Saints beat Lions in ECC Division IV boys’ soccer battle

Oct. 1—NORTH STONINGTON — Jose Pacheco assisted on all three goals as St. Bernard defeated Wheeler 3-0 on Thursdsay in an early-season matchup of Eastern Connecticut Conference Division IV boys’ soccer leaders.

Luke Brannegan scored twice for the Saints (4-1, 3-0) and Dominic Ranelli had third for St. Bernard, which led 2-0 at halftime.

Nataniel Belchik made two saves to earn the shutout in goal.

Wheeler is 3-3, 2-1.

In other matches:

— Daimon Pollard had a goal and an assist as No. 1 Ledyard survived a test from Bacon Academy, 2-0, in an ECC Division II match. Cam Reynolds converted a Pollard corner kick in the first half before Pollard added an insurance goal with four minutes left for the Colonels (8-0, 3-0).

Paul Templeton made six saves in goal for Ledyard while Ryan Claffey made 12 saves for Bacon (5-2, 2-0).

“It was a good game,” Ledyard coach Bill Glenney said. “Bacon is definitely a team you don’t want to see in the tourney. They are very much underrated.”

— Jeremy Gibbs scored three goals while Donovan Bousquet had a goal and two assists to highlight Waterford’s 6-2 win over Windham in an ECC Division II match. Colin Palazzo and Matis Arcelus also scored goals for the Lancers (4-3, 2-1) while Danny Girard had an assist and goalie Tim Silva made five saves.

— Liam Cook scored three goals as Montville rolled to a 4-1 win over New London in an ECC Division III match. Aaron Muncaster added a goal and an assist for the Indians (4-1, 2-0) while Colby Cowan and Jack Giurleo each had assists and goalie Adonis Santiago made four saves. Jose Hernandez scored for the Whalers (4-2, 2-2).

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— Lyman Memorial and Griswold played to a 1-1 overtime draw in an ECC Division III match. Jakob Haynes, assisted by Bennett Murphy, scored for the Bulldogs (2-3-1, 1-1-1) while Aiden Christie scored for the Wolverines (4-1-1, 1-0-1). Lyman goalie Joshua Person made one save and Griswold’s Evan Merchant stopped three shots.


— East Lyme won a wild second game, 31-29, on the way to a 3-0 win over Griswold. The Vikings (6-1) won the first game 25-16 and the third 25-21. Skylar Bell had 10 digs for East Lyme while Shae McMunn added 37 assists, Ella Freed 18 kills and Shannon Pierce 17 kills. Katelyn Pasieka had eight kills and two aces for the Wolverines (5-3) while Kuranda Ruggiero had 20 assists, two aces and six digs and Sonja Matheson had nine kills and six digs.

— Grasso Tech held off Cheney Tech 25-12, 25-20, 23-25, 25-27 and 15-12 in the Connecticut Technical Conference. Daenaysha Cortes led the Eagles (3-4) with 19 service points and six digs while Sherly Caba added 13 points, 18 digs and seven kills, Emily Maciver had 11 points and Jamilette Montes had 10 points and five digs.

Field hockey

— Bridget O’Leary scored all three goals as Fitch rolled to a 3-0 win over Killingly in the ECC. Sophie Ash assisted on the second and third goals for the Falcons (4-2, 3-1) and goalie Madison Kite Gerrish made three saves.

— Sam Harris scored three goals in the first half as Stonington remained spotless in the ECC with a 7-0 win over Norwich Free Academy. Alex Fidrych added two goals for the Bears (5-1, 5-0) while Sandy McGugan had three assists, Anna Lettiere two, and Maddie Mendez and Etta Lund each added a goal. Baylee Wilderman made 14 saves in goal for NFA (2-5, 2-3).

— Sarah Healy, assisted by Gracy Lloyd, converted a corner with 15 seconds left in overtime to give East Lyme a 1-0 victory over Waterford in the ECC. Ilyanna Rivera made 20 saves in goal for the Lancers.

Girls’ soccer

— Wilcox Tech handed Norwich Tech is first loss, 2-1, in the Connecticut Technical Conference. Shelby Rice converted a corner kick from Janelle Lambert in the second half for the Warriors (4-1-1).

— Freshman goalie Olivia Kelly made eight saves as Old Lyme played Cromwell to a scoreless draw in the Shoreline Conference. The Wildcats are 3-0-4, 2-0-4.


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