On Wednesday, Cheshire High School field hockey (top seed, 11-1) came up a win shy of earning the first unbeaten season in team history, falling 5-1 to Guilford (second seed, 12-1-0-1) in the Southern Connecticut Conference Division A final at CHS. The Rams beat their rival, 3-1, on Oct. 8 to snap the program’s 33-game win streak, but in the rematch, Guilford scored twice in the second quarter to break a 1-1 tie and then added two more goals en route to winning their third straight tournament title.
Just two minutes and 33 seconds into the title game, Guilford jumped ahead when senior Izzy Gurnham scored on a pass from senior co-captain Hannah Tillier.
CHS tied the game on a penalty corner with 5:45 left in the first quarter. After passes by senior Taylor Warburton and junior Lauren Houle, senior co-captain Raegan Bailey sent the ball into the cage.
The rivals ended the opening quarter tied at 1-1, but Guilford seized the lead for good in the second. Tillier scored on a pass from junior Maddie Epke with 6:12 left in the frame and then the teammates reversed roles on the next goal that put Guilford up 3-1 with 56.7 seconds remaining in the first half.
With 2:39 left in the third quarter, Guilford sophomore MJ Santa Barbara scored the fourth goal on a chip shot that rolled into the cage. Senior Ella Kagan earned an assist.
To cap the scoring with 9:44 left, Epke converted on a back-hand shot to the right side of the CHS cage.
For CHS, junior goalkeeper Hannah Jalowiec compiled nine saves and sophomore Elise Hurlburt came off the bench to get a save in the fourth quarter.
Senior Eve Young made eight saves for Guilford.
Cheshire will graduate Bailey, senior co-captain Tarana Eldredge, Carley Allen, Hannah Brennan, Stephanie Burke, Megan Crowley, Leah Escoto, Danielle Floyd, Kristina Phillips, Kendall Ugrin, Sophie Vagts, Sophia Vaill, and Warburton from this year’s team.
Girls’ Soccer (8-3)
Cheshire gained redemption in the SCC Division C semifinals. After falling 1-0 to Sheehan on Oct. 20, Cheshire (third seed) avenged that loss with a 3-0 victory over the Titans (second seed, 7-3-2) in Wallingford.
In the rematch, Cheshire did all of their scoring in the first half. With 26:50 left in the frame, senior Ellie Pergolotti scored the opening goal from sophomore Gabby Tirado.
Pergolotti came back to assist on the second goal by sophomore Helene Lopez with 14:56 left in the half. Just a minute and two seconds later, Tirado netted the last goal on a penalty kick.
Senior goalkeeper/tri-captain Seymone Rosenberg picked up her fifth shutout of the year. During a current three-game shutout streak, the Rams have outscored the competition, 18-0.
On Friday, Cheshire will travel to Middletown to face host Mercy (top seed, 10-1) for the third time in the SCC final at Xavier. Start time is 5:30 p.m.
CHS aims to avenge losses to the Tigers in the Oct. 2 opener (3-1) and on Oct. 27 (2-1).
Girls’ Volleyball (12-1)
In the SCC Division B semifinals, top-seeded Cheshire won 3-0 (25-11, 25-18, 26-24) over Sheehan (fourth seed, 7-7) to sweep the season series. The Titans looked to extend the match in building a 24-20 lead in game three, but the Rams erased four game points during a 6-0 spurt to clinch the victory. Along with serving on that final run, senior Sarah Holley earned 23 assists, six digs, and four aces.
Senior tri-captain Alenna Zebarth compiled a personal-best 10 kills, adding two aces and a block. Sophomore Avery Mola tallied eight kills and joined Holley with four aces.
In Friday’s title match, Cheshire puts their four-match win streak on the line against visiting North Haven (third seed, 6-4) at 5 p.m.
The Rams beat NH, 3-1, on Oct. 9 and Oct. 22.
Thursday’s varsity schedule:
Boys’ Soccer (5-3-2)
For the SCC A Division semifinals, the second-seeded Rams host third-seeded North Haven (4-4-1) at 4 p.m. On Oct. 6, Cheshire earned a 5-2 victory over NH to pick up their first win.