On Tuesday, Cheshire High School girls’ soccer (5-3) made a late push, but came up short in a 2-1 loss to unbeaten host Mercy (6-0) at Xavier in Middletown. The Tigers put in a goal in each half to build a 2-0 lead.
With 4:27 left, junior Olivia Jones scored from senior Ellie Pergolotti to cut the deficit in half, but the Tigers held on to beat the Rams for the second time this season. In scoring a goal in both meetings, including a 3-1 loss in the Oct. 2 opener, Cheshire is the only team to score on Mercy this fall.
Senior tri-captain Seymone Rosenberg played in net for the Rams.
Next Monday, Cheshire returns to host Lyman Hall (1-7) at 5 p.m. Before the game, the program will honor tri-captains Aish Benzy and Danielle Ellis, Rosenberg, Violet Aitken, Gabby Cole, Julia DePalma, Kristen Daddi, Olivia Gesler, Julia Hendrick, Sophie Kuhlthau, Kim Morico, Izzy Pellegrino, and Pergolotti on Senior Night.
Back on Oct. 9, CHS shut out the Trojans, 8-0, in Wallingford.
The Rams fell 3-0 to four-time reigning Class L Champion Daniel Hand (7-0), snapping a six-game unbeaten streak. Hand senior Scott Testori scored twice in a span of a minute and 16 seconds in the first half and then completed his hat trick with 20:52 left.
For Cheshire, senior co-captain/goalkeeper Matt Pisani tallied three saves, including a one-handed deflection on a shot by Testori in the first half.
Cheshire’s best scoring chance came on a header, but Hand senior Eli Davies made a diving save to keep the shutout with 24:26 remaining.
Next Monday, the Rams travel to Wallingford to play Lyman Hall (3-3-2) at 4 p.m. The rivals played a scoreless draw on Oct. 10.
Wednesday’s varsity schedule:
Field Hockey (8-0)
In a game originially scheduled for Thursday, CHS visits Hamden (1-7) to compete at 3:45 p.m.
Cross Country (Girls, 6-2; Boys, 4-3)
In the dual-meet finale at Cheshire Park, Cheshire teams face Branford. Boys are slated to run at 4 p.m. and CHS girls will follow at 4:30 p.m.