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Coginchaug Boys Soccer Cools After Hot Start, Plus More Local Soccer Highlights

News and updates about High School and Coginchaug Soccer Club teams.

BOYS VARSITY (3-5-1)

This week: Lost to East Hampton 6-0, Lost to Hale-Ray 3-2

There’s no way I could write a better recap than the one in the Middletown Press this morning, so please click here for the story.

I spoke to Coach after the match, and his comments were identical to what’s in that story, but he also added well deserved praise for seniors Connor Brennan and Bobby Jungles for their overall play in the middle of the field. Senior Captain Kyle Dupre suffered a concussion in the fourth game of the season and Coach Cap saw his return as a “big help,” adding that he hopes he “can relieve some pressure off of Tyler” to score goals.

In addition, in my opinion, Michael Decker continues to elevate his game and has made several aggressive and smart plays in recent matches.  He and senior captain Alan Haberern played their hearts out against Hale Ray and it paid off when they combined to score the second Coginchaug goal. Although they didn't complete the comeback, that goal gave the team hope, and kept them fighting hard right to the final whistle.

NEXT:  MONDAY at H-K (0-6-1) 3:45 PM, WEDNESDAY at HOME vs North Branford (3-3-1) 3:45 PM

GIRLS VARSITY (4-5-0)

This week: Lost to East Hampton 2-0, Beat Hale-Ray 5-0, Lost to Immaculate 3-0

NEXT:  Tuesday at H-K 3:45 PM

GIRLS JV

Lost to East Hampton, Beat Hale-Ray 3-0.  A very well played game.   Goals by Gabby Diaz, MacKenzie Rulnick and Cassie Kovacs.  Outstanding play from Megan Sirois, Lena Huntington and GK Hailey Quirk.

COGINCHAUG SOCCER CLUB

BOYS U12 CONNECTICUT CUP

Gunners Win Game One!

On Saturday, September 29, the CSC boys U12 (a.k.a. “The Gunners”) played their first ever State Cup Fixture.  An unfortunate early draw sent them North to face a very strong, an undefeated Ellington Squad at Sadds Mill Park.  Undaunted, the Gunners proved up to the challenge.  A goal by Tim Arcari in the sixth minute held up and the Gunners emerged elated with a 1-0 victory.  Overall, the game was fiercely contested as both squads proved equally strong.  Facing elimination, Ellington came out aggressively in the second half.  The Gunners, who changed to their grey uniforms at the directive of the referees had to post a full team effort in order to thwart numerous scoring efforts. Ultimately, an instinctive block on the goal line by Trevor Scotto, covering the open goal for his keeper Kyle Roberts, who had attacked a breakaway to keep the score intact through the waning moments.  It was truly a team effort that won the game.

Most parents on the Coginchaug side of the pitch spent the second half on the edge of their seats and were rewarded with relief when the final whistle sounded.  The gunners drove home with smiles and spent the rest of the day at the fair telling the story, and look forward to their second round game in the coming weeks.  They will play the winner of Guilford verses North Haven who are playing on Saturday October 13th. (Submitted by Tom Arcari)

BOYS U11 CONNECTICUT CUP

Lost to Naugatuck 4-1 on Fair Weekend.  The team was missing some key players, but Coach Jim Hempel saw it as a good experience for the team.

Girls U11

Tied Stratford 3-3 on 9/23.  See the slide show for some great pictures from that match submitted by Dawn Mendoza.  Thanks!  Please keep them coming!

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