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Stonington picks up big victory


STONINGTON — Stonington High’s girls’ soccer team pulled off its biggest win of the season when the Bears downed Montville 2-1 in an ECC Medium Division game on Friday.

Stonington received goals from Ali Cullen and Tara Watrous in Friday’s win.

The Bears (4-5, 3-2 ECC-Medium) have now won three of their last four and pulled even with the Indians (5-2-1, 3-2) in the Medium standings behind unbeaten Waterford and Plainfield. The loss was to Waterford on Wednesday.

The Bears opened the season 1-4, but have been playing well recently.

“I think the launching pad for us was the game against Waterford where we lost by one. We’re starting to believe in ourselves and we’re playing well for a full 80 minutes,” Stonington coach Dave Walsh said.

Stonington took a 1-0 lead when Cullen headed home a corner kick by Sara Thomas five minutes into the contest.

The Bears went ahead 2-0 when Watrous converted a penalty kick 11:25 into the second half. Stonington was awarded the PK when Montville’s keeper took down a Bear on a play that resulted in a goal just after the foul occurred.

Montville pulled within 2-1 on a Nicole Dutka goal with less than 8 minutes to play. Walsh said the Bears had several other chances to score after the Indians pulled within one.

Gabi Hoops made three saves..

Montville entered Friday’s game having outscored ECC-Medium competition 15-2. The Indians’ lone loss was a 1-0 setback to Waterford and they tied Griswold 1-1 in two overtimes.

The Bears host Norwich Free Academy out of the ECC-Large on Tuesday.

“We’re going to have to beat everyone we play in the Medium to have a shot at the ECC-Medium title. We can win going out in the Medium. We’re the only team that’s scored a goal on Waterford and we scored three,” Walsh said.

FIELD HOCKEY

Stonington....................... 6

Woodstock Academy....... 0

STONINGTON — Elizabeth Morrison scored three goals and added an assist in the Bears’ ECC win on Friday.

Molly Crowley scored two goals (6-0, 6-0 ECC) and Casey Williams chipped in with one.

Tia LaFrance Boyce and Sam Shroyer had an assist apiece.

The Bears scored four goals in the first half and two in the second.

Annie Knizeski did not need to make a single save in goal for Stonington as the Bears recorded their fifth shutout of the season. Stonington has outscored the opposition 34-1 after Friday’s result.

The Bears handled Woodstock (1-6-0-1, 1-5-0-1) and outshot the Centaurs 40-0 and had 18 penalty corners while Woodstock had one.

Stonington has a busy week next week with four games. The Bears play at Windham on Tuesday at 3:45 and play a key ECC game at Killingly on Wednesday.



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