Branford Girls' Soccer Wins SCC Tourney on Consolo's PK in OT

The Branford girls' soccer team stands triumphant after beating Shelton 1-0 in the SCC Tournament final when sophomore Sara Consolo scored on a penalty kick in overtime.
Kelley Fryer/The Sound The Branford girls' soccer team stands triumphant after beating Shelton 1-0 in the SCC Tournament final when sophomore Sara Consolo scored on a penalty kick in overtime.

Branford girls' soccer claimed the first Southern Connecticut Conference Tournament title in program history when sophomore Sara Consolo scored on a penalty kick with 2:18 left in overtime to give the Hornets a 1-0 win versus Shelton.

Consolo's PK came after a Shelton athlete took down Branford junior Tanya Altrui on a breakaway. Coach Jen Kohut opted to have Consolo take the kick and she slid one past Shelton keeper Micaela Joyce for the victory at West Haven High School.

"I was pretty confident, just because I do well on penalty kicks. I wanted to fake right and then place it left and I put it into the low corner," said Consolo. "I'm proud of our team...now we want to win states."

Hornets' junior keeper Becca Vitale made seven saves and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

"I'm incredibly proud of these kids," said Coach Kohut. "Yesterday, [senior captain] Kara Doyle told me 'we have this' and that was all I needed to hear."

Branford (13-5-1) now gets ready for the Class L State Tournament.

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