Three Teams Advance to State Finals

Tolland boys soccer advanced to the Class M tournament championship game by defeating top-seeded Lewis Mills in penalty kicks by a score of 4-2. The teams were scoreless in 100 minutes of play before moving on to penalty kicks. Both teams made their first two shots, with Ryan Regan and Ryan Giroux scoring for the fourth-seeded Eagles and Geoff Gelorme and Joe Fortuna for Lewis Mills. Tolland goalkeeper Kyle Boutot blocked the opponent’s next two shots, while Mike Zimmerman and Tommy Leahy knocked in their shots for the Eagles.

Tolland had 16 shots and four corner kicks, while Lewis Mills had 11 and four. Boutot made 6 saves, while Lewis Mills goalkeeper Ben Lewis recorded eight.

Tolland (17-2-1) will face third-seeded Bacon Academy (17-1-2) in the championship at Middletown High Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

Ellington Girls Volleyball Defeats East Haven in Class M Semifinals

Seventh-seeded Ellington beat sixth-seeded East Haven 3-1 on Wednesday night in Plainville. It won the first set 25-18 before losing the second 18-25, but the Knights rebounded by winning the final two sets 25-18 and 25-14.

Cassie Holmes had 22 kills and nine digs and Erin Wardrop recorded 17 kills and five digs. Bethany Bahler led Ellington with 25 digs.

“Our team has progressed immensely from the start of season when we were 0-2.  We are working together well on the court, staying calm, and playing to our strengths,”head coach Allison Watras said. “Cassie and Erin, my senior captains and two middle hitters, are the rocks that our team stands on.  They make great plays when we need them the most and complement each other so well. We are looking forward to a great match against Waterford in the finals.”

Ellington (17-6) will face fourth-seeded Waterford (19-4) at Berlin High Saturday afternoon at 1:00. It is the program’s second appearance ever in the state finals. It lost to Hale Ray in 1982,

Glastonbury Boys Soccer Defeats Hall in Semifinals 

Top-seeded Glastonbury defeated 13th-seeded Hall  2-1 on Wednesday night to advance to the Class LL championship. It will face Darien in the finals.

Glastonbury took a 1-0 lead with 8:20 remaining in the first half when Jacob Gardner scored on a scramble up front. The Tomahawks then increased their lead to 2-0 with 6:10 remaining in the game when star Nick Kapelewski scored. Hall’s Eli Perry scored in the final minute, but it was too late.

Glastonbury (17-2-0) will face 11th-seeded Darien (14-1-5) on Saturday at West Haven at 1:00 p.m. The program beat Farmington 2-1 in overtime last season to win the championship and tied Ridgefield 1-10 in the 2013 championship.

 

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