CHS women’s soccer, women’s swimming and field hockey teams claim SCC crowns on Thursday, Rams women’s V-Ball reaches final

On Thursday at West Haven High School, Cheshire High School women’s soccer used a rally to stay undefeated and win the Southern Connecticut Conference title. Top-seeded CHS scored twice in the second half to erase a 1-0 deficit and win 2-1 against defending champion Mercy (second seed, 15-3-1).

The crown was Cheshire’s eighth overall and first since 2016. The Rams had not beaten Mercy since 2014.

For only the second time this year, the Rams have trailed in a game. With 29:05 remaining in the first half, second-year Julia Salley sent a free kick into the right corner of the net to put Mercy ahead 1-0.

Down at half-time, the Rams were aggressive and their pressing paid off on a corner. After receiving a pass from sophomore Ava Sink, senior tri-captain Anna Hurlbut fired a laser shot into the top right of the net to tie the game with 27:59 remaining.

Cheshire clinched the game winner with 3:15 left. On a scramble down the middle, Sink sent a pass to senior tri-captain Gabby Tirado, who dribbled down the middle with a defender and fired the ball into the net.

Junior goaltender Sophie Bates made four saves in the win.

Tirado was awarded the SCC Tournament MVP. She was also voted player of the year.

Hurlbut joined Tirado on the All-SCC First Team. Seniors Haley Shaw and Allie Fox made the second team.

The Rams are the top seed for the Class LL tournament. Support has not yet been released.

Field hockey (second seed, 14-4-1)

In the CSC final at Amity in Woodbridge, Cheshire won a 2-1 Branford (fourth seed, 12-5-1-1) to secure their first tournament crown since winning three in a row in 2011-13.

CHS took the lead with just 16 seconds left in the first half. On a penalty corner, three-time senior captain Colby Paul scored on a pass from Reilly Whalen senior.

With 3:36 left in the third quarter, Branford tied the game on a penalty kick from senior Lauren Kendrick.

When it looked like the game could go to overtime, the Rams struck with just 29 seconds left. After assists from seniors Clara Dempsey and Taya Buntin through the middle, Ava Matikowski turned and kicked the ball into the cage for the game winner.

After making 10 saves, junior goaltender Ginny Curello was named the CSC Tournament MVP. CHS won both meetings with Branford this fall.

A 2015 CHS graduate, head coach Kya O’Donnell was part of Cheshire’s four SCC crowns.

Buntin, Curello and three-time senior captain Gigi Ranoldo made the All-SCC first team. Senior Ava Harris was chosen for the second team.

CHS is now awaiting seeding for the Class L tournament.

swimming girls

After seeing their nine-year reign ended by Amity last fall, CHS regained the CSC’s No. 1 spot at SCSU. The Rams compiled 1,226 points to win title contention for the 27th time in 29 years.

Three-time senior captain Avery Potyrala and junior Julia Barto (competition swimmer) both contributed to four wins. To start the encounter, they teamed with sophomore Natalia Gajecki and three-time senior captain Julianna Tyler to win the 200-yard medley relay (1:47.32).

Individually, Potyrala won the 50-yard freestyle (24.10) and 100-yard backstroke (58.03), while Barto won the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.68) and 100-yard butterfly (57 ,14). In the butterfly, Barto held off Amity senior Grace Mahon (57.30).

Potyrala, junior Grace Hanke, Gajecki and second Carly Cahill sprinted to victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:38.92). Barto, Cahill, Hanke and Tyler won the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:39.28).

Tyler won the 500 yard freestyle in 5:11.90. Sophomore Julia Tejeda came in third (5:25.27).

For the 200-yard freestyle, Barto, Tyler (1:56.79) and Hanke (1:59.48) took the top three spots.

Gajecki (58.83) and Cahill (54.99) clocked the fastest times in the 100-yard freestyle. In the 200-yard individual medley, Gajecki was second (2:10.13).

Cahill and senior Vanessa Squillante placed fifth (25.48) and 10th (26.49) respectively in the 50-yard freestyle. Squillante was eighth in the 100 free yards (57.09).

Hanke was eighth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.83), while classmate Morgan McDonough was ninth in the 200-yard freestyle (2:05.28) and 100-yard butterfly (1:03.39). Rookie Leah Dale placed 10th in the 500-yard freestyle (5:48.48).

Prior to the final, Potyrala (Swimmer of the Year) and Matt Traub (Coach of the Year) received SCC Division I awards.

On Nov. 9, the Rams begin Class L with the diving final at Middletown High School. Departure time is 5:30 p.m.

women’s volleyball (first seed, 20-2)

CHS extended their winning streak to 12 games, posting a 3-0 (25-11, 25-10, 25-19) win over fourth-seeded, 16-6 Guilford in the CSC semi-finals . Three-time senior captain Avery Mola recorded 16 kills, three digs and two aces.

Senior Mimi Perlini compiled 13 assists, five digs and three aces. Senior Kat Ulicki had seven kills, two aces, two digs and a block.

Sophomore Eva Catalanotto had four aces, four kills, two blocks and two digs. Senior Alex Lucas provided four aces, four digs and three kills.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., the CHS are chasing a third consecutive CSC title against Amity (3rd seed, 18-3) in West Haven. Cheshire beat the Spartans 3-1 on September 27 and October 17.

The Rams have a record 15 crowns.

boys soccer

On Thursday, senior quad-captain Samir Dishnica was named SCC Player of the Year. He also made the All-SCC first team along with fellow senior quad-captains Muluken Marchand and Kevi Sulollari.

Senior quad-captain Colin Brown and senior Zach Chen were the second-team winners.

The Friday university program:

girls cross country

Cheshire heads to Wickham Park in Manchester for the State Open at 2 p.m.

Soccer (5-2)

CHS visits Shelton (4-3) to play at 7 p.m.

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