Local roundup: ECC soccer semis on tap tonight
Top-seeded St. Bernard plays defending champion East Lyme in the Eastern Connecticut Conference girls' soccer tournament today at at Stonington High School.
The game is part of semifinal doubleheader that also features the East Lyme boys, while the Waterford boys and girls programs will take part in a doubleheader at Montville.
St. Bernard (14-3) will play the No. 5 Vikings (14-3) in the opener at Stonington at 5 p.m., and the third-seeded East Lyme boys (11-1-5) will battle No. 7 Stonington (11-4-2) at 7.
At Montville, No. 3 Waterford (13-2-2) meets No. 3 Woodstock Academy at 5 p.m., with the top-seeded Waterford boys (16-1) facing No. 4 Norwich Free Academy (11-4-1) at 7.
The four winners advance to Friday's championship games at Montville, the girls' final at 4:30 p.m. and the boys' final at 6:30.
All four games today are rematches of regular-season meetings. East Lyme beat the St. Bernard girls 2-1 on Oct. 4, Woodstock beat the Waterford girls 3-2 on Saturday, the Waterford boys beat NFA 5-0 on Sept. 11 and the East Lyme and Stonington boys battled to a scoreless tie on Sept. 17.
Tickets for the doubleheaders are $6 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens, whle children under-10 will be admitted for free.
H.S. field hockey
• Kara Bradley scored twice as East Lyme downed Fitch, 2-0, in the ECC. Hannah LeBeau had an assist for the Vikings (10-4-2, 8-4-2) and Sarah Bond had seven assists. Emma Nolan had 10 saves for the Falcons (5-9-2, 5-8-1).
• Elizabeth Morrison had three goals and an assist and Meagan Dreher scored twice as Stonington trounced Woodstock, 7-0, in the ECC. Meg O'Lari and Molly Crowley both scored for the Bears (14-2, 13-1) and Tia LaFrance-Boyce added two assists. Also, Annie Knizeski had four saves
• Shylia Barnes scored a pair of goals while Hannah Long had a goal and two assist to lift NFA past Windham, 6-0, in the ECC. Casey Worski, Christina Konstantinidis and Lexie DeVito also scored goals for the Wildcats (9-6, 9-5).
• Alyssa Rainey scored on an assist from Jessica Perrault as Killingly edged Waterford, 1-0, in the ECC. Jodi Weiss had six saves for Waterford (7-6-2, 7-5-2).
• Jess Muller scored for Wheeler in its 2-0 win over Griswold in the ECC Small. Jess Morgan had three saves for the Lions (6-9, 3-7), who were outshot 10-4. They also scored on an own goal.
• Paola Vangjeli scored on a direct kick after Britta Widham was fouled, highlighting Williams School's 3-1 loss to Lincoln (R.I.). The Blues are 2-8-2.
• Sarah Hills scored in the 80th minute as Coast Guard Academy rallied to tie Wellesley in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference. Alyssa Sato assisted on the goal for the Bears (6-9-2, 3-4-2), who can secure a berth in the NEWMAC tournament with a win over MIT on Saturday.
• Mitchell College twice had a one-game lead on Newbury but couldn't sustain it as the Nighthawks rallied to win their first round New England Collegiate Conference tournament match 18-25, 25-23, 16-25, 27-25, 15-11. Gloria Charles had 15 kills and 18 digs and Nicole Caminiti had 35 assists and 13 digs for the sixth-seeded Mariners (9-13). Also, Amanda Garcia had 20 kills and eight digs.
• Connecticut College edged Eastern Connecticut 25-22, 26-25, 20-25, 19-25 and 20-18, winning a wild fifth game that featured 16 ties and seven lead changes. Gabi Taylor led the Camels (12-11) with 15 kills while Caroline Martin added 14 kills and 21 digs, and Jamie Balkin had 30 digs and Kaitlin Cunningham had 55 assists.
• Kellyn O'Brady had 11 kills and six digs as Wellesley swept Coast Guard 25-17, 25-18, 25-21 in the NEWMAC. Traci Hamanaka had 18 digs for Wellesley (26-4, 9-0). Maggie Hine had 19 assists and five digs for the Bears (21-7, 5-4) while Rebekah Muller had eight kills and five digs.
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