On Monday, Cheshire High School field hockey hit a milestone on the way to moving one game away from a perfect season. In the Southern Connecticut Conference Division A semifinals, CHS (top seed, 11-0) used a hat trick from senior co-captain Raegan Bailey to propel them to a 3-1 victory over Branford (fourth seed, 6-6).
With the victory, Head Coach Eileen Wildermann reached the 200-win milestone. Since 2008, Wildermann has compiled a 200-42-9-8 record.
Cheshire jumped ahead on a penalty corner with 6:38 left in the first quarter. In receiving a pass from junior Lauren Houle, Bailey found the back of the cage.
CHS led 1-0 at halftime, but just a minute and 39 seconds into the third quarter, Branford tied the game on a goal by freshman Raiyn Fries.
In a pivotal sequence, CHS responded with multiple penalty corners and turned that pressure into two more goals in the third. In what would be the eventual game-winner with 5:26 left in the quarter, Bailey scored on a pass from senior Sophie Vagts to snap the 1-1 tie.
Bailey earned her hat trick with 2:15 left in the third, scoring on a pass from Houle. Junior goalkeeper Hannah Jalowiec had three saves, while Branford junior Nina Shamas earned 16 saves.
Cheshire has advanced to Wednesday’s final against two-time reigning SCC champion Guilford (second seed, 11-1-0-1) at CHS. Start time is 2 p.m.
Back on Oct. 8, Cheshire won 3-1 to snap Guilford’s 33-game win streak from 2018 to 2020.
Girls’ Soccer (7-3)
In the SCC Division C First Round, Cheshire (third seed, 7-3) built a 5-0 lead en route to a 7-0 win over North Haven (sixth seed, 1-6) on Senior Night. CHS outshot their rival, 26-2, in taking a 2-0 lead in the season series.
Senior Ellie Pergolotti netted two of her three goals in the first half and added an assist. Senior Olivia Gesler scored her first varsity goal to put the Rams up 2-0, while sophomore Gabby Tirado compiled a goal and an assist in the first half.
With 20 seconds second left before intermission, senior Izzy Pellegrino converted on a deep free kick to put the Rams up 5-0. Juniors Olivia Jones and Ariana Geloso added assists in the opening half.
Like Gesler, seniors Sophia Kuhlthau and Violet Aitken earned their first points in the game. With 1:35 left, Kuhlthau ran to a breakaway pass from Aitken and put in her first goal to cap the scoring.
Senior goalkeeper Seymone Rosenberg made two saves in her fourth shutout.
Before the game, Cheshire honored their senior class of Aish Benzy (tri-captain), Danielle Ellis (tri-captain), Rosenberg (tri-captain), Aitken, Gabby Cole, Julia DePalma, Kristen Daddi, Gesler, Julia Hendrick, Kuhlthau, Kim Morico, Pellegrino, and Pergolotti.
On Wednesday, Cheshire travels to Wallingford to play Sheehan (second seed, 7-2-2) in an SCC semifinal at 2 p.m. On Oct. 20, the Titans earned a 1-0 victory at CHS.