On Saturday, Cheshire High School girls’ soccer (top seed, 13-2-2) opened the Southern Connecticut Conference Tournament with a 1-0 quarterfinal victory over Daniel Hand (eighth seed, 6-8-3). CHS went 3-0 against the Tigers this year, but all of the victories came by a single goal.
Cheshire controlled play for the majortiy of the game and produced multiple scoring chances. Sophomore Ariana Geloso, who connected with her twin sister Briana on several passes in the opening half, booted a shot that smacked off the cross bar with 27:20 left before intermission. Also in the first half, senior tri-captain Marisa Brough had a shot saved at the left post by Hand sophomore goalkeeper Brooke Salutari (nine saves).
After intermission, junior Ellie Pergolotti bent a shot that was caught by Salutari at the right post. Finally with 30:40 remaining, freshman Gabby Tirado settled the ball on a deflection in the middle of the field and then turned around to send a shot into the right corner of the net.
With the Rams playing stingy defense, Tirado's goal stood up as the game-winner. Junior goalkeeper/tri-captain Seymone Rosenberg posted two saves in her 10th shutout of the season.
On Monday, Cheshire hosts defending champion Shelton (fourth seed, 10-2-4) in semifinal action at 6 p.m. The Gaelettes eliminated the Rams in last year’s quarterfinals, winning 3-2 in overtime.
Girls’ Volleyball (15-4)
In the SCC First Round, Cheshire (third seed) beat 14th-seeded Hamden (9-12) 3-0 (25-19, 25-9, 25-23) for the third time this fall. Senior Emma Watkinson collected 19 assists, two aces, a block, a dig, and a kill.
Junior Alenna Zebarth (four aces, block, dig) and senior Julia Bartiet (three aces, two blocks) both compiled six kills.
In the quarterfinals on Tuesday, CHS hosts Amity (sixth seed, 12-7) at 6 p.m. Cheshire beat the defending Class LL Champions 3-1 on Sept. 19 and Oct. 7.