Local roundup: East Lyme girls advance on penalty kicks
East Lyme — Regulation and two overtime periods didn't settle Monday's Class L second round girls' soccer game between unbeaten East Lyme and Brookfield.
Neither did one round of penalty kicks.
Top-seeded East Lyme finally secured the win when sophomore Megan Holt scored on the ninth penalty kick in the shootout for a 6-4 edge. The score was tied 1-1 after overtime.
"It gave me a heart attack," coach Rachel Redding said. "What's nice about our girls, they fight for every win. That's what they did here."
With the victory, the Vikings (17-0-2) advance to the quarterfinals, hosting No. 9 Wilton at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Bridebrook Park.
East Lyme took a 1-0 lead late in the first half when Meredith Moore scored on a header off a pass from Sam Lee. No. 16 Brookfield answered, scoring early in the second half on Carly Cabbol's goal.
Neither side could break the deadlock. Through the first round of five penalty kicks, both teams converted three times. Holt finally won it for the Vikings.
In other games:
• Mackenzie Nagy scored on a penalty kick with 30 seconds left in the first half to give No. 5 St. Bernard a 1-0 win over No. 12 Shepaug Valley of Washington in the Class S second round. The Saints (11-3-4) will play at No. 4 Old Lyme on Wednesday at 2 p.m. St. Bernard outshot Shepaug, 14-1.
• Lexi Sibley scored twice and Sloane Sweitzer added two assists as Old Lyme blanked No. 13 Windsor Locks, 3-0, in the Class S second round. Meredith Aird also scored for the Wildcats (14-3-1), Hannah O'Brien had an assist and goalie Meredith Britton made two saves.
• Valley Regional/Old Lyme's comeback from a 20-9 halftime deficit came up just short, as it fell to Cromwell, 20-17, in the Pequot Football Conference Sassacus Division.
The Warriors (5-3, 5-3) closed to within striking distance about midway the third quarter. After Justin Cheverier's 10-yard touchdown run, kicker Ricky Harrison threw a two-point conversion pass to Chris Jean-Pierre to cut the gap to 20-17. But they failed to score on two final fourth quarter drives.
Cromwell's Derrick Villard rushed for 257 yards on 37 carries and scored on touchdown runs from 56 and eight yards out. The Panthers (7-2, 7-2) scored 20 points in the second quarter. Valley/Old Lyme quarterback Phil Cohen scored on a one-yard run and completed 11-of-20 passes for 167 yards. Harrison booted a 37-yard field goal.
• No. 5 Terryville ended No. 20 Old Lyme's impressive run in the Class S tournament, beating the Wildcats 25-18, 25-21 and 25-16 in the quarterfinals. Lindsey Knepshield had four kills and eight digs, Paige Palenski had 13 assists and 11 digs, Amanda Burke had nine digs and three kills and Nora Syed had four kills and 11 digs for Old Lyme, which finishes 11-10.
• UConn earned the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Division I tournament will host either Boston College or Northeastern in the second round on Sunday at 1 p.m. As one of the top four overall seeds, the Huskies (15-3-1) will play at Morrone Stadium through the quarterfinals. BC (8-5-5) will play at Northeastern (13-2-4) on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the first round. Tickets ($6 adults, $4 youth and seniors) are available at UConnhuskies.com or by calling 1-877-AT-UCONN.
• UConn senior Nick Williams was named Big East Special Teams Player of the Week for helping lead the Huskies to a 24-17 win over Pittsburgh on Friday night. Williams finished with 160 all-purpose yards, including an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown, his second of the season and the fourth specials teams TD of his career. He also became UConn's career leader in return yardage (2,389), breaking the old mark of 2,277 set by Larry Taylor from 2004-07. In addition, the Big East announced that UConn's Nov. 24 game at Louisville will begin at noon and be televised on SNY.
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