Local teams advance to championship games

 

Just four minutes into the Class L state tournament semifinal Tuesday, the Suffield Wildcats found themselves in very unfamiliar territory.  An early Berlin goal marked the first time this season that second seeded Suffield trailed in a game.

Suffield coach David Sullivan admitted he was concerned about how his young team would respond. As it turned out he had little to worry about.

Second-seeded Suffield rallied for a 3-1 victory over sixth-seeded Berlin in Windsor  and will advance to the L championship game on Saturday.

Taylor Budney scored for Berlin in the game’s first four minutes. The Wildcats rebounded quickly however, as freshman McKenzie Sullivan tied the game with a header 3:25 later. Just 1:22 later, Nicole Stryjek gave them the lead.

Stryjek assisted on the first goal and Sullivan on the second. Finally, Sidney Lupone gave Suffield a 3-1 lead seven minutes later when she scored on a direct kick from 25 yards out.

After the Wildcats scored three goals in 11 minutes, the game slowed down considerably, with both squads playing strong pressure defense that held the offenses in check. Jessica Cunningham finished with five saves for Suffield.

“I was very proud of how the girls handled the tremendous pressure Berlin put on us for the final 10 or 15 minutes,” said Suffield coach David Sullivan. “Two great teams giving it their all until the very end.”

Suffield (19-0-0) will play top-seeded St. Joseph (19-0-0) in the championship game Saturday at a time and site to be determined.

Sydney Lupone Nicole Stryjek 2

Photos by Matt Stevens

Photos by Matt Stevens

Class M semifinal – Enfield advances on penalty kicks

Twelfth-seeded Enfield advanced to the M tournament final Tuesday night in Middletown by defeating top-seeded Woodland 3-2 in overtime on penalty kicks.

Alyssa Remington and Jessie Sackett scored in the first half to give the Raiders a 2-0 halftime lead. Alexa Casimiro and Jess Rodrigues scored in the second half for Woodland, which held Enfield scoreless to send it to overtime.

After the teams remained scoreless in overtime, the game went to penalty kicks. Both teams failed to score on their first two shots, but Delaney Lawler  converted on the Raiders third kick, while Woodland’s went off the crossbar. Danielle Delano and Woodland’s Shae Geary made the fourth shots. With Enfield up 2-1, Raiders junior Meg Brennan made the winning penalty kick.

Enfield goalkeeper Cat Fonseca made 11 saves on the night.

Enfield (14-2-4) advanced to the state finals for the first time in program history. It will face thrid-seeded Northwest Catholic (18-1-1) on Saturday at a place and time to be determined.

Class LL semifinal

Top-seeded Glastonbury defeated fifth-seeded New Milford 4-0 Monday night to advance to Saturday’s LL championship game. The Tomahawks were led by juniors Caroline Bogue and Maddie Seymour with two goals each.

Bogue scored twice in the first half. The first score came about 13 minutes into the game and the second with two minutes remaining. On her first goal, Bogue beat goalkeeper Colleen Lynch high, while on the second she beat Lynch to her left.

New Milford’s best chance to score in the first half came early, but Monica Baxter hit the crossbar.

Seymour gave Glastonbury a bigger lead very early in the second half, scoring 52 seconds and then three minutes in. Her first score was to the near post, while the second was over Lynch’s head. Bogue and Mara Cosentino assisted on the goals.

Ultimately, the Tomahawks held New Milford to just three shots on goal and two corner kicks. They had 10 shots on goal.

Glastonbury (22-0) will play sixth-seeded Ridgefield (17-2-3) at a site and time to be determined. GHS is looking to repeat as champions after winning last year.

Class L Field Hockey 

Top-seeded Glastonbury suffered its first loss of the season to fifth-seeded Cheshire last night in Wethersfield. The Tomahawks lost 2-1 in overtime on penalty strokes.

Cheshire scored first took the lead with 2:07 remaining on the first half on a goal by Nicole Salamone, with Samantha Simione picking up an assist on the score. Glastonbury tied the score with 15:32 left in the second half on an unassisted goal by Catherine Guanci.

The teams played three scoreless 10 minute overtimes to send the game to penalty strokes. Cheshire ended it quickly, as Simione scored on its first shot and the Tomahawks missed theirs.

Glastonbury ends the season 16-1-1. Cheshire (14-2-2-1) will play sixth-seeded Wilton Saturday afternoon in Wethersfield.

 

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