Local roundup: Wheeler, Old Lyme boys advance in Clas S soccer
North Stonington — The Wheeler High School boys' soccer team advanced to the CIAC Class S second round with a dramatic win on Monday.
The 12th-seeded Lions survived their first-round game against No. 21 Coventry, winning on penalty kicks, 4-3. The game was deadlocked at 3-3 at the end of the second overtime.
Matt Pierce, Ian Spracklin, Scott Pion and Lukas Jones each converted a penalty kick for the Lions, who visit defending champion Old Saybrook, the fifth seed, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
"We practiced penalty kicks," Wheeler coach Joe Mendonca said. "That's not the way I planned it. But it is what it is. ... It's a good win."
The Lions took a 2-0 lead at halftime on Pierce's two goals before Coventry rallied to tie the score and force overtime.
Spracklin's goal put Wheeler on top in the first overtime, but Coventry answered with the equalizer once again.
In other first-round matches:
• Alex Warmus scored a pair of goals less than a minute apart in the first 13 minutes as No. 12 Ledyard cruised to a 5-2 win over No. 21 Bullard-Havens in Class M. The Colonels (13-5) will play at No. 5 Windham in Wednesday's second round. Windham beat Killingly 6-0. Nick Washington and Daimon Pollard added one goal and one assist apiece for Ledyard, Fabian May scored a goal and Tyler LaPerle added an assist.
• Avery Welch scored twice to pace No. 23 Old Lyme past No. 10 Montville 3-1 in Class S. Richard Damian scored and Ryan Tetreault had four saves for Old Lyme (7-6-4), which will play at No. 7 Hale-Ray in Wednesday’s second round. Jacob Rose scored and Isaiah Gallagher had six saves for the Indians (9-6-3).
• No. 12 Pomperaug outlasted No. 12 East Lyme 3-1 in Class L. The Vikings, who finish 8-8-2, trailed 2-0 when Finn Power scored off a direct kick with 17 minutes left, but Pomperaug added a late insurance goal. The Vikings held a 13-10 edge in shots and goalie Owen Brown made five saves.
• Calvin Ampofo scored three goals as No. 16 Windsor Locks defeated No. 17 St. Bernard in Class S. Billy Niles scored a second-half goal for the Saints, who finish 8-6-3, while goalie Martin Arvidson made 15 saves.
• Hannah Avila had 23 assists, five digs and three aces as No. 16 Ledyard swept No. 17 Plainfield 25-19, 25-18, 25-14 in the Class M first round. Kira Kassim had 13 kills, six digs and four aces and Tejeah Winston had six kills and two aces for Ledyard (11-11), which will play top-seeded and defending champion Seymour in Wednesday’s second round.
• Sabrina Kobyluck had 31 assists and six aces as No. 11 Waterford downed No. 22 Ansonia 25-8, 25-10, 25-20 in the Class M first round. Ryleigh Gonyo had 12 kills, nine digs and five aces, Rachel Miller had 11 digs, eight digs and two aces, and Briana Muckle had 13 digs for Waterford (18-5), the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I tournament champion. The Lancers will play at No. 6 Amistad in Wednesday's second round.
• Karly Morales had 27 assists and Nora Ryan added nine kills as No. 11 Fitch swept No. 22 North Haven 25-15, 25-17, 25-12 in the Class L first round. Nyseannah Ishmael had nine kills and Marlo Sim had 11 digs for the Falcons (17-6), which will play at No. 6 Masuk in Thursday’s second round.
• No. 15 East Lyme cruised to a 25-11, 25-10, 25-20 win over No. 18 Stratford in the Class L first round. Mya Delesdernier had 18 kills and 10 digs for the Vikings (13-8), who play at No. 2 Avon in the second round on Thursday, while Jaylyn Mueller added five aces and eight digs and Ellie Meredith had 36 assists.
• Jair Currie scored 26 points as St. Thomas More opened its season with a 99-61 win over Redempetion Christian Academy. Derrius Ward added 16 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Chancellors while Elijah Perry had eight assists, Justino Hemphill had 11 rebounds and Chris Manon nine.
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