CHS Girls' Soccer Comes Up Short In Class LL Final

CHS Girls' Soccer Comes Up Short In Class LL Final

Coming into last Sunday’s Class LL title game, the Cheshire High School girls’ soccer team was looking to finish a historic year atop the state. However at Trinity Health Stadium in Hartford, the defending champions kept the top-seeded Rams one win shy of an unbeaten season.

Staples (third seed, 16-2-4) took a 1-0 halftime lead and then opened the second half with three goals to pave the way to a 4-1 victory. Cheshire finished with a team-best 21-1-1 record.

The Wreckers had chance to take the lead with 25:45 left in the first half, but a shot hit the cross bar and junior goalkeeper Sophie Bates followed up with a diving save.

Staples returned to score first on a goal by freshman Natalie Chudowsky with 21:32 remaining in the opening half. Bates made another save at the 8:44 mark, keeping Cheshire’s deficit at just 1-0 at intermission.

Coming back for the second half, sophomore Annabel Edwards scored three times in a span of less than seven minutes to propel Staples to a 4-0 advantage. Junior Evelyn Chudowsky had two assists in that spurt and senior Samantha DeWitt also set up a goal.

Cheshire had an opportunity on a corner kick, but a header by senior tri-captain Gabby Tirado deflected off the cross bar.

In staying persistent, the Rams snapped the shutout with 9:56 remaining. Senior Haley Shaw made a cross into the box and when the ball was deflected, freshman Abby Sink converted on the rebound.

CHS last reached the Class LL final in 2008. A member of that team, Kylee McIntosh led the Rams back to the title game as head coach this year.

After a record-setting season, Hurlbut, senior tri-captain Helene Lopez, Tirado, Amber Casner, Allie Fox, Lizzy Klem, Violet Putnam, and the Shaw sisters.

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