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Cheshire High School field hockey (top seed, 15-2) secured their fifth straight shutout on Saturday, beating Sacred Heart Academy (eighth, 4-10-2) 5-0 in a Southern Connecticut Conference quarterfinal. In beating SHA for the second time, CHS received a goal and two assists from seniors Emma Farrel and Olivia Larson. Senior Michelle Federico, junior Kya O'Donnell, and freshman Alyssa Stevens also put in goals. Junior Mikayla Crieger tallied an assist. Senior goalkeeper Maddy Levy posted a save.
The Lady Rams will meet Branford (fifth) for the third time in Monday's semifinal at Daniel Hand. Start time is 5:30 p.m. Branford won 1-0 at Amity (fourth). Cheshire defeated Branford on Sept. 13 (2-0) and Oct. 4 (5-3). CHS is going for their third straight title.
Girls' Soccer (fourth, 13-4)
In their third meeting with Amity (fifth, 11-3-3), the Lady Rams lost 2-1 in a SCC quarterfinal. The defeat ended a nine-game win streak. Cheshire led 1-0 after junior Hannah Bonitz scored 12 minutes and 22 seconds into the game. Senior Erin Albrecht had the assist.
Amity sophomore Alexa Gibbs tied the game 1-1 with 14:37 remaining. The game-winner from Amity freshman Jacquelyn Smith came with 10:44 left.
Freshman Zoe Riccio had five saves. Amity junior Zoie Reed made nine stops. Amity leads the series 2-1 and advances to play top-seeded Guilford on Monday at Bittner Park. Start time is 7 p.m. Cheshire girls await seeding for the Class LL Tournament.
Led by junior Russell Adam (20th, 17:01), Cheshire boys finished seventh (163 points) in the Class LL Championship at Wickham Park in Manchester. Junior Mark Fusco (28th, 17;13), seniors Trey Phillips (32nd, 17:18) and Lucas Marcouiller (34th, 17:19), juniors Steve Caldwell (54th, 17:40) and Ryan Shalagan (73rd, 18:03), and sophomore Jordan Kolpak (106th, 18:36) also contributed to the team qualifying for next Friday's State Open at 2 p.m. Cheshire last reached the meet as a team in 2009.
After taking 22nd (20:41) in the girls' race, junior Natalie Wickenheisser also secured a trip to the State Open (2:45 p.m.).
Cheshire girls ended their team season with eighth place (262) at Wickham. Senior Erin Strahley (47th, 21:28), freshman Camille Lewis (63rd, 21:52), junior Liz Cunningham (69th, 22:01), seniors Kimmi Grove (74th, 22:09) and Kelley Jefferis (89th, 22:44), and freshman Maya Kreidwise (95th, 22:51) followed Wickenheisser.
The Lady Rams will lose 17 girls to graduation.
Girls' Volleyball (top seed, 20-0)
Cheshire hosts Housatonic Division rival Sheehan (ninth, 11-10) in Monday's SCC quarterfinal at 6 p.m. Sheehan beat host Daniel Hand (eighth, 10-9) 3-1 (25-10, 15-25, 25-10, 25-15) in Friday's First Round. Cheshire swept Sheehan 3-0 on Sept. 25 and Oct. 14. CHS is the two-time defending SCC Champion and has nine crowns (SCC record).