiden Valerie collected five saves.

Bristol Eastern 5, Platt 0: Though the final score might dictate otherwise, Platt goalie Gabe Dushi had a strong game in net, collecting 14 saves in the CCC South game in Bristol.

Eddie Anash had two goals for Eastern, now 2-3. Platt is 1-4.

Glastonbury 3, Southington 1: The Guardians had the win, while Southington’s Noah Panarella had the highlight reel goal in this CCC West battle at Fontana Field.

Before Glastonbury got on the board, Panarella juggled a ball over his defender’s head, spun around the man and drilled a volley into the upper right corner.

“One of the best goals I’ve ever seen in person,” said Southington coach Austin Magaro. “Hands down, goal of the season across the state. Just wish it was the winner.”

It was the first goal unbeaten Glastonbury (5-0) had given up all season.

The Guardians answered with three goals, with the game-winner coming with 12 minutes to play. and the insurance with just under three to go as Southington pushed upfield in a bid to net the equalizer.

“We fought hard, and played some of our best soccer as a team, but unfortunately we couldn’t hang on,” said Magaro. “The boys gave it their all, and I’m proud of the effort and the fight.”

Southington keeper Brian Ludden made nine saves on 12 shots. The Blue Knights are 2-3 heading into Saturday’s CCC-FCIAC Challenge game with Danbury at the Farmington Sports Arena.

Girls soccer

Maloney 4, Bristol Central 1: The Spartans scored three unanswered goals in the second half to bust up a 1-1 halftime tie and secure their first win of the season in this CCC South matchup with the Rams at Falcon Field.

Actually, the Spartans (1-4) scored four unanswered. Down 1-0 after BC (3-2) struck in the 11th minute, Maloney tied things three minutes later when Mia Carbone scored on a corner kick from Macy Figlewski.

Molly Marcuss pushed Maloney ahead in the second half, scoring on a direct kick from 25 yards out and then converting a corner kick from Figlewski.

Marcuss later earned an assist when she teed up a shot and Bria Benigni buried the rebound to cap the scoring.

Maloney had the territorial advantage, out-shooting Central 14-8. Maloney keeper Colacicco registered seven saves.

Cheshire 2, Branford 0: The Rams (5-0) remained unbeaten with the SCC crossover win over the Hornets (3-2) in Branford.

Abby Sink and Haley Shaw had the goals for Cheshire. Sink and Ally Corris had the assists.

Sink’s goal, from Corris off a corner, came with just 37 seconds left in the half. Sink set up Shaw for the insurance with just over 12 minutes to play.

Cheshire goalie Sophie Bates posted her fourth shutout with eight saves. She and the Rams have now outscored the opposition 19-1.

Sheehan 5, East Haven 1: The Titans got goals from five different players in ringing up the SCC Oronoque victory in East Haven.

Stacey Casorla got Sheehan (4-1) rolling 4½ minutes into the game. Kate Casorla and Olivia Platt made it 3-0 by half.

Mia D’Angelo and Alina Santore finished it off in the second half after Gianna Mendez converted a PK for EH (0-6).

Talia Crispino, Lyndsey Bunnell, Camryn Jambor, Stacey Casorla and Platt had assists for the Titans. Meghan Keating and Trinity LaValley combined on two saves.

Glastonbury 1, Southington 0: Oh, old ghosts. The Guardians reprised their 2019 Class LL championship game victory over the Blue Knights with Thursday night’s victory in Glastonbury.

Same evenly played game — shots were 11 a side — and same final score. No late decision this time, though. An unassisted goal by Angela Chavez in the first half stood as the game-winner.

Glastonbury (4-0-1) remained unbeaten. Southington, which had won its two previous games, dipped to 2-2.

Margaret Miller had eight saves in the Southington net. Maria Radikas tallied five for Glastonbury.

Girls volleyball

Platt 3, Lewis Mills 0: The Panthers (6-1) rebounded from their first loss of the season on Wednesday night against Glastonbury to sweep Lewis Mills (4-3) in a CCC South match in Burlington.

Platt took care of business with dispatch: 25-15, 25-18 and 25-11.

Eva Dudley was all over the floor with 16 kills, seven digs and one block.

So was setter Emily Hart. She amassed 19 assists, 11 digs and seven kills.

Ariana Soto added seven kills, four digs and three aces.

Amity 3, Lyman Hall 0: The Spartans snapped the Trojans’ two-game winning run with a 25-12, 25-14, 25-11 SCC Houstonic sweep in Wallingford.

Amity, which has dropped only one set this season, improved to 6-0. Lyman Hall is 2-5.

Anna Fekieta dished eight assists for the Trojans. Sam Ralston (4 kills) and Liaza Fernandez (2 kills) were the top hitters. They also put up two blocks apiece.



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