STONINGTON — Gabby Silvia’s second half goal lifted Stonington High’s girls’ soccer team to a 1-0 win against Killingly in an ECC Medium Division game on Tuesday.
Silvia’s goal was assisted by Ella Rath. Even though it was the only goal of the game the Bears created several chances and totaled 19 shots. The close score was not entirely indicative of the way the game was played.
“It wasn’t close at all, we dominated the game and held possession for probably at least 60 of the 80 minutes,” Stonington coach Dave Walsh said. “I knew it was going to come, it was just a matter of time. We just held possession and stayed patient.”
Silvia’s goal, her 10th of the season, came from a play where Rath played the ball to Silvia, who was running through the middle. The junior was able to finish with a shot over the goalie’s head.
Mackenzie Segreto was the Bears’ keeper on Tuesday and she made four saves. The toughest was a diving stop to her right in the first half.
Stonington (6-6, 5-2 ECC-Medium) beat Killingly (3-9, 1-6) by a 4-1 count earlier this season. The Bears continue to make a push toward qualifying for the state and ECC tournaments after getting out to a 1-4 start this year.
The 5-2 division record keeps Stonington within reach of unbeaten Waterford in the Medium.
The Bears can clinch a berth in the state tournament with a win against New London at home tonight at 6:30. The Bears play Waterford at East Lyme on Saturday at 7 p.m.
“We’re in second in the M behind Waterford. If we beat New London we qualify for states. If we can beat Waterford and Montville going out we’re hoping to have a shot at the ECC tournament, that’s our goal at this point,” Walsh said.
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EAST LYME — Stonington has come a long way since an early season scare against East Lyme and it showed Tuesday, coach Jenna Tucchio siad.
Stonington fell behind East Lyme 1-0 when the teams met on Sept. 20 before winning 2-1 on a penalty-corner goal by Molly Crowley after time expired.
Crowley did that again Tuesday at the end of the first half, making the score 3-0. Crowley scored from the left side about 8 yards out.
All three first-half goals came on penalty corners.
Margot Calmar scored the first one 9 minutes, 38 seconds into the game, converting a long rebound.
Casey Williams made it 2-0 just under 3 minutes later, assisted by Lauren Hultgren. Williams, stationed on the right post, redirected Hultgren’s shot, which was coming in from the left.
Elizabeth Morrison scored the final goal, 7:25 into the second half off a cross from Abby Blanchard.
“She made a beautiful cross. Libby controlled it, found an opening and made a nice shot. She didn’t rush,” Tucchio said.
Stonington (10-1, 9-1 ECC) had 20 shots and 20 corners. East Lyme goalie Sarah Bond made 16 saves.
East Lyme (6-4-1, 4-4-1 ECC) had three penalty corners, all in the second half.
Tucchio said everyone played well, but center midifielder Tia LaFrance Boyce closed down the middle and did not let anything get through. She also said center back Meg O’Lari and right back Emily Cassata used their speed and stick skills to further bottle up the Vikings.
Stonington’s next game is Saturday against Waterford. The game will be played at New London at 3:45 p.m.