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Stonington'sGabby Soscia, right, and Ledyard's Kelly Lamb try to gain control of the ball. (Christine Corrigan / Mystic River Press)
Stonington's Taylor Hertlein challenges Ledyard's Isabelle Mercer. (Christine Corrigan / Mystic River Press) SHS Kaeli Nova, right, and Ledyard's Isabelle Mercer battle for possession of the ball.  (Christine Corrigan / Mystic River Press) Stonington's Gabby Silva gets her foot on the ball as she is challenged by Ledyard's  Emily Kowalski. (Christine Corrigan / Mystic River Press

One goal lifts Colonels past Bears


STONINGTON — Ledyard made a second-half goal stand up in a 1-0 win against Stonington High in Friday’s out-of-division ECC girls’ soccer game.

The Bears (7-7-2) played the Colonels (9-5-2) a lot tougher than they did in a 2-0 season-opening loss, but still couldn’t muster a goal. Stonington outshot Ledyard 10-5 on Friday.

“We had some great chances, we pretty much had the best of play, but couldn’t score,” Stonington coach Dave Walsh said. “The difference was dramatic from the opener. We got hammered in the first game, and I’d say we had the best of play (on Friday).”

Ledyard’s score came 10 minutes, 34 seconds into the second half when Carly Loy scored on a back-post run, which she converted from about eight yards out.

Stonington keeper Gabi Hoops ended up making four saves.

Walsh said the Bears had several quality scoring chances, but struck the ball wide or directly at Ledyard keeper Savannah Johnson. He said Gabby Silvia’s shot in the first half, which went wide of goal, was the best Stonington opportunity.

The loss was the first for Stonington since a 3-2 setback to NFA on Oct. 8.

The Bears went 3-0-2 over that stretch. They have struggled to score a bit, though, netting just one goal in their last three games.

Friday’s game was the last of the regular season for the Bears, who now turn their focus to the ECC tournament and the Class M tourney.

The Bears are slated to begin play in the quarterfinal round of the ECC tournament on Monday. Stonington is the eighth seed and will play either Waterford or St. Bernard. The Lancers will be the top seed if they beat Woodstock today. If Woodstock wins today, St. Bernard is the top seed.

The Bears lost to St. Bernard 4-0 on Sept. 20. Stonington fell 4-3 to Waterford on Oct. 2 and tied the Lancers 1-1 on Oct. 19.

“We played Waterford very well twice. We didn’t show well against St. Bernard, but that was really early in the season. I think we can play with either one of them. We just have to put the ball in the net,” Walsh said.

The ECC semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday at Stonington and Montville. The finals are Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Montville.

Pairings for the Class M tournament will be released next week.

FIELD HOCKEY

Stonington....................... 5

Norwich Free Academy.. 2

STONINGTON — Elizabeth Morrison scored a pair of goals for the Bears in Friday’s ECC victory.

Stonington (13-2, 12-1 ECC) jumped out to a 5-0 lead and didn’t allow Norwich Free Academy (8-6, 8-5) to take a shot until the final 10 minutes.

Meagan Dreher opened up the scoring for the Bears, scoring her fifth of the season 10 minutes and 19 seconds into the game. The goal was unassisted.

Morrison then scored to make it 2-0 with 19:44 gone by and added another 25:03 into the contest. The second goal was assisted by Jenny Sieczkiewicz. Morrison’s goals were her 20th and 21st of the season.

Molly Crowley scored a goal that was assisted by Dreher 2:09 into the second half. Casey Williams scored Stonington’s final goal 14:40 into the second half, with Crowley registering the assist. Crowley has 15 goals and Williams has scored 10.

Stonington keeper Annie Knizeski made one save and the Bears had a 25-3 shot advantage.

The Bears have one more regular-season game, traveling to Woodstock Academy on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. game.

Stonington went into Friday’s game sitting in third in the Class S seedings behind Nonnewaug (14-0-0) and Thomaston (12-0-0). Haddam-Killingworth is right behind the Bears in the seedings.

“We’re still working on our passing game and looking to get that better as we get to the state tournament,” Stonington coach Jenna Tucchio said. “We have two teams in front of us in the standings and we can’t pass them. If we win out we should stay at third.”



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