PORTLAND – Haddam-Killingworth’s balanced offense scored in each half before Portland could get on the board, giving the Cougars a 4-1 girls soccer win over the Highlanders in the Shoreline Conference on Friday.
Autumn Walton (assisted by Morgan Madore) and Yumi Imai (Hadley Commerford) put H-K ahead 2-0 at the half.
Kedarjah Lewis (assisted by Kaitlyn Parri) and Madore (from Lewis) padded the Cougars’ lead in the second half.
“I thought it was a good effort from our team,” said H-K coach Mike Shea. “With COVID, we had such a short season to really see the girls in their positions. Not having any preseason games made it difficult to go into the first game of the season.”
The Cougars have a freshman, Rory Parri, on its varsity roster and she started at center back on Friday.
“She did an outstanding job,” Shea said. “She has good vision of the field and made some really good decisions. Leah Sosnowski, a junior, stepped up and led the defensive line. We have quite a few defenders on the team and I was really impressed with every single member. It was a good start for us.”
McKenzie Lamalfa scored for Portland, with Mia Quesnel getting the assist. Highlanders keeper Hannah Brunk had 13 saves.
Sophia Torello and Brianna Nugent combined to make four saves for H-K.
In other games around the area:
Cromwell 3, North Branford 0
CROMWELL — Goals by Anna Sbriglio (on a penalty kick), Kayla Nolan and Olivia Lusitani carried the Panthers to their season-opening win in Shoreline play. Bella Barber and Kayla Nolan provided the assists.
Cromwell keeper Lily Keeney had five saves in the shutout. North Branford goalie Ashlee Amendola had 16 saves.
Coginchaug 12, Westbrook 0
DURHAM – Charlotte Dunleavy and Katie Farr scored three goals apiece and Samantha Paul put two in the net in the Blue Devils’ Shoreline win.
Westbrook goalkeeper Alexandra Zanzalari had 18 saves on 30 shots.
Serena Fournier, Alyssa Woodward, Jess Parkinson and Maddie Climie also scored for Coginchaug.
Mercy 3, Cheshire 1
CHESHIRE – Grace Riegler scored in each half to help Mercy open the season with an SCC divisional win over the Rams.
Riegler was assisted by Kathryn Menard in the 36th minute. Menard set up Kate Donlan’s goal four minutes later to give the Tigers a 2-0 halftime lead. Riegler again was assisted by Menard in the opening minutes of the second half for the insurance goal.
Gabby Tirado scored for Cheshire in the 80th minute. Mercy keeper Melina Ford had seven saves.
Valley Regional 3, Old Lyme 2 (25-22, 23-25, 25-19, 21-25, 16-14)
Valley: Ava Boyles had 17 kills and 17 digs; Emma Counter had 27 assists. Old Lyme: Abby Sicuranza had 11 kills and 9 aces; Abby Speckhals had 11 assists; Melanie Warren had 10 digs.